August 30, 2011

Dinner @ The Left Bank

Although I wanted to try a new restaurant in Buffalo, I was too lazy to read reviews. So in the end, I stuck with my favourite restaurant- The Left Bank.
We were 1.5 hr early for our reservation, but we figured that we could probably snag a spot anyway given that it was a random Thursday night.  We were wrong! The place was absolutely packed and a lot of people were hanging by the bar area while they waited for a seat. Even though the bar looks almost empty in this picture, there were actually a lot of people in the restaurant. We had so much trouble finding parking.
After awhile, we were seated in the patio since we didn't want to wait for another hour. The patio was quite charming, and thankfully there wasn't a lot of bugs.
The bread was cold and mediocre, but the roasted red pepper dip was delicious and addictive!
Bruschetta of the day was topped with grilled chicken, roasted garlic and romano cheese spread, balsamic marinated tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. The last two times that I dined here, the bruschetta was simply outstanding. Unfortunately, this version was not as good as the previous ones that I've had at this restaurant. The flavour profile was missing a kick and I was somewhat disappointed.
On the other hand, I really loved the hot banana pepper baked in San Marzano tomato sauce with asiago cheese and shredded basil. I enjoyed the heat in the banana pepper. It was incredibly aromatic and the hot banana pepper and cheese made a heavenly match. Although the dish was very heavy, it was simply scrumptious and I couldn't stop eating it.
Lastly, the carrot papardella was also excellent. Tossed with lobster, shrimp and crab meat, the pasta was slathered in a shellfish-brandy cream, with julienne vegetables, arugula and tarragon. The shellfish sauce was delectable and rich with lobster flavour, which I absolutely loved. I felt that I could have drank the sauce like a cream soup. The pasta, cooked al dente, was coated with chunks of sweet crab meat, and the julienne vegetables added some freshness to this rich and delicious concoction.
My mom and I are really not big eaters, so we had a lot of leftovers to pack home for an excellent meal the following day. Once again, I had a delightful meal at The Left Bank, and I highly recommend anyone going to Buffalo to check this place out. However, the restaurant is incredibly popular, so keep in mind that reservation is a must!
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