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Thursday, June 3, 2010

B&O American Brasserie

I was invited for a tasting of B&O American Brasserie's spring menu, and let me just tell you, it is a delight!  Their menu is so inviting, seriously, take a look.  From the list of their drinks, to the descriptions of the entrees - you know this place is something special, especially when they make their own cola (which is actually clear) and feature drinks with liquid smoke or lychee and ginger root juice!   

Also, this restaurant is just gorgeous!!!!! I immediately pictured power lunches, first dates and low-key happy hours taking place here (talking about happy hours, theirs is 4-7PM daily with $3 Beers, $3 House Wines and $5 Daily Cocktail).

To drink, I tried the Remedy ($10), which features vodka, Chartreuse, orange flower water, ginger syrup and orange juice.  In all honesty, I wasn't the biggest fan of this drink, which is more my fault - I don't like anything OJ + Vodka...and I thought the other flavors would stand out more, but they didn't as much as I needed them to.

We then moved onto appetizers, entrees and desserts.  It was a wonderful tasting and I tried many things, though small bites here and there and in all honesty, there are some items I tried where I do not feel right giving an opinion because I really didn't try enough of it.

So let me tell you my favorites: 

The Green Crunch ($11) - Asparagus, snow peas, green beans, peas, with chipotle goat cheese (there was none on mine), smoked almonds and ginger-chive dressing.  I LOVED this salad.  It was exactly as the title states - nice and crunchy!  It tastes really fresh and spring-like.  I loved the smoked almonds paired with the greens - a great touch.

The Market Flatbread ($9) was SO GOOD -- red bliss potato, smoked ricotta, egg and baby arugula.  I cannot get over how amazing this was. I would easily order this anytime I go here.  I just looooooooved the egg+potato combo. If you wanted a nice cheap dinner - go with this, it would be awesome. YUM.

Ricotta Gnocchi (Half $11, Full $19) - squash blossoms, braised lettuce and arugula pesto.  I love gnocchi, they have a special place in my heart, especially when amazing - and these fall right into place.  They aren't your typical gnocchi since they are made with ricotta and so they avoid that "gummy" texture that some have.  Felt like little heavenly cloudy pillows in my mouth.  Loved this.

Salt Cod Crusted Turbot ($24) - This was probably my favorite entree, the fish was just incredible - lovely and crisp on the outside and wonderful buttery and light on the inside.  Incredible.

Crispy Duck Confit ($23) - Sous Vide Breast, Chorizo and Cassoulet.  I was really excited to try this because this wouldn't be a meal I would usually order, and yet I was very happy with it!  If you like duck, you will love this meal, trust me, and the duck + cassoulet is just a wonderful combination.  The chorizo is a nice touch as well, as an extra.

Tasting dessert was a pleasure at B&O because all of them are made in-house!  I loved the meyer lemon bars with blueberry sorbet.

I also LOVED LOVED LOVED this dulce de leche tart with meringue.  This dessert was closest to me, and I can assure you I did the most damage to this, it was my favorite.  It would be the best to share - really rich and decadent.

There is no set dessert menu, so depending on when you go, you could have a completely different experience!  There is an ice cream maker on the premise, so they also whip up crazy combinations, some that we tried included: avocado (tasted like....avocados), adobo bacon (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not a fan), and caramelized banana (sign me up!)

Overall, this tasting was wonderful and really allowed me to find many items on this menu that I would love to come back for and bring Dan!!!!  I know he would love to try the gnocchi and turbot as well!!!!  I hope this review was helpful for you as well!!!! Let me know if you go there and what you get!

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DISCLAIMER: Though this was a free tasting, I was not asked to write a positive review and felt no inclination to write anything which did not reflect my true opinion of B&O American Brasserie.


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I would like to taste duck. I have been reading that it taste good and it does look good in the plate.

Viagra kaufen said...

That flatbread looks AMAZING. I am so jealous. I want to eat that too.

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