Trying out a new restaurant each has been a lot of fun, especially when your basically locked inside during these cold months here in Minneapolis. The DiFfErEnT DiSh concept has been one of the few little joys that Nellie and I have been able to look forward to and our March 2014 experience was a great one! It was Nell’s turn to select a spot and she hit trending hipster food heaven when she selected Brasa!
A newer spot in the North East part of the cities that seems to be trending with many new foodie options. Brasa, a restaurant where the cook staff have apparently mastered the wizardry of rotisserie. Having had it mentioned to her several times from friends, she felt that it would be a good place for us to visit and I am glad we did. The restaurant itself is a break from the norm. There is a unique atmosphere when you enter; It’s almost like entering an old automotive car shop with double glass garage doors just waiting for warmer weather to be sprung open.
We arrived at approximately 8:15PM for a late dinner. I was surprised to see how tiny the seating area was when we walked through the door. However, we were kindly greeted by a host / server and told that there was a short wait (approximately 10 minutes, so we did). Luckily, it gave us a chance to look around and catch a starter beverage at their combo bar and to-go. Apparently there are many customers that order ahead and get some gourmet food and take it home.
Nellie sipped her Red Sangria and I enjoyed an Ace Apple Cider while a few tables were being cleared. Soon we were sat and reviewing a very simplistic menu. I was surprised that the menu was reasonably priced. The menu design has the customer to start by picking a protein, then there are a slew of sides you choose from. The menu is very much a-la-cart which makes it easy to make a few selections and share. We shared the rotisserie chicken and pulled pork and for sides we had sweet yams, yuca, greens, and plantains. Everything was quite delicious and sharing the meal made the experience unique and a lot of fun.
Our server was quite polite and paid us just the right amount of attention. There really was not any noticeable music playing that I noticed, which would have been nice, but we were busy chatting and sharing conversation. With so much going on at the moment for the both of us, we never have a shortage of things to discuss. I am not sure if they have dessert, but I didn’t see it when reviewing the menu and was not asked if we wanted any, sad face.
When we had our fill, our tab was delivered and we were left smiling. With everything going on in the next coming months, including weddings, baby showers and bachelor/bachelorette parties, it was nice not spending a lot on a really good dinner. The price point was much better than some of the other places we have been. It was a great spot and we will definitely recommend it to our friends looking for a quaint little dinner.
- Food – 4/5 stars
- Decor – 3/5 stars
- Music – NA/5 stars
- Service – 4/5 stars
- Price – $$
Till next time, this was DiFfErEnT DiSh – March 2014!