Submitted Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 10:48pm [Dine in]
Deuce is my ideal kind of restaurant. Great design, awesome atmosphere, contemporary and outstanding service. The server was phenomenal and had such a good sense of humour! The menu is exciting and unique. It is fresh, modern and different. The problem is the food. They just did not get it quite right. We had the Dine Out menu and I ordered the Deuce Salad to start. The menu stated that it came with 'Qualicum Sunshine feta and pomegranate avocado vinaigrette'. Mine came with goat’s cheese and balsamic dressing. It tasted good, but what were they doing in the kitchen??? Next were the Dungeness crab fritters. I was really looking forward to these, but they were barely warm and just tasteless. My husband ordered the beef short ribs for the main dish - they were outstanding. They melted in your mouth and had a great flavour. I had the mac and cheese which was not so good. It had lumps of very fatty, undercooked pancetta in it. The pancetta just ruined the mac and cheese. Desserts ok and wine menu excellent. I would give Deuce another try, as I think it has so much potential. The kitchen just needs to have the same quality as the rest of the restaurant.
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Submitted Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 10:29pm [Dine in]
This was the first visit to Bravo Cucina and although I was not expecting 'authentic' Italian, I thought the menu and food lacked a lot of imagination. No complaints about the service or atmosphere, both were very good. The menu was just so disappointing; I was actually hoping they would have a bresaola or just a simple prosciutto and melon salad for an appetizer. The salads and bocconcini tomato were just not appealing on a winter’s night. I ordered the mushroom risotto for the main course. The rice was undercooked, the sauce salty and there was certainly not a 'local' mushroom to be found. My husband ordered the Penne Arrabiata and although he finished it off pretty quickly, it was nothing out of this world. Just boring canned olives and a tasteless tomato sauce. In all fairness I could have easily recreated both dishes at home and saved about $25!!! Oh well, we will not be going back. I will be searching for a true, simple Italian restaurant, which I am sure is somewhere in Vancouver.
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