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Red Pepper goes Brazilian

November 16th, 2008

Red Pepper, a restaurant that states they offer authentic Chinese cuisine, posted an email on Framcom stating that due to the amount of people asking for Brazilian food, they are now offering authentic Brazilian cuisine as well. 

I know Red Pepper used to be a Brazilian place, but just seems so odd to me that anyone, never mind enough people to persuade management, would purposely go to a Chinese restaurant and ask for Brazilian food.  Especially with plenty of Brazilian restaurants, run by Brazilians, in town.   
Just thought that was interesting/bizarre.

19 Comments »

  1. Looks like desperation.

    Comment by Ed November 17, 2008 @ 2:22 am

  2. Having lived n the Framingham area all my life, I have seen so many restaurants come and go out of that space. One would think the location isn’t so bad, but its low visibility from Edgell Road and the “plaza’s”poor site planning certainly doesn’t do it any favors. I never ate at any of the many restaurants that have occupied that space… have any of them ever been any good?

    Comment by Kathryn November 17, 2008 @ 9:07 am

  3. Bring back Liams!

    Comment by Jennifer November 17, 2008 @ 9:48 am

  4. I’m from N.Y. Every time I visited Framingham to see friends, I INSISTED on at least one visit to the Brazilian place. I was absolutely ready to riot (they heldme back) when we drove down and I realized it was replaced with the Chinese restaurant.
    I’m not so sure about a Chinese restaurant cooking my churrascaria meat. I say, close the entire thing and bring in an entirely Brazilian place. Nothing else will do.

    Comment by Kris November 17, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

  5. I liked Martini’s when it was there, and wasn’t there a mexican place there, too? I have been here 13 years and I can think of about 6 off th etop of my head. I hope one makes it.

    Comment by Carol November 17, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

  6. I’d rather eat at the old CAPE COD restuarant next door than any place that comes into this building….

    Comment by jess November 18, 2008 @ 2:54 am

  7. Three cheers for the Cape Cod Restaurant!

    (I worked there for years, couldn’t resist the meta-comment. I think I was inside Liam’s once, long-distinct predecessor of Red Pepper.)

    Comment by Mitch Cohen November 18, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

  8. I also received that email last week, and thought about how odd it was that an “authentic” Chinese restaurant would now be serving Brazilian food. Equally odd is the claim that people would come in and ask for it. When I go out for Chinese food, I expect that Chinese restaurant to be serving exactly that.

    Of the few people I know that actually ate there, none were enthusiastic about the food. My sense is that the business has fallen on hard times, and with the recent closure of many of the local Brazilian places, perhaps the owner is mistakenly trying to capitalize on that market, which I think is sounding the death knell for Red Pepper.

    Comment by Eric November 18, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

  9. I’ve actually eaten at Red Pepper and thought the food was great. The menu is from a different region of China and really spicy. I didn’t know that they had turned half of it into a Brazilian place – that really explains the dance / model party flyers in the ladies room. The Chinese portion of the restaurant was too nice for that.

    Comment by Mrs.Bart November 18, 2008 @ 5:16 pm

  10. That change is absurd! I have to agree with Eric, it sounds more like a move out of desperation than opportunity.

    My one meal at Red Pepper was enough to make me stay away. The food was certainly spicy, which I like, but also incredibly incredibly salty. The deal breaker was the poor service. Not only is waiting 15 minutes for a waiter unacceptable, but watching a few different tables of Chinese customers seated 10 to 15 minutes after my party being waited on before us clinched it. That’s downright rude.

    I’ll stick with Sichuan Gourmet, Framingham’s hidden treasure.

    Comment by Pigtrip November 19, 2008 @ 6:55 am

  11. Before you pass judgement on the place, Red Pepper has expanded the offerings to both Chinese and Brazilian food, but the restaurants are distinct. They are still the same Red Pepper on the main deck and the Brazilian restaurant is on the second floor, run by a differnet crew. Same with the kitchen, they use the same kitchen, but separate cooks and kitchen locations.
    I am a regular Red Pepper customer, not an employee. 🙂
    Those who haven’t tried Red Pepper are really missing a great experience in Chinese cuisine. Jennifer, the proprietor is trying very hard to please the tastes of the area, so give them a try – I think you’ll like it! Mai Tais are dynamite as well…….
    Sichuan Gourmet is also very good – you can’t go wrong with either restaurant.
    As for the Brazilian Restaurant upstairs, I haven’t tried it so I can’t comment. We now have a Fusion Restaurant in Framingham, which is very common to LA and California. Give them a shot!

    Comment by Mac November 19, 2008 @ 11:39 am

  12. Oddly enough, whenever I meet my Brazilian wife for lunch we decide between going to a favorite Brazilian place down town or to Chinese. I guess if we went here we wouldn’t need to make the decision until we got there! 🙂

    Comment by Bill Greenberg - Good Computer Guy November 26, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

  13. We purpose-fully went here for dinner last week because of the Chinese/Brazilian combo – big mistake. Everyone else on our party of 4 ordered Chinese, I ordered Brazilian and they knew we would be doing this as soon as we went in as we told them.

    The Chinese food came out quick as you please, while I waited and waited and….waited. It just happened that the owner came by and noticed that I had NO food in front of me while everyone else in our party was finishing up their meals. She ran to the kitchen to check on my order and returned saying that the ‘chef’ did not think to look further than the Chinese meals portion of the order because of the Chinese characters – I guess it is highly unusual for a party to order BOTH Chinese and Brazilian. My meal came out within minutes after this.

    At this point of course everyone else was completely finished with their meal. Every one of the three of them said they were displeased with their meals and did not want to return. I was very satisfied with my meal and would not hesitate to return for Brazilian.

    I was very, very surprised the owner did not give at least a discount on our bill considering the circumstances, but we didn’t say anything. We were served and we did eat the food, after all.

    Comment by snowpea December 5, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

  14. This is a good site to create a facility that can serve multi cusine, ethnic food from different countries in South East Asia region e.g. India, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China.

    It will surely hit and attract many more customers. It will be difficult to find a parking space.

    Comment by EthnicFoodLover December 10, 2008 @ 2:07 pm

  15. It appears that the doors are closed as of January… it wasn’t open yesterday. Does anyone have any more information?
    Thanks

    Comment by WorkintheArea January 8, 2009 @ 10:05 am

  16. I just stopped by and there is a note on the door stating that due to the bad economy, the Chinese restaurant will reopen in the near future. The upstairs Brazilian restaurant will remain open in the meantime.

    Comment by Mac January 14, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

  17. We had our group Christmas party there in ’07 and had a blast so it was decided to go back there again for ’08. It snowed the day of the party so we rescheduled with Jennifer (manager) for 1/9/09. I called the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before the 9th and each time an answering machine picked up with the generic ‘please leave a message’. I decided to stop there to see what was up only to find the door locked, lights on, and newspapers scattered about the floor. Fortunately, now that it was after the holidays, it was easy to get another restaurant on board. Very disappointing.

    Comment by Ray C January 23, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

  18. Alll I can say, Red Pepper was awesome especially Friday night Jazz. This Brazilian must stop during the nights, only should be used after restaurant is closed.
    I want my chinese food again, especially the service. Suzy was a good waitress, she should come back and keep the restaurant actve. She was the only one who actually understood us american visitors.

    Comment by Leon February 24, 2009 @ 3:24 am

  19. RedPepper has reopened. They are under new management and once again this restaurant is much like the Sichuan Gourmet, catering to the Chinese population with real Chinese food. I stopped by and ordered some takeout – the food is outstanding as it was before, but you do need to be open to new recipes.
    The new cook is a Chinese person from New York with a formal training in Chinese food preparation.
    I loved the meal – give them a try!

    Comment by Mac March 22, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

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