The Besolin

www.misopeckish.comBresolin brought to you by the Bresolin Brothers – Leonardo and Lorzeno who also own Scopa, Duke Carvells and Tommy Millions. I thought I would wait until the hype had died down before visiting.

One of the popular things about Bresolin is their outdoor courtyard where you will find most people opting to sit there rather than in the dining room upstairs or in the bar downstairs.

Bresolin offers a selection of affordable small plates, while their larger main dishes are fairly expensive in comparison.

As both Mr Wasabi and I were not very hungry, we decided to get a couple of the smaller plates to share over dinner.

Lemon Lime Soda – was not very sweet, but refreshing.

Chips – good rustic looking chips that was accompanied with some tomato sauce and some citrus mayo, in which I must say was delicious.

Gin-cured salmon, watercress, soused red onion, tatsoi, wasabi creme fraiche   – was ok. I did notice the salmon was not evenly cut, as if it was ‘hacked’.  You would not be able to see this under all the green foliage and julienne apple.   The accompany wasabi creme had very little wasabi flavour as I definitely could not taste it.   To me it was a very thick creme paste which I did not enjoy and overpowered the salmon.

Hand Cut Steak Tartare, Egg Yolk Emulsion, Anchovy Pana Gratata  was nicely minced. There was a lot of green foliage sitting on top of the tartare that obscured the tartare.  The tartare was bit sour and needed some salt, but none was to be seen.  The accompany toasts looked appealing as it was nicely toasted to a golden colour.  It was not until I tried the toast that it was actually toasted brioche which was very buttery.

The service was average.  We were given a glass of water at the start, but then it was never topped up and found it hard to wave a staff memeber down.  The highlight dish for me was the rustic chips. The small plates that we ordered were ok.   Having heard a lot of good things about this place, I was actually expecting something great, but it feel short and a bit ‘overrated’.

Dear reader, have you eaten here? What are your thoughts?

Location:  278 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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