2010-05-31 3 瀏覽
I was recently craving Italian and decided Brivo is probably a good spot to have dinner with 5 of my good friends. Environment: The place is definitely on the small side (about 25-30 seats) but not unusual for Soho standards. Considering we ordered a lot of food we found it was not easy to fit everything on the table. Although with that said, I thought the place was cozy and not uncomfortable by any means. Service: I thought the waitstaff here was very friendly and helpful. The food did take a b
Environment: The place is definitely on the small side (about 25-30 seats) but not unusual for Soho standards. Considering we ordered a lot of food we found it was not easy to fit everything on the table. Although with that said, I thought the place was cozy and not uncomfortable by any means.
Service: I thought the waitstaff here was very friendly and helpful. The food did take a bit longer to prepare than we would like but overall I am quite pleased with the waitstaff. There's just a strong sense that the waitstaff tried hard to showcase that they value your business which I find lacking in a lot of other restaurants in Hong Kong.
Food: I would classify the food at Brivo as "International cuisine" with a slight Italian focus. The reason I say this is because I found their menu had Italian, Mexican, Thai and American dishes. Furthermore I found their menu to be extremely extensive especially for such a small restaurant. My personal opinion is menus like this usually suggest a lack of focus on the restaurant's part. It's so hard to do a few things well let alone a ton of things well.
Anyway...boy, did we over-order tonight. Between the 6 of us we ordered 5 appetizers, 2 pizzas, 6 entrees and a bottle of red wine! I didn't try everything but I'll review everything I did get to try:
Parma Ham and Melon: Decent. I think if the parma ham was a little saltier and the melon was a little cooler (temperature wise) it would be a better dish.
Thai Beef Salad: I was a little shocked at the size of this salad. The dish was quite gigantic. I felt they were a little heavy handed on the sour element of the dish but I liked the spicy kick from the dressing. Decent amount of beef even there was a ton of vegetables. Overall a pretty refreshing and tasty dish...a nice way to start.
Calamari Frutti: Pretty decent. Calamari didn't feel too chewy/tough and the sauce was quite nice. This dish could have been better if the calamari had a more crispy exterior from the deep frying.
Caprese Salad: Not bad. Although the mozzarella could have been of higher quality and the tomatoes a little cooler in temperature (it was more room temperature) I though the overall dish was pretty decent. I do like the twist where they used capers to give it a slight salty tang.
Surpreme Pizza: I've spent an extensive time in New York so I like my pizza a certain way. With that said, I thought the thin crispy crust pizza here at Brivo to be pretty decent. The toppings were generous and the cheese tasted quite 'cheesy'. I'm not a major fan of crispy pizza crust but it did provide a nice textural contrast to the cheesy toppings.
Linguine Alle Vongole (linguine with clams): I quite liked this dish. Some people may find this dish slightly under-seasoned but it worked for me. A trick I think is to include a clam in each bite since the saltiness from the clam evens out the seasoning from your mouthful of pasta. My minor gripe about this dish was the large pieces of basil in the pasta. I think they should be smaller since when you get a mouthful of pasta with a large piece of basil it overwhelms the taste of clams, pasta and sauce. Pasta itself was al dente and had good bite to it. Visually the dish looked interesting (the little clams surround the pasta in a 'flower-like' pattern) which I thought was a nice touch.
Note: My friends who had the Spagetti Ai Fruitti Di Mare (basically seafood spaghetti) and Penne A La Vodka both said their pasta was under-seasoned. Although it might be a little silly to mention, I've recently been eating quite 'cleanly' (mainly because I started running a lot again) and my taste buds have become more sensitive so I now favor food that is a little more lightly seasoned.
So the bottom line is this:
- The quality of food at Brivo is pretty decent (won't blow you away) although I personally could find no major standouts dishes.
- The portions at Brivo I think are generous and reasonably priced unlike a lot of other Italian restaurants in the Central/Soho/Sheung Wan area.
- The service at Brivo I think deserves a mention cause I think it's hard to find a restaurant in HK (let alone a medium priced one) nowadays where the waitstaff feels like they value your business.
Final note: I think most people should be able to get dinner here (even with wine) for under $300. I paid $350/head mainly because we over-ordered.
So if your looking for a place in Soho that serves decent food at reasonable prices I think you should give Brivo a try.