Brasserie Bravo

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by zabelle on April 3, 2008

Following my best Rachael Ray tip we began a discussion on one of the shops on Westminster Street about where we were planning to have dinner. Our hotel has a very upscale restaurant but it was a bit too pricey for Kasey and me. I had decided that we would eat at Blakes Tavern a local pub. The menu looked reasonably priced and had things that we would both enjoy.

The owner of the shop suggested that we try Brasserie Bravo. When she mentioned that they had mussels and frites, I was sold.

Located on the corner of Washington St directly across from the Trinity Repertory Theater this restaurant couldn’t have a better location. Make sure that if there is anything showing at the Trinity that you have reservations. We made sure we did and we actually arrived about 20 minutes early due to a fire alarm at our hotel. Since we had to be out of our room anyway we decided to go to dinner early. Just as well we did, y the time we left there were a lot of people standing waiting for a seat.

It is a very typical Brasserie, very club like with lots of wood, wine bottles as the décor and white tiles on the walls. Our waiter was very attentive but never hovered. I always felt as if he was only a moment away.

As we thought about what to order we feasted on a warm baguette served in a paper bag as if it had just arrived from the bakery. We decided to share a plate of French Cheese, artisan bread and fruit. It also had maple walnut butter. There were four small pieces of cheese all different and very pungent, 4 dates, a sliced strawberry and two pieces of bread. It was perfect to share.

I of course had the saffron mussels and frites. Kasey had a Croque Monsieur. Her sandwich was huge, she could only eat half. It was also served with the most delicious frites. My plate of mussels was enough for two people. I could not finish it, I did finish the frites though. The mussels were tender and no sand what so ever. The broth was delicate and a nice compliment to the mussels.

We were going to take a dessert back to the hotel with us, the profiterols seemed to fit the bill or the flourless chocolate cake. Kasey however decided we should share the sorbet plate. Smart Kasey. It was three balls of sorbet, lemon, mango and raspberry. Served with two cookies it was the perfect finish to a fantastic meal.

Among the specials on the day were there were short ribs that had cooked for nineteen hours. A lot of people seemed to be ordering them.
Bravo Brasserie
123 Empire St.
Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 490-5112

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