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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:28 pm    Post subject: Bresca - Wash DC Reply with quote

Bresca - June 2019 visit
1906 14th St NW, Washington, DC

Bresca was awarded a Michelin one star recently, so we opted to check out DC's newest.
The menu is very limited - we opted for the Tasting Menu - $64 per person, five courses, would seem to be good value.
Note: Bresca insists the tasting menu is available only for entire party.
Passed on the wine pairings; we've not had much luck with those.....

I dislike posting negative reviews - so here's the brief bottom line:
Don't - the place is deafeningly noisy - totally impossible to converse at the table - can't hear / understand the waitstaff. It's basically a college frat bar scene.
And the food did not make up for it.

Started with a mixed exotic fruit drink refresher. undrinkable.

Japanese cucumber plus deep fried beef tendon topped with parmesan.
Tasty cucumber, not sure what one does with the beef tendon....

Cured scallops with a buttermilk dressing and sugar snap peas - very nice dish. (No pix)

Truffled egg - abject failure, to gag on. No/improper seasoning, poor preparation.
Served with a lead lined beignet topped with dried out ham slices.

Beef tenderloin - two were pronounced tough and chewy.
Mine was ordered rare and was passable, certainly not what one would expect at a Michelin rated eatery. Cheap meat?

Dessert was a Twix style bar ala Black Forest cake. Very decent.

Except for issues out of their control, waitstaff were attentive and performed to expectation.

As mentioned, $64 per head for the tasting menu. Reasonable cost as a tasting menu is supposed to be the best shining dishes the kitchen produces. Option for $45 upgrade to Wagu beef; all things considered, would not trust that.

Curiously, cocktail prices not out of line. But in consideration of patrons expected . . . wine by the glass is overpriced.
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