Restaurant Reviews

B+B Wine + Kitchen

August 16, 2016

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:

Winner. (A few of the dishes were orgasmic)
Best new restaurant I’ve tried in a while! The tuna tacos and chicken are phenomenal.

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

The service was great; Athena, our waitress provided enthusiastic suggestions and the food was timely (while still being spaced out – we ordered a lot!).

Hours
Lunch Mon – Fri  11am – 3pm
Brunch Sat – Sun 10am – 3pm
Dinner Mon – Sun  5pm – 11pm

What we ate:

  • Tuna Tartare Tacos ($17)
  • Prawns Cocktail ($18)
  • Heirloom tomato and burrata ($14)
  • Steak Tartare ($17)
  • Grilled Octopus ($18)
  • Fried Chicken ($22)
  • Espresso Creme Brulee ($10)
  • Pot de Creme ($10)

Thoughts?

These tacos were delicious! I think they are a little on the pricey side because Nobu tacos are about $5 each and at $17 for 3, these are slightly pricier. However, there is a generous portion of tuna (much appreciated)! The wasabi gives the tacos a slight kick and the avocado cream is a great pairing. I will absolutely order these again.

From ceviche to shrimp cocktail, they have a nice selection of raw items. Although I don’t usually order a shrimp cocktail (I’m partial to ceviche), I enjoyed this dish. The prawns are huge and it’s served with a little more love than your average shrimp cocktail. While the taste was good, there were other dishes that I would reorder next time.

I have a love affair with burrata and I might be more committed to it than my relationship; it’s oh so creamy, flavorful and extremely delicious. I often make a tomato and burrata salad at home and therefore don’t always order it at restaurants. B+B’s had a bit of a twist and I couldn’t pass it up. Garnished with pistachio, this dish was taken just a step further – the crunch was an unexpected pleasure. I already valued the dish because they didn’t skimp on the cheese (the worst thing is not having enough for all the tomatoes – happens very often) and I could tell it was a quality burrata.

The octopus was not a flavor I was expecting, albeit very good. Heavy on the olives, the dish provided a very warm flavor – it reminded me of fall. The sweet potato added a hint of sugar that balanced out the charred mollusc. It was flavorful and cooked just right (read: not chewy).

I consider myself well versed in the art of steak tartare (education: lots of eating) and I expected a little more. The presentation was great, the chips were made in-house, the egg was of the quail variety; it had all the makings of a great steak tartare, but it fell flat. It wasn’t as flavorful as others I’ve had. It was a quality dish, but it isn’t one I’d reorder. If you’re in the Bay Area I’d stick to Wayfare Tavern and in LA I’d opt for The Grill or Petit Trois.

THIS CHICKEN! Let’s just say I couldn’t stop ooh-ing and ahh-ing. First off, you know my obsession with lavender – I like it in my soap, in my bed, in my perfume, and in my food (try lavender ice cream). When reading the description of this chicken I knew I had to have it because it said lavender honey. After I ordered it I tried to not get too excited by telling myself that it probably was just a little flavored and didn’t really taste too much like lavender (this happens a lot). I basically died when I saw the chicken and I could physically see lavender bits in the honey (see close up picture above). Call me pooh because I’ve never been so attracted to honey. Honestly, it’s what dreams are made of! Put lemon the chicken and drizzle with honey – it’s literally the best! I suppose you want to know about the actual chicken? That was crispy, tender and juicy. So after all my rambles just know that this dish was perfection!

I am not a huge coffee person; I don’t mind coffee ice cream, but I don’t like the taste of actual coffee. I was a bit skeptical about the espresso creme brulee, but thankfully it was enough to enjoy it without being overwhelming. I also enjoyed that the bruleed top was thin.

Very rich and oh so creamy! If you like chocolate, you’ll love this. I wouldn’t liked a few more berries on top, but otherwise great. It had the consistency of chocolate butter: thick, smooth and delicious!

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