We'd been eyeing Brabo for a while, but because we knew it wasn't a family-friendly restaurant, we needed a good reason to go as a couple. We chose our anniversary. Reservations were highly recommended, and reconfirmed by phone the morning of, which surprised us, as the restaurant was half empty (being a Monday evening). We knew it wasn't going to be a cheap dinner. Nonetheless we were in for a bit of sticker-shock. It's hard to order a bottle of Spanish wine for $64 when we can buy the same bottle at Total Wine for under $15. Seems a bit too high a mark-up. That discovery persuaded us to go with the 7-course Tasting Menu ($65) with Wine Pairing ($45) as some quick math showed that ordering from the a la carte menu with a bottle of wine would have come to about the same. In the beginning we seemed quite rushed, as the first three courses came out almost on top of each other, hardly allowing us to finish our dish & wine pairing before another set would arrive. At one point, my husband had three wine glasses in front of him! Overall, however, the food was nice, and the pairings were ok. Our waiter rattled off the facts about each dish & pairing genuinely well. Some of the dishes were a bit too salty for our taste (but that is a personal preference), and for the price, the portion size of the tastings could have been a bit larger. We did both enjoy the ricotta cheesecake very much. I was surprised that neither an aperitif nor cup of coffee were included in the Tasting Menu. Is Brabo a first class restaurant? Yes, it certainly strives to be. Is there room for improvement? Most definitely.
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