For my birthday we ventured to the great north and landed in one of my favourite places, Portland. Went to Bresca, beside the police station for dinner. We had not seen it before, so decided to skip Street & Co this time for something new. We had two apps; crostini, and beets with goat cheese. They were both flavourful, and well presented. The beets were scarce though, very tiny squares in a line on the plate, but the cheese and greens together were tasty. We had three crostini, with tomato, olive and red pepper toppings. The staff were very accommodating of my food allergy, and made the crostini to our liking.
For the entree I had basic pasta, in wide strips with very aromatic herbs and zingy sauce. My husband had the black bass, served whole. It was so light and the combination of diced vegetables worked very well.
The place is tiny, it seats 20 people, including the bar area. I thought the bar was a little oddly arranged. You can sit and eat at the bar, but it seems like a big wall of wine and condiments looming over you as you eat. The service was very good, and the noise level was fine. It does get loud when the police are called out, and it made for good conversation between the guests. Tables are at close enough quarters, and it feels like a very friendly neighbourhood eatery. We skipped dessert, as the entrees were enough to sustain us through the snow storm to our hotel.
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