One Friday night our party of six arrived at Ruby Red Flamingo and placed our names on the waiting list. For groups under eight people (from what I remember) you can not make a booking. We were told that it would be a one-and-a-half hour wait so we proceeded to have a few drinks at the upstairs bar.
Our name was called, and we were seated in the outside dining area. It was a little chilly that night but the gas heaters surrounding the tables kept us warm - lighting was a little dim though (and as a result, there are no photos on this post...sorry!).
The concept of Ruby Red Flamingo is centred around sharing. Order multiple dishes which are to be shared with the group. Having said this, I don't believe that this was done well. The concept was there, but the execution wasn't. The dishes weren't well designed for sharing - pasta and risotto at the sizes that were provided did not go well. Compared to other eateries that have executed the 'sharing' concept well (Melt or Press*), this did not compare.
We ordered seven mains which consisted of three pasta dishes, a seafood risotto, a seafood main, a chicken main and a steak. Overall, the flavours of the dishes were quite simple and reminded me of home cooking. Now, don't get me wrong, simple flavours, if done well can be fantastic, but the dishes (apart from the pasta's) at Ruby Red Flamingo didn't really do it for me.
Now for a quick summary:
- Mafalde Ragu: Chicken and Turkey Ragu with a tomato base. Pasta was cooked al-dente and the flavours were simple and clean
- Maccheroni Eggplant: Smoked scamorza, dry ricotta and tomato. I love eggplant, so this was a tasty dish for me
- Seafood Risotto: The seafood flavour was very strong, prawns were cooked well and not overdone
- Steak: Was cooked medium with simple flavours
- Chicken: Was meant to be shared, however was not cut when presented to the table. Made for a difficult meal to share with the group
- Seafood: Prawns were cooked well - nothing special with the dish
- Amatriciana: Pasta was cooked al-dente with hints of chilli through the dish which added a nice heat
In addition to the lack lustre dishes, the service provided to us was nothing to brag about. Our waiter appeared un-enthused and service in general was quite average. In my honest opinion, the hype surrounding this venue did not live up to its expectations...however, I will let you guys decide for yourselves!
Overall, Mirko gives Ruby Red Flamingo 12/20 chops on The Chopping Board.