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Brasa Beef and Beer Dinner

BigE | Oct 9, 201308:21 AM

Did anyone else go to this last night?

I went to the 6pm sitting, and the restaurant was ~75% full. Not sure how many were doing the dinner deal, but there were definitely diners getting the normal menu.

Anyways, my group of 3 was seated at the large circular table. I think there were 9 total at the table.

The menu went as follows:

1st - Green plaintain tater tots. Well...these didn't cook right, so they ditched the idea and served the plantains as they normally do. They were good, not great. Also served were cups of beef stew with root veg. This was quite good, with an unexpected spice hit.

2nd - Mixed green salad with crispy fried onions, pumpkin seeds, aged cheddar, and cranberry vinaigrette. This was a nice, light option. Seems like it would have made more sense as a first course, but it worked.

At this point, they also brought out large bowls of black eyed peas with bacon...delish. Huge chunks of bacon with nicely tender (but not mushy) peas. Also brought out were parsnip "fries". Looked like regular fries, had a slightly different flavor. Dipped in Brasa's wonderful green sauce, they were a nice side for all the beef to come.

3rd - Beef overload. First, short ribs, glazed with molasses and smoked lemongrass. This was my favorite dish of the night. Super tender, and the glaze was excellent. I would love to see this on the regular menu. Second, roasted beef tenderloin. This was beef tenderloin...OK. I assume they tried to cook it to medium rare, but it came out med-well to well. This was forgettable, to be honest. Third was coconut milk braised brisket with rice and coconut curry. This was also very good. Again, super tender, and the curry was great, in my not very experienced opinion.

4th - Apple cobbler with oatmeal stout ice cream. The ice cream was the star of this show, and I think (assume) they got it from Izzy's. By this point, I was beyond stuffed, but I managed to give it all a good home.

Overall, the meal was very good. It was fun eating family style with a group of people who I (mostly) didn't know. The short ribs and brisket dishes were the stars, followed by the beef stew.

The beers, on the other hand, were just OK overall. I've had Surly Fest enough times to know it, so I skipped it. The other beers were Boom Island Brimstone Tripel (best of the night), Excelsior Bitteschlappe Brown (fine), and Indeed Sweet Yamma Jamma. I can't decide what I think of the last one. It was an attempt at a pumpkin ale, but just didn't work for me.

At the end of the meal, the sous chefs came by and said they will probably be running more of these in the future. I'll probably go back.

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