Hot potato, the earliest dish designed to be passed, is nearly extinct due to the constant ravages of grade-school appetites. Today's Groupon revives shifting sustenance: for $15, you get $30 worth of european tapas, paninis, and wine at Le Rouge Wine Bar & Tapas.
Amid the glow of the bar’s warm red lighting, the culinary porters at Le Rouge Wine Bar & Tapas deliver patrons piquant packages of European cuisine and wine. Diners start with appetite-ensnaring tapas such as Kobe-beef sliders, accompanied by caramelized onions and truffle farmhouse cheese ($13), or a tomato-and-goat-cheese Napoleon crisply adorned with brioche croutons ($8). Fanatics of fromage may also dabble in artisan cheeses ($7), such as brie, parmegiano reggiano, or manchego, or shrewdly phone Marseille and ask for the cheese department. Sip a smooth-pouring Albrecht pinot blanc from Alsace, France ($12) while artfully bedecking the palate with the house-cured salmon tapas ($14), built with crème fraîche, paddlefish caviar mache, and a delicate sprinkling of je ne sais quoi. Or, methodically deconstruct a grilled and pressed sandwich, such as the chicken, pesto, sundried tomatoes, and smoked-gouda panini ($10), which may be pleasantly partnered with a domestic Wyland Cellars chardonnay ($14) from a Napa grape-stomping operation. Guests twine tines and sip fine vino amid Le Rouge’s sleek wine bar ambience, tastefully outfitted with posh white loveseats and warm brick walls. Polished tabletops provide a smooth surface for invigorating plate hockey, and romantically dim lights add ample ambience to an elegant evening out.
- The ahi sliders and mac & cheese are to die for! Service was excellent. And of course, great wine selection - lots of varied types and prices. – OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on 01/16/2011
- Whether you choose to sit at a table or at the sofas and chairs, or at the spacious bar, you'll be tempted to linger at Le Rouge. – Tom B., Yelp, 1/22/11
Aiming to emulate the tucked-away wine bars and cafes of Europe, Le Rouge Wine Bar and Tapas accommodates its guests in the low-lit, loungey atmosphere with chic, comfortable chairs and warm tones. Of course, there's wine. Along one wall, rows of wine bottles are displayed adjacent to a line of intimate tables where couples share small plates, or wait for the next course in a tasting menu coupled with wine pairings.
7730 W Sand Lake Rd.
Orlando, Florida 32819Get Directions