Restaurant Reviews

Reverb

May 27, 2015
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version: 

Good not great.
The food was good overall, the presentation was consistently great and the portions were spot on; however, I wasn’t wowed by anything EXCEPT for the chicken and waffles (it was orgasmic)!
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

I walked into Reverb and automatically loved the space, the simple, modern décor was very inviting. The high ceilings and natural light made the space feel airy and warm. The attention to detail was evident. The manager who greeted us was very welcoming; however, our night was a little awkward because our waitress was a bit off. She wasn’t very talkative or informative which kind of made for a weird start to our dinner. And the staff, in general, didn’t speak. It actually became comical after a certain point because they would pick up our dish and we would say thank you and they would just stay quiet. However, I must give kudos to their sommelier, he was energetic and enthusiastic, super informative and very knowledgeable. The restaurant focuses on family style meals, with portions meant for sharing.Hours
Mon – Fri  5:30 pm – 10 pm
Weekend Brunch  10 am – 2:30 pm

What we ate:

  • Asparagus soup ($12)
  • Grilled octopus ($16)
  • Linguini ($21)
  • Chicken and waffles ($23)
  • Brioche donuts ($6)
  • Chocolate tart ($10)


Thoughts?

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When you sit down they bring you popcorn with seaweed. This was a nice start to the meal and a cute take on the typical bread.

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The asparagus soup was subtle in flavor, but went great with the lemon coconut ice cream – which had more of a crème fraiche consistency and nuts. I loved the presentation: the bowl with the ingredients was put on the table and then our waitress poured the soup from a miniature, ceramic pitcher. It was good and got better as all the flavors melded together, but I’m not sure I would reorder.

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The octopus was the most disappointing (probably because I was so excited about it); the flavors were too warm and therefore all blended together and the octopus was a little chewy. I liked the charred flavor and the strawberry salsa verde was a nice touch, but it wasn’t enough to pull this dish together. I felt that the ingredients were great on their own, but they didn’t work together as well. The beans were tasty and the remoulade sauce was a good complement, but like I said, the flavors didn’t pop and it made for a not-so-memorable dish.

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The linguine with clams in a white wine sauce was plated in a gorgeous dish. The thing that threw me off was the pasta… it was very soupy and the linguine (made in house) tasted and looked more like ramen. The whole dish took a bit to get used to because the noodle was thinner and softer than usual so it didn’t feel like I was eating as much as swallowing. The taste was good and once you got passed the idea of twirling like a pasta and embraced spooning it like a soup, it was better. However, I still never fell in love.

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Alright… drop everything… I think I found the best chicken and waffles!!! This dish made up for the whole meal. I was so blown away (especially when expectations were diminishing), this was amazing! The waffle were glazed with some sort of maple syrup so it didn’t need any sauce. In fact, the sauce that came with it didn’t taste like anything and just helped make it less dry, but did nothing flavor-wise. The chicken was so moist and the skin was so crispy. The combination was amazing! It was love at first bite and the “oohing and ahhing” didn’t stop. I was so pleased with this dish. To top it off, it came with pickled vegetables (you can see the jars displayed in the restaurant which I thought was really cool) that added an extra dimension to this dish. Honestly, I couldn’t find one thing wrong with this. If you go, this SHOULD NOT be missed.

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The cinnamon sugar doughnuts were simple yet very good. I think the sauce really made it (strawberry rhubarb). I liked the texture, they were fluffy, but provided enough substance.

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My favorite drink of the night came at the end, the Scaccia diavoli was a perfect pair to our desserts and I found myself savoring every sip.The chocolate tart had a lot of different flavors, I was happy to see kumquats being used. The tart itself was very tasty and rich and the combination of the fruit was nice (citrus and chocolate always reminds me of a homemade orange Milano or orange Pims). To complement the tart they bring you matcha ice cream which I thought was delicious except it was too many flavors at once and I found myself not able to enjoy each part when mixed together. It was still tasty, just a lot going on.

 

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