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Happy Birthday Diva #2!!!! Sadly Diva #1 was out of town for her partner in crime’s birthday so she knew that she had to ensure a wild night to make up for it. We started with the usual cocktails at Diva #1’s place and we opened a good bottle of red wine that Diva #1 had been saving for a special occasion. Diva #2 received her birthday gift from her fellow Diva, and off we went with Sweet Pea and Vegan Vixen for a night of celebrating! It really is unfortunate when we arrive at a restaurant already inebriated, our photography skills always suffer, we get louder (yes, it’s possible), laugh more, we start texting men that shouldn’t be propositioned, and we get a tad more aggressive. In other words, we have a fabulous time. This night was no different, if anything, it was a touch extreme.
Brasero Hardi is a beautiful restaurant, very classy and old school, very Diva-esque. We were happy to be sitting on their pretty fabulous courtyard terrace in the back of the restaurant. Even when it started to rain, at a push of a button, a roof came over our heads to keep us dry and happy. Sadly the restaurant was almost empty, and it seemed like we would not get our rowdy night. The Divas, Sweet Pea and Vegan Vixen were soon the loudest table, saying inappropriate things, ordering too much food and just being ourselves. We try to be good girls, but where is the fun in that?
We started our night with the lamb tartare with pickled peppers and a soft poached egg. The lamb tartare was flavourful, easily distinguishable from beef tartare which is important and wonderfully seasoned. The soft poached egg was breaded and fried in a Scotch egg style which made for an interesting addition and added some crunch to each bite. The tartare also came with pickled peppers and arugula. Most of Brasero Hardi’s dishes came with arugula, which was wonderful, slightly peppery and in this case, a great combination with the Scotch egg and raw lamb. Had we ordered the main course of this appetizer it would have come with fries and salad but we were perfectly content with our choice.
We decided to order a bunch of appetizers instead of ordering separately and we did not regret that decision at all. The foie gras torchon was an amazingly generous portion with gizards confit, pieces of lamb and red onions confit on a brioche. This creamy appetizer was loved by all, it was decadent and so filling. It arrived on a cutting board with a pesto dipping sauce drizzled in one corner, simply scrumptious!
Since we were with Vegan Vixen, we could not only order the foie gras and lamb, so we succumbed to her lifestyle and enjoyed the fish crudo. Thin slices of raw salmon, dressed with olive oil and lemon made for the perfect summer meal. The fish was refreshing and topped with fennel, fried shallots and more of their signature arugula. This was a wonderful appetizer to enjoy on a terrace and once again, the portion was generous and the fried shallots a crunchy addition to the starter.
We also ordered another delicious looking starter, just look at the picture! But for the life of us we cannot remember what it was… perhaps a note to aspiring bloggers, do not drink on the job. In all we had a blast and we hope that Diva #2 had a fabulous birthday filled with good stories, even though her birthday made for a less than stellar dinner review. In the end, it is all about having fun 😉
We compromised with Vegan Vixen and ordered the heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella di Buffala, but this seemingly vegetarian dish also came with lacquered pork belly. Vegan Vixen dug around the pork and ate the tomatoes and cheese, but the rest of us enjoyed the freshness of the dish with its marjoram spice and once again, fresh arugula. You really need to love arugula to eat at Brasero Hardi and thankfully we do because it wasn’t mentioned in the menu descriptions, but many plates were served on a bed of arugula. The tomatoes were room temperature and juicy, the cheese plentiful and the pork belly divine.
Our last little appetizer was a side dish, the roasted mushrooms, which came in a tiny cast iron pot, adorned with arugula and cubed pieces of cheese. Radishes also topped this dish and we devoured those mushrooms in seconds. Even Sweet Pea, a hesitant mushroom eater, was very pleased with their wild mushroom variety. At this point we were drinking more and more delicious Italian Pinot Grigio wine and texting our Sensei and Diva #1’s Eye Candy to join us. As we said, when we drink too much, we tend to send out inappropriate text messages and generally become lewd and out of control. Sensei once said that he has two white hairs on his head and they are named after Diva #1 and Diva #2.
The only main that we threw in the middle and all shared was the shrimp risotto with greens (in this case, you guessed it…arugula) and reggiano in a pesto sauce. This was the least impressive option of the night, as the shrimps were small and fairly tasteless. They tasted like the shrimps that you can buy in a ring at the grocery story. It was surprising because everything else that night had been very delicious but this dish left much to be desired. The risotto was well cooked but the spices and pesto did not stand out. It is not something that we would return to Brasero Hardi and order, the appetizers were much more impressive.
Right before dessert, our sweet sweet Sensei joined us. Always brave, he often shows up to a group of intoxicated women… although he always regrets it instantly each time. Sometimes he gets bitten, other times kissed; he truly never knows the mood of the group until he arrives. On this particular evening we were more rowdy than usual, after all, we were celebrating! So when Diva #2 asked for Sensei’s delicious looking friend’s number… and he said no, things got out of hand. Sweet Pea stole his phone and tried to guess the password and Diva #1 called the police in the hopes of scaring him into providing us with the password. Instead, the police called back after we hung up on them. Sensei answered, they asked to speak to the girl who called , Diva #1 wisely explained the error and Sensei swore to never mix us with alcohol again. Our waiter at Brasero Hardi promised us that he would send the police to Philemon if they showed up… unfortunately he had heard where we were going next.
Lucky for us, our attentive waiter had heard that we were celebrating Diva #2’s birthday and had sent over a decadent dessert. We sang happy birthday in Polish, Arabic, English and Italian (such a multicultural group)… Diva #1 said her good wishes in Greek so that Diva #2 would live to be 100 and we dug into the dessert. Well to be fair, Diva #1 first licked the whipped cream off of the dessert, while everyone sighed and then we dug in. It tasted like coconut cream but at this point we were in no position to have fully functional taste buds.
We ended our night at Philemon, which is just down the street. We had only been there once before but Diva #1, Vegan Vixen and Sweet Pea had caused such a ruckus with a group of degenerate men that the bouncer actually recognized us and laughed when he saw us. We just can’t seem to be classy ladies, things always go too far and we always leave a place with a story. We met Diva #1’s Eye Candy at Philemon who kept asking us why our Sensei looked so broken inside. We kissed Sensei’s little head, hugged him and told him that we loved him, but at the end of the day, we had still called the police on him. Sometimes he can be so sensitive!
This would have been a more amusing story had the police not called back hours later to check up on the situation. At this point Sensei was not with us so he told them to call Diva#1’s phone to ensure that she had not been raped. Diva #1 is feeling much guilt over this fiasco and hopes that Sensei could find it in his big heart to forgive her. Although this made for a funny story, we do not condone this behaviour and are grateful for all the hard work that the police do. We are especially thankful that, had Diva #1 actually been in trouble, the police were making sure to keep tabs on the situation throughout the night. We also fear that Sensei is on a list as a potential disturber of the peace… and he really is the nicest gentleman.
Our Rating: As Expected
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