Where do I begin….
I was happy that I was able to get reservation or have a spot at 8:45pm when I called at 8 pm on a saturday night. It was completely random to go there as I originally planned on going to 400 Coups! The decor is your usual style of place. Reminds of Garde Manger, Joe Beef of some sorts….
But that’s where the highlights end unfortunately….
It’s sad to see that restaurants still serve mediocre bread that tastes like bread from Maxi. You know… that basic uninteresting one that you get for like 99 cents. At the very least, serve bread from Premiere Moisson…. c’mon guys… you’re not a Bocaccinos or Guido and Angelina’s…..
Service was horrid, we ordered cocktails and expected the waiter to ask us if we wanted wine for our meals. Obviously he did not and he missed the opportunity of making an easy sale for the establishment. We have a habit of starting the night with a cocktail and perhaps have 2-3 wine glasses per person. OH WELL! Your lost and I guess I got to save an easy 50-60$ as a result! When desert came around he asked what we wanted…. we ordered it but oddly enough he didn’t ask if we wanted coffee or dessert. Instead he waited for us to finish dessert to ask if we wanted coffee or tea to “finish the night”. Are you a tool? That’s the first time ever that it ever happened to me that a restaurant would do that. Maybe am just crazy
Food was pretty odd. I was under the impression that this was some french / spanish inspired type of place but the only thing that was “spanish” was Paella.
We decided to venture ourselves and ordered 1 appetizer and 2 Entrees.
The appetizer had really high marks…. wild mushroom, pure of squash, poached egg with micro greens and a variety of flavours that were memorable!
The mains…. was the oddest thing ever… we ordered the caviar spaghetti which I found very odd with green apples and pickled onions. I think a splash of good quality olive oil from Spain would save the dish … but ultimately if they put a piece of uni on top or an UNI based cream sauce… then the dish would be A+. Unfortunately, it completely missed the mark.
The second dish was fish with a “symphony” (am being sarcastic here) or random bits of cauliflower, gnocchi, mussels, cream sauce and I don’t remember what else. It felt like they couldn’t decide on putting 4 separate dish on the menu but instead created some crazy melting pot.
Dessert was a ginger bread with pumpkin ice cream and marshmallows. Sounded crazy and fantastic…. but ultimately it tasted like some ginger-ish carrot cake with frozen pumpkin pie.
I am rather disappointed given how much I enjoyed Bocata.
Sorry friends… but I have to rank you a 4/10… and be happy I actually tipped you! PS you get a 4 because I liked the appetizer. I certainly hope for them… that it was just an off night and they cook and serve like they do at Bocata…