Reading generally positive vibes with ViBo, my friends and I decided to celebrate a birthday there. I was personally impressed with the glass-encased wine/liquor room and the live piano playing in the dining room. The service was also charming and I was refreshed by the humour. Alas, the food itself could be better.
We started off with the Bruschetta, a delicious bread topped with fruity olive oil and a tasty tomato spread and finely grated parmesan. Although I am not normally a fan of most bruschettas, this one caught my eye. The bread served with the meal was good, a good white loaf and a tender rye served with the olive oil and balsamic dip.
However, the rest of the meal was filled with more ups and downs.
I ordered the Veal Chop with a side of the gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce replacing the standard potato and vegetable side (for $4.50 additional). The chop was tender and cooked the way I wanted it, and the jus accompanying it was rich and delicious. The gnocchi were light and the gorgonzola sauce was subtle and tasty.
The Cheese Crespelle and saffron risotto with seafood were also ordered. Although the Crespelle filling was good, the pasta was lost (both flavour and texture-wise) in the richness of the cheese and tomato sauce, and made it seem as if we were eating a hunk of cheeses. The risotto's texture was good, a little less creamy than desired and the seafood was decent, but both a friend and I agreed that the risotto was overwhelmed by the taste of lemon and olives, and my friend could eat no more of it when she ran out of seafood to buffer the strength of olive and lemon in the rice.
For dessert the Semifreddo and the seasonal fruit with sauce were ordered. The semifreddo was refreshingly good, studded with nuts and good fruit (strawberry, blueberry, blackberry) medley. The seasonal fruit contained the very same medley, accompanied by a small dish of what seemed to be port sabayon. The sabayon was good and boozy, but the sticker shock of over 10 dollars (while the semifreddo was 8.50) for a moderately sized glass of fruit and a small dish of sabayon was simply astounding (listed as market price on the menu).
The three of us left with a bill of just over 100 dollars after tax.