This was our 4th time at the Adesso Bistro. We've led many friends to this quaint hideaway which resembles an old brownstone you'd see in New York, along with the perfect patio in the middle of a quiet neighborhood, bordering renowned Stanley Park and it's famous sea walk. We were spontaneous this time round and decided to go late and take friends who'd eaten but wanted dessert. We wanted appy's and cocktails since we were walking and staying nearby. We quickly changed our minds on viewing the 3 course prix fixe menu at $32. The Chickpea Brasato with crispy fried artichoke $8 was a treat and the seared crusted albacore tuna I had that night on tiny pasta, was sliced thick and was plentiful...enough to take home for lunch the next day, but the crust was seriously over-salted and it really took away from the delicate taste of the tuna. My smooth melty sorbet and chocolate dessert was sinfully delicious. The Fritto misto di mare crisp fried seafood and vegetables with lemon and parsley $12 that i'd seen reviewed favorably in the Globe and Mail, unfortunately was also almost too salty to eat , but because we'd come in late at 9pm and the kitchen had stayed open to accommodate us, my partner didn't comment on it at the time, eating just the seafood and leaving the broth. The antipasti plate was excellent.
I have always experienced the finest dishes from northern Italy here and have never been disappointed so i enquired of our friendly server if the chef had changed...but, it was Chef's night off, so i'm putting this down to a one-off and won't be going back on a Monday evening again. It's still the most romantic and friendly little spot in Vancouver for exceptional service and fine regional Italian cuisine, though i'm also sorry the delightful macarons are no longer offered and though the hostess was lovely, I missed the owners who were not there on this occasion.
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