416.901.4536 http://briccowinebar.com/ closed Tuesdays
The dimensions aren’t right in this large unadorned space: thin wood panels creak underneath us as we walk to our table in what feels like the party room in a church basement. I mean the room would work for large groups, however the stark environment isn’t conducive for couples seeking romance. The kitchen is absolutely clueless when asked questions about the menu, example: I asked where the daily fish is sourced from and they replied “our distributor, city fish” and that’s all they could tell me. So did Fish City source the fish from Lake Ontario? And servers lack knowledge of being able to distinguish between a clear and thick broth.
Daily crespelle $9 is cold, doughy – like they microwaved it straight from the fridge. Zucchini fritters (not what I expected) don’t fare much better, dense like wet sawdust. A slightly redeeming beef tartar balanced nicely by capers, scallions, salt, and pepper is let down by stale crostini.
Under-cooked handmade beef tortellini $23 in a CLEAR mushroom broth with truffled cheese continues the downward spiral. In the end the dish that I had the most doubts about proved quite the opposite. A plate crispy duck leg $24 is pared down and delicious alongside buttery pommes anna and roasted quince. Oh and I loved the wine…