October 12, 2011

Brix Napa Valley Grill and Wine Bar

For the longest time, I've been trying to use my Dealfind coupon to Brix Napa Valley Grill, which was one of the first group deals that I ever bought. Back then, I wasn't very selective about which deals to buy, but the deal seemed very good at the time ($15 for $70 of food with no expiration date). Since then, I've read numerous bad reviews on this restaurant, so I never had the incentive to go try it out. Finally, I decided to give this place a try. I wasn't too hungry, so I just ordered an appetizier- panko sesame chicken strips with Thai dipping sauce. It was basically a slightly more refined version of chicken fingers with an Asian spin. However, the Thai dipping sauce tasted just like regular plum sauce. I actually ordered this thinking that you can't go wrong with chicken fingers (because I have very low expectations of this restaurant). Nevertheless, it was quite tasty and I was satisfied with my dish.
My friend opted for the pasta special of the day: rigatoni tossed with pulled lamb shank, olives, capers, spinach, and goat cheese spicy tomato ragu. Since I hate lamb and goat cheese, this pasta did not appeal to me. However, my friend liked it  
Another friend went for the rigatoni from the regular menu, featuring sautéed assorted fresh mushrooms, grilled chicken, tomatoes and a light coffee velouté. She also enjoyed her pasta, and the portion was pretty decent.
My boyfriend wasn't too thrilled about me dragging him here, but he found his certified Angus beef strip loin with shallot, tomato, natural jus and garlic mash to be passable. I had a few bites and thought that it was pretty decent. The meat was adequately tender, and it came out medium, just the way that he asked for. I also ate all the vegetables for him, and found those to be pretty good as well. So overall, the food was pretty good. The big problem was the service: it was incredibly slow! We had to flag down other waiters to locate our waitress multiple times. Waiting for the dessert menu and the bill took forever! That said, the restaurant still exceeded my expectations (because I had none), so I'm glad I finally got to use my dealfind coupon! Now, time to buy more!
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