Tuesday, November 18, 2014

You Had Me At To Go

Hello Foodie Friends,

I was recently invited to dine at the new Bravo! Harbourside in Jupiter so I decided to bring my good friend Sharon along with me for brunch this past Sunday. Although this took me out of my usual Boca/Delray stomping ground, the 45 minute leisurely drive was well worth it!

The beautiful new 7,098-square-foot Jupiter restaurant offers indoor seating for 239 guests (including 28 bar seats), and al fresco dining for up to 36 (including six bar seats) on an Italian-style terrace. A semi-private dining area will accommodate groups up to 20 guests. BRAVO! faces the Intracoastal Waterway, which allows the restaurant to provide dockside carryout service. 

To get us in the brunching mood, we kicked it off with a Bloody Mary for me and a nice refreshing glass of white wine for Sharon. After a brief glance of the menu, we asked our server Chase for his recommendation. He did not hesitate to suggest the stuffed French toast. The Berries & Cream French Toast was made by stuffing two perfectly battered and browned pieces of bread with sweet cream cheese, honey and cinnamon and topped with a fresh berry compote. It came with a side of Applewood bacon, which Sharon and I agreed was the best cooked bacon that both of us had ever remember having. 

For our next tasting, we chose the Open-Faced Biscuit Sandwich which consisted of two over-easy cage free eggs, house made
biscuit, marinated tomatoes, arugula, spicy candied bacon, cheese, green onion mayo and served with a drizzle of spicy Sriracha over the top. Now those of you who have been following my posts for some time know that I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to spicy/hot things, but I have been working on "toughening up" my taste buds and it seems to have paid off. I took that sandwich down with nary a need for an extinguisher. LOL. The sandwich was very creative and well executed and we loved every bite of it.

Next, I wanted to try the Lobster Bisque. I'm a huge fan of this soup so whenever I see it on a menu, I am tempted to give it a try. This one ranked up there on my list of all time favorites. They seemed to hit the mark with this one. It had the perfect viscosity and balance of sherry, cream and chunks of lobster meat. So yummy. I have to mention that every dish that was brought out to us was served at the optimum temperature, something we both were impressed by.

While we were enjoying our brunch, Manager Lindsay had come by to check on us and asked if it would be alright for the Chef to prepare a couple signature dishes for us to try. Of course we said yes. Sous Chef Jon came over to our table and presented what he said was the House favorite; a Balsamic Glazed Chicken served on a bed of orzo/faro pilaf with artichokes, fresh basil, Kalamata olives, garbanzo beans, tomatoes and Feta, with grilled asparagus.

The second dish Chef Jon brought out for us was his personal choice: the Bravo! Classic Grilled Pork Chop. A thick glazed chop topped with an herb butter sauce and served with seasonal vegetables and Tuscan mashed potatoes.

Both of these dishes could be found on their dinner menu and were excellent, but they were just too heavy for us to have more than a bite or two after all the other food we just ate. Which meant we got to take home leftovers for dinner!

I could have finished right there, but was convinced by Sharon, that we had to round out this amazing brunch by trying at least one of their desserts. My belly reluctantly agreed and out came Chase with not one, but two trays of freshly prepared dessert options. We chose the Warm Chocolate Cake, a rich chocolate "molten lava like" cake with a warm center oozing out served with a scoop of vanilla bean gelato. The cake was moist with just the right density. It had the perfect amount of sweetness. It really was an exceptional dessert. Heavenly!

By this time, our To Go containers arrived with our left over pork chop and chicken dishes and Sharon took one look at these branded containers and went gaga. It's not every day that one sees take out containers that have the business's logo etched into the container. Yes, logos on the bags or boxes, but this seemed to be unique. This attention to detail was just the icing on the cake so to speak, that exemplified the kind of service that the folks behind Bravo! put forth and what really sets them aside and puts them at the top of their game, if you ask me. 

In conclusion, I want to say "Bravo" to the staff at Bravo! Harbourside Jupiter. Everyone there did an outstanding job from service, food and ambiance and I am looking forward to my next visit.

BRAVO! at Harbourside Place offers Brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; and Bar Bites starting at $3.95, featuring standouts such as Beef Carpaccio, Pulled Pork Sliders and Crispy Shrimp Napoli. The Bar Bites menu, available in the bar only, will be available Monday–Friday from 3:30–6:30 p.m. and Monday–Thursday from 9 p.m. until closing. Guests will also enjoy $5 Martini Wednesdays during select hours for various specialty and classic martinis. BRAVO!’s Viva Vino will feature $5 select wines every Thursday evening. The restaurant will also offer $7.95 lunch specials on weekdays until 3 p.m., a gluten free menu, special children’s menu, family-style pans-to-go for off-site catered special events and business occasions, and online ordering.  

BRAVO! at Harbourside Place is open seven days a week: Sunday–Thursday from 11 a.m.–10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Reservations and call-ahead seating will be accepted and walk-ins welcomed. For reservations, please call 561-747-4445 or for more information visit www.bravoitalian.com.

Until we eat again..
  I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise Righetti
C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer)
Denise's Foodie Events & Savor Our City™

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Denise, I'm a co-creator of a new up and coming dining experience in the Palm Beaches. Our concept is to bring local people and business together at one table with a "pop up" restaurant dining concept. We'd love to have you join us for one of our upcoming dinners, is there a direct email I can use to send you some more information? Thank you in advance.