Adesso Bistro is now open in the space previously occupied by L'Altro Buca. Adesso (meaning now in Italian) serves modern, authentic northern Italian cuisine.
Three girlfriends and myself went to Adesso last week and it was still their "soft" opening week. We loved the food so much we took pictures but apparently they did not save on our phone. Anyway we had a selection of appetizers (called stuzzicini ?) and just this was worth the trip there. The rice balls are called Suppli and they are crisp outside and sooo tasty and gooey inside. We also had the steak dish- just so tender, and the seafood salad and a proscuitto pizza. All the plates are not too big so we shared everything and then we had a dessert platter. I can't remember any of the names except the affugato and this was so creamy, chocolatey and wonderful. Just one picky thing - one dessert was not sweet enough. I think it was a profiterole.
We seemed to have several servers and they were very friendly and helpful as well as professional. The room itself is very cozy and comfortable. I will definately be back and so will my friends. I can't wait for the patio to open too.
I live a short stroll from Adesso in its improbable but charming location on the lower floor of an old building on quiet, leafy Haro St. Past incarnations at this location included Delilah's, Parkside and Altro Buca.
If you scan the reviews below you will see a demarcation line that separates the older "ordinary" reviews from more recent "extraordinary" ones. It turns out that line was crossed in March 2012 when a new Chef arrived from Italy to inject sizzle into what had become a tired and disappointing dining experience.
Over a year ago I had sworn off any further visits to Adesso until a friend highly recommended it based on a recent visit. On the strength of that recommendation, six of us dined at Adesso this week. We were amazed and thoroughly impressed by the experience. It's hard to discount the unanimous praise of that many diners, given the wide variety of menu choices sampled. You know every single dish is a hit when normal conversation is replaced by a raptured chorus of "Mmmmmmmmmmmmm". The food and presentation are inspired, and none of us could find fault with any of our choices.
I'm not going to repeat the menu - that's available on Adesso's website, and frankly I doubt you could find a dud among the offerings. Selections track the seasons and avoid the boredom of an unchanging printed menu. The wine list is extensive without being overwhelming and presents some good values at reasonable prices. Gracious and friendly service was never the problem at Adesso, and the service remains excellent.
As someone who had written Adesso off, I'm happy to say I've changed my mind, and I can't wait to return.
Had dinner here this evening with six friends. This is a charming restaurant in a primarily residential neighbourhood (West End), hard to find parking although found out later there was valet parking available.
Service was friendly and charming. I enjoyed the beet salad and seafood pasta. Portion size was perfect, dishes artfully presented and everything really delicious. The restaurant was quite busy but service was prompt and frequently asked how meal was going. The ambiance is fantastic, it is in the lower level of what I'm guessing is a heritage apartment, with beautiful wooden beams in the ceiling, velvet banquettes, gorgeous lighting, very romantic and intimate feeling. Unfortunately I was too full to have dessert, but meal was overall very enjoyable.
Adesso is a refreshing restaurant compared to many other standard chain restaurants out there which are duplicated on every corner...
We sat on the patio at Adesso which provided great atmosphere, with an outdoor heater right beside our table. Cool neighborhood feel located in the West End. The waiter was very personable and entertained us throughout the evening. He was knowledgeable on the menu, and was very attentive... We tried the hand made lobster ravioli with the Brasato beef which was excellent.
I will go back on the next sunny day to try the pizza ai funghi and have some drinks on the patio.
We wanted to pick someplace really special on our last night in Vancouver so after much research we decided on Adesso because of its great reviews. Good choice. Firstly the service was wonderful from the second we entered and were greeted and had our coats hung and taken to our table by a very funny and friendly person. Our server was a tall man with a great sense of humor and a subtle way of guiding us through the menu. We finally settled on the three course menu for $32. This was a great choice because they were featuring a region of Italy that the chef is from. I will never forget the soup although I have forgotten its name. It was made with baccala and potato and the flavor was unbelievable. The main we chose was baby octopus and it was melt in the mouth tender. The dessert was exceptional too as fruit strudel is apparently a staple in the region. The room is beautiful too and reminiscent of places we have been to in Europe and New York. Highly recommend.
Great little bistro tucked away. We came under a recommendation from some friends and had a great evening.
I had the linguini vongole and it was superb. Another big hit was the short ribs. All four of us enjoyed are meals.
We sat on the patio and would recommend doing the same as it very quaint.
Try this place out. Good food and service
I took a lady friend to this place, as a prelude to a romantic evening. The evening got off to a poor start, the sign out front advertised valet parking, and there was no attendant. I dropped the keys off with the guy at the door, who looked at me like I was an alien.
Once seated, at a nice enough table - the place has decent decor and atmosphere, we perused the menu. It seemed like whenever we got our conversation going, the server would interrupt. This was a theme throughout the meal. At one point we joked with each other that she must be doing it on purpose, that no one could be that dense. The martini for 5 special was tried, my companion remarked, where is the booze in this thing? I tried mine, very weak, explaining the price point.
The risotto croquette appy was mealy and looked more like a deep fried crabcake. Our entrees arrived too hot to be edible, we needed to wait, which was unacceptable, but in the end fine, as the wine took it's time arriving, which wasn't. A decent bottle with an obscene markup. The food was ok, nothing special and the portion size was too small, considering the $27/28 dollars charged.
Again, the server managed to interrupt far too often, asking about the food, refilling glasses that didn't require it, it was like she was stalking us.
Dessert came and went, a forgettable semifreddo and the bill arrived, nearly $200 for appys, entrees, 1 cocktail, 1 bottle of domestic wine and dessert. Not a good value, I will never go back.
We recently came for brunch as we have enjoyed many dinners at Adesso. Well the brunch is just wonderful. It is so cozy inside and the service was both spot on professional and very friendly (and somewhat droll). Following our server's recommendations we enjoyed many of the in house made special items. They make their own bresaola and sausages and are they ever good. We had a bresaola benny with fabulous hollandaise (obviously freshly made) with sausages and we also had the steak and eggs special which is an incredible bargain. We made room for little pancake rolls they call crespelle for dessert. Also perfect. Completely recommend this to everyone and we will tell everyone we know.