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.
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 my valentine for the four course $45 valentine dinner last night and we had a blast. The food is creative and delicious and the service is friendly and warm. We shared the whole diiner so we had the goat cheese beet starter and the cured meat starter. Both were fresh and delicious. The second course was a a risotto with aspargus and shaved cheese and a crab pasta. Wow. Neither of us could say which was better. This was followed by entrees of beef tenderloin and succulent sablefish. The tenderloin was perfectly cooked and the subtle flavors of the sablefish were just amazing. For dessert there was a shared plate of all things chocolate. There was chocolate mousse coated with chocolate, chocolate truffle, cake with chocolate and ice cream garnish. That was the crowning touch on our great meal. We so enjoy the servers too. Our tall server has a wicked sense of humor and subtle way of guiding you to great choices. The place is comfortable and homey and I can't imagine a better night out. Great brownie points for me for choosing Adesso. $45 was a steal!
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.
We were looking forward to trying Adesso as we had heard good things about it. However, we were profoundly disappointed in every aspect of our meal and experience there. When I tried to book a table for 6:00 pm, I was given the option of 5:45 or 8:00 and nothing in between. We opted for 5:45 - arrived to an empty restaurant (which never feels right) and during the entire time we were at the restaurant we were surrounded by empty tables which made wonder why we couldn't have booked in for 6:00. We ordered the fried fish appetizer which tasted okay - but came out so quickly, we'd hardly had time to have a sip of our wine. For a $13 dollar appetizer - the serving was extremely small. Next our meal arrived - again, so quickly it was disturbing. No need to churn us out for our table, as again - there was no one else around and a restaurant full of empty tables. It made us honestly wonder if it had been held... and it got worse, one of our side dishes - crushed potatoes and olives (which only had one small sliver of olive in the whole dish) was stone cold - I mean below room temperature! That had to go back, and we put up with the temperature of the Berkshire pork rib and zucchini gratin, both of which were cooler than they should have been - but at least a little above room temperature. The portion sizes, again were smaller than expected. The Pork at $19 was literally one rib with a very small amount of meat on each side of the bone. Our waiter, who by the way, while we ordered our meal, had to scurry away several times to obtain answers to pretty basic questions - didn't even bother to check in with us during our meal. Fortunately we were able to flag down another several to deal with our stone cold potatoes (the advantage of an empty restaurant I guess, was we could get someone's attention). We were profoundly disappointed in our entire experience from start to finish - and definitely won't be going back!!