Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Bruneaux in Sewickley

Last week, we made reservations for Saturday dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in the city. We figured we could deal with Pirates traffic. But then we found out about Saturday Night Market & Concert Series in Market Square, which is where we were headed. Then we found out that the Liberty Bridge was going to be closed with traffic diverted to the Fort Pitt tunnel/bridge. Ugh. We have sat in horrible traffic going to a Pirates game on weekends. We have sat in horrible traffic when the Fort Pitt/Parkway West work was going on (and on and on and on). Both a sporting event plus bridge closure plus markets/concerts in the city on a summer Saturday? Nope. No thank you. So we changed our plans. We decided to try a new-to-us restaurant: Bruneaux in Sewickley.
We were a little early for our reservation and were seated right away. On OpenTable, when you make a reservation, you can select indoor or outdoor dining. We selected outdoor. There is a lovely patio area out the back of the restaurant with spacious tables covered by large umbrellas. There is a stone fireplace which looks like a cozy area to have a cocktail on a fall evening. It was peaceful and relaxing.
When it's just the two of us, we never order a bottle of wine. We just don't/can't drink a whole bottle. But I saw a sancerre, sold only by the bottle, so we ordered a bottle (and took the leftover wine home). I've been loving sancerre and rose since we returned from Paris.

Here's what we ate:
Bread and butter.
Shared appetizer: Butter Poached Lobster (arugula/asparagus salad, lobster sauce). I'm glad I thought to ask about garlic because even though it wasn't listed as an ingredient, the dish is usually finished with garlic on top. Fortunately, they were able to just leave the garlic off. I've had some terrible, rubbery, overcooked lobster outside of Maine but this lobster tail was cooked just right. Yum!
Shared salad: ​Buratta (figs, arugula, truffle balsamic). There were dried apricots, too. A yummy salad.
SP's entree: Bouillabaisse (mussels, clams, prawn, saffron lobster broth, dipping bread). He said all his seafood was excellent and he spooned up his saffron broth. I don't remember the bread with his dish, but it's possible he ignored it because of carbs/sugar and knowing he wanted dessert.
My entree: Summer Scallops (lobster butter, asparagus, rosemary strawberries). Such a beautiful presentation! Originally I wanted the meatloaf, but there is garlic in the meatloaf, so I chose the scallops. They were delicious. Once again, nicely cooked and a fantastic sear, better than most places I've had scallops. I was surprised how much I liked the rosemary strawberries (rosemary, for me, being one of those sometimes I love/sometimes I hate flavors).
SP's dessert: Peach Cobbler. There were raisins, which he likes and I dislike. I didn't try any. He said it was good.
My dessert: Tiramisu. I rarely pass up tiramisu. This was nice and light, not too heavy after all the other food.

It's a shame we don't think to go to Sewickley more often for dinner since it's only 15 minutes from where we live. Bruneaux, Cocothe, and Vivo are all on Beaver Street. We really enjoyed our meal at Bruneaux. The servers did a nice job. Our food was delicious. The meal was nicely paced. The outdoor dining area was lovely, spacious, and the tables well shielded from the sun. Definitely a place to which we'll return, maybe even for lunch or brunch since I saw some dishes on those menus that interest me.

Bruneaux Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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