May 11, 2018
Nestled in a pretty, cobbled King Street West courtyard, Brassaii is an elegant and welcoming bistro with a hip little lounge attached. A row of columns separates the bar from the dining room and, as a whole, it’s an airy, attractive space, bright yet not unromantic, with large windows that let in lots of light and an interesting mix of early French Renaissance details and modern design touches. The bar in particular makes a chic spot for a pre-dinner dink or an after-work cocktail, and a DJ plays on Saturday nights. There’s also a cafe and an events room for private functions, so they’ve really got all their bases covered. Open all day, they serve an excellent breakfast, with bread and pastries fresh from the in-house bakery. Lunch is pretty good too, but the restaurant really comes into its own in the evenings. There’ll often be live music playing as you explore the Mediterranean menu, which ranges from homemade ravioli to bone marrow-crusted bison tenderloin. Be sure to leave room for dessert as they’re rather good too, or if you’re after a rather special post drinking snack, an indulgent late night menu offers such decadent treats as foie gras and oysters. An imaginative cocktail list includes the lemon meringue martini a tartly sweet concoction of Belvedere vodka, lemoncello, lemon curd, lemon juice and egg white) and the fruity Bad Moon Rising (Plymouth gin, Smirnoff vodka, Chambord, lychee and blackberries). And oenophiles will be in their element as there’s also an impressive wine list and an open wine cellar.