A vegan Boston couple, Lisa & Jim referred me to Red Lentil Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant in Watertown, that is slightly outside of Boston area so I was excited to try something new and vegan in Watertown, MA. Red Lentil has two locations, one in Watertown, MA and one in New Haven, CT. Red Lentil Vegetarian offers gluten-free, raw, and macrobiotic selections.
There was one note I would like to point out: The relationship between the host and/or waiter (1 person) and the kitchen at the restaurant (4-5 staff) was wee odd after hearing about confusion with takeout orders for other customers. Perhaps it was due to the timing, having arrived at the start of dinner service, but over the course of our meal, we were waited by three different kitchen staff and placed our order twice with two separate waiters, ultimately our orders arrived without any complications or duplications. I thought I would like to share my observations.
To get to Red Lentil Vegetarian from Boston, you might have to rent a car or ZipCar, but we have a family car to borrow to get there. It may seem difficult to get there via public transportation. There are two different methods to get there.
1. Take the red line to Harvard Square stop, and take Bus #71 off Mt Auburn St @ Story St, it will take approx 14 stops to get to Mt Auburn St @ Lloyd Rd.
2. If you are living in Coolidge Corner, take Bus #66 (Harvard Square via Allston) from Coolidge Corner Station, get off at Harvard Square area (JFK St @ Eliot St), and then take Bus #71 (Watertown Square via Mt. Auburn St.) off Mt Auburn St @ Story St, it will take approx 14 stops to get to Mt Auburn St @ Lloyd Rd.
- Website: www.theredlentil.com/watertown | Facebook: facebook.com/RedLentilRestaurant | Twitter: twitter.com/redlentil600 | Menu: Read Full Online Menu They do have VEGAN and GLUTEN-FREE labels next to some menu items.
- Address: 600 Mount Auburn Street Watertown, MA 02472 For public transportation, please refer to the second paragraph on this post.
- Hours: Open Monday to Thursday (Lunch: 11:00am – 5:00pm, Dinner 5:00pm – 9:30pm), Friday (Lunch: 11:00am – 5:00pm, Dinner: 5:00pm – 10:00pm), Saturday (Brunch 9:00am – 3:00pm, Lunch 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Dinner 5:00pm – 10:00pm) and Sunday (Brunch 9:00am – 3:00pm, Dinner 5:00pm-9:30pm)
- Vegan Notes: It is 100% vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Please inquire which dishes can be made VEGAN; they do serve GLUTEN-FREE dishes as “they recognize the severity of celiac disease”. All their desserts are VEGAN and some GLUTEN-FREE.
Vegan Sesame Encrusted Seitan Strips: $8
My boyfriend is a massive fan of wasabi and horseradish, anything from spicy to the hottest sauce that literally fires up your nose and he liked the sweet miso-horseradish dressing. It is a very beautiful plate of pan-seared sesame encrusted seitan strips, I wish I had more of them since the appetizer portion looks rather small for two. The seitan strips weren’t tough or dry or soggy, but slightly chewy and crusty as what the plate would call it as “encrusted.” I’m not quite big on the dressing, but I was happy to taste the seitan strips alone garnished with chopped green onions.
Vegan & Gluten-Free Beet-Potato Latkes: $7
Their appetizer beet-potato latkes was both vegan and gluten-free, however the portion looked rather too small or light. The apricot marmalade and “light-green” cilantro vinaigrette tasted very delicious, but I prefer my latkes slightly thicker with more texture and flavour. It was nice to see an unique combination of sweet potatoes, beets, thyme dates and granny smith apples in the beautiful pan seared latkes, but I could not taste the latkes very much. But I’m not sure I would get it again as an appetizer.
Vegan Near East Seitan with Teff Crepe: $14.50
You may realize that my dishes are getting even more costly in the East Coast than the West Coast. I had a vegan savory crepe before in Seattle, but this one caught my eyes: a sweet and savory crepe with pan-seared seitan. I do like the fact that Red Lentil makes their own seitan from scratch. The dish was beyond gorgeous: pan-seared seitan braised in creamy fenugreek sauce, stuffed inside a teff crepe, served with wilted baby spinach and black bean-pineapple salsa. I could taste the sweetness from the black bean-pineapple salsa and the creamy fenugreek sauce. The seitan tasted similiar like the encrusted seitan strips appetizers. It is a filling meal for sure compared to these two appetizers I had with my boyfriend.
Vegan Tiramisu Cake
I brought Red Lentil’s two vegan desserts with me home. I had to get rid of the artificial cherry since I grew up disliking them. The vegan tiramisu cake slice looks pretty good, I do like the white frosting for the most part. The cake is slightly dense which is hard for me to finish, which I usually like my cakes light or fluffy. In the end, I ate it for a night snack and morning. I’m not sure I would get their desserts again, but I would be more interested in trying their main vegan entrees.
Vegan Cashew Rice Pudding
I am a massive fan of rice pudding. When I was dating my boyfriend, he gave me a large jar of rice pudding to snack on for a couple of days and I finished it the next morning. This has proven how addictive rice puddings are for me. This vegan cashew rice pudding is also gluten-free. It wasn’t extremely sweet for me, but it was too runny for me. I do like how the cashew nuts are soft to chew after being cooked in the rice pudding for awhile. I would recommend eating it after being refrigerated for several hours. The rice pudding is missing something else such as cinnamon sugar, etc.