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Brasserie Vert - Review

poetkitty | Jul 6, 200504:36 PM

Hi all - pk here with a full report on one of Wolfgang's eateries.
I am not a Wolfgang fan, exactly, but went in to the Hollywood/Highland locale with an open mind and an empty stomach.

Ambiance - B: Very lovely and modern, but nothing spectacular. We did get a cozy booth overlooking the mall below - nice touch. And comfy. But the place was nearly empty on a Friday night - not a good sign.

Service - B: Host was awesome, waitress nice, but we waited a long time to order, and with the lack of patrons, it was excessive.

Drinks: C:
I tried the Limoncello mixed drink - nice presentation and rather tasty, but low on alcohol and high on price.
Then I had a Silver Margarita - I agree with earlier posters, top shelf (in this case, Petron Silver) just doesn't cut it in margaritas - it wasn't even close to one of my fav 'ritas - and small/expensive to boot.

Food - B:
Apptizers - Seared Tuna Salad with Hazelnut Citrus dressing (C-), good quality tuna but totally tasteless dressing. Citrus? Hazelnut? Where? And no lettuce to speak of, just a smattering of weeds. Not impressive.
- Oysters on the Half Shell (B) - Yummy and simple - cocktail sauce as a sauce, however, isn't very inventive, but I like them with lemon only, so I was happy.

Pasta Course - Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Sauce (A+), by far the standout of the evening - SO decadent and amazing, the cheese sauce was baked perfectly and the fresh gnocchi was just heavenly.

Main Courses - Diver Scallops with Pasta and Sun Dried Tomatoes (B), awesome succulent scallops with a light pasta side, but the dish came out tepid and since I feared over-cooking the scallops, I didn't send it back for a warm-up. Still, quite tasty.
- Osso Bucco with Saffron Rice (rating unknown), I neglected to take a nibble of this, but I'm assuming it was outstanding (my date loved it) - it was authentic lamb-on-bone Osso, and the saffron rice looked gorgeous.

No dessert for us - we were off to drink more calories at the Cat 'n' Fiddle.

Overall rating B- a good experience, but not amazing enough to return. I will say the menu itself had a lot of lovely selections, and there may be some gems amongst them.

Poetkitty, at your service.

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