I have been wanting to try Bresca ever since they opened up a little over a month ago. Their menu appealed to me but it is located on the 14th street, which is a nightmare of a place to find a parking spot. I guess the parking Gods were on our side for the first time when it comes to 14th street. We found a spot on the side street, across from the restaurant. Not only that, but our favorite ice cream place, Jenni’s was right across the street. What else could you ask for?
The space was nice and inviting with a big moss piece in the back of the restaurant. We were served a complimentary cocktail shot. A great gesture and something that you rarely see in D.C.
Our server/waitress was cold at first but as we conversed, she warmed up quickly. As she placed the dishes in front of us, she did not describe any of the ingredients. I had to ask her about each dish. Everything we had was really flavorful.
Sea Urchin Linguini truffle – chili – yeast butter – porcini
A great umami dish with fresh sea urchin and a wonderful sauce. I just wish the pasta was more al dente.
Oil Poached Halibut vadouvan & mussel chowder – squash – parsley- kaffir lime
My husband picked this dish and even though I am not a big fan of halibut, this dish won me over. The fish was poached perfectly, mussels were tender and the lime parsley sauce was great.
Octopus harissa- hummus- tabouleh- yogurt- black lime
Such a flavorful dish. We liked the lemony hummus and tabouleh as much as the harissa octopus.
Foie Gras Cake Pop hazelnut – chocolate – amaretto – gold
Since my husband is not a foie gras fan, I only got one cake pop. It was a pound cake batter and they used the foie gras as the fat for the cake. Then it was dipped in chocolate and hazelnuts. My husband ate half and he claims he doesn’t like foie gras!!