I didn’t realize it, but Tim Partridge is the new Exec Chef at the MFA. I don’t know who he replaced or how Bravo was under that or previous chefs. We had dinner there twice in the last 2 weeks, during the French Film Festival.
The room- is one of my favs ever. A wall of glass looks out on a balcony and the restful treed courtyard. It is more spacious than any restaurant I’ve been in, which allows for intimate conversations and a sense of luxurious comfort and privacy. The dominant color is a rich warm salmon, offset by linen beige. Banquettes are large and plush. It is peaceful and quiet.
Service is fine but nothing special and not very informed; there has apparently been a great deal of recent turnover “ because it’s summer.”
The food , Mediterranean in leanings, is generally very tasty and nicely presented but seasoning missteps are frequent (over-peppered soup, a dessert-sweet onion marmalade accompanying roast salmon, a grossly undersalted risotto). We enjoyed our food but both dinners were pervaded by the feeling of stinginess on the part of the kitchen. Said plate of salmon with beet gnocchi held THREE gnocchi the size of a half malt ball. A lovely trout sat on a luscious jerusalem artichoke puree of perhaps 3 Tablespoons. Greens were not on the plates. And these entrees were in the $26-$28 range. Desserts were good but not special. Bread was Iggy’s Francese.
In summary, for us Bravo is a uniquely beautiful, luxuriant and comfortable place to meet friends for drinks. After an exhausting day of art experiencing, it offers just the perfect calm and quiet needed for recharging oneself. And for small elegant people with small appetites, the dinners will satisfy many.