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“Brandon Blu” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Blu Kitchen and Bar

Blu Kitchen and Bar
1675 Park Ave, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
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Ranked #9 of 118 Restaurants in Brandon
Cuisines: Bistro
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Brandon, Canada
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90 reviews 90 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Brandon Blu”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Have been to this restaurant a couple of times now since it opened in July. Menu has good selection but not really sure how spicy some of the items are. Some of the menu items are different from what you see listed anywhere else in the area. Atmosphere is dark and nicely decorated - can be private and romantic. There is an area where the room can be closed off for a private party or celebration. Find the food acceptable but not outstanding - have been to restaurants that I continue to find the menu and food to be more pleasing. Encourage people to try it out - variety in the restaurant business is good and I hope Blu does well. Everyone might have various opinions.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Manitoba, Canada
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426 reviews 426 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
“Great new option in Brandon!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Blu is a wonderful addition to the Brandon eatery options! Located in the building that used to be 'Gullivers' on Park, the entire premises has been revamped and upgraded, into a very beautiful restaurant! The staff are friendly, the menu varied and the food is top-notch! I've eaten there twice in the last two weeks, and both times it was fabulous! My favorite find so far is the Chicken Rice Thai soup that is a regular offering on the soup menu, the other option being Tomato Basil Bisque. Great to place to go for a special evening!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Nice dining option in Brandon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Our first time at this recently opened restaurant in Brandon. Atmosphere is nice, similar to an Earl's or The Keg. Menu has many different options that sets them apart from its competitors in Brandon. Service was good, no issues at all with that side of things. Our only real complaint was price, two of us dined for $90 + tip. This included one glass of wine and a non alcoholic beverage. We shared an appetizer and a desert. Food quality was good, although the appetizer (nacho's) were very salty. My wife loved the whiskey sage ravioli. Although I would probably chose The Keg over this restaurant, I will go back for sure.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Classy and wonderful menu options”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Had a lovely lunch today and soups were heavenly and very generous portions. Price is appropriate for the classy ambience and decor and a welcome option for Brandon. Servers were most accommodating and really understand what good customer service should be.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brandon, Canada
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146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
“A creativte menu with uneven execution and a price gouging menu”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Blu is a welcome addition to Brandon. The decor and menu would be at home in a much larger center. Vegetarian options are available. Presentation is at times creative, however at our table food quality was uneven. The Ahi Tuna which the menu promised medium rare arrived medium well, the chicken dish was well prepared and seasoned, but some portion were just downright small for the price. Prices are certainly on the high side, not just for Brandon but for Toronto. I have paid less for a draft beer in Pearson International than here. Same goes for the mains, count on a premium of 25 to 50% on the menu over comparable places in larger centers. At these prices you really should not be getting higher end service and food preparation. You can do better than Blu and if something does not change quickly this restaurant will not attract repeat customers.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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