went to Breadfruit for the first time tonight and sampled most of what they had to offer
Drinks first as that is how you should judge a rum bar
Overall the drinks were average with a couple exceptions - the pours on all the drinks was very light - as a rum bar you would think they would live up to a tiki standard - Trader Vic's this is not RIP
The caprihina was ver good and wel made not overly sweet - this was the best drink of the evening
The strawberry basilica was not wahat I was expecting. It the ladies all loved it and it was a well crafted drink on the sweet side - needed another shot of rum IMO but would be a great pool drink I would recommend trying it
The drinks I would not order again
Estate Mai Tai - served in a Collins glass and it just got worse from there
Rum old fashion - too sweet and too weak - ice for a sip then it gets old no character to the drink
Hemingway daquiri - llight pour but otherwise well balanced - could have been better
Tasting flight south America to Europe - waitress recommended this and it had some new rums I had not tried so gave it a go - again light pour - poor value here and was average at best
On to the food
Scallop app: They were scallops a bit under cooked not the greatest sear and the sauce was unremarkable would pass on this one
Mussels: great mussels cooked perfectly with a delicious sauce and nice toast points - would certainly order these again - nice change of pace from the normal French white wine preparation and the mussels were the star of the show
Service: was very good - they did up sell everything as some people had reported on yelp - don't mind that - very profession courteous and knowledgable that was the best part of the evening along with the decor - very nice inside
Overall rating: worth a go if you are in the area to see if you like it - don't think we would return again but was worth a shot
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Thanks for the report, Dapuma, disappointing as it is. The food is probably too spicy for me, so the drinks were what had me intrigued with this place, although I hardly ever get downtown, so I've not been. I still might give it a shot, but I suppose I'll have a lot lower expectations if I do.
I agree with you that the mussels are great. They're one of my favorites on the menu - cooked over pimento wood with a mango-rum reduction.
The Breadfruit is one of my favorite spots. I actually love how nicely the drinks are balanced. The last time we were there,the owner paired cocktails with our meals. That was a treat. Some of my favorites have been the Daiquiri Agricole described to me as “our simplest and most sophisticated cocktail”, the Kingston Rum Punch, and the Pina Colada. I haven't been back to try the summer cockatils yet, but I love how they are always adding seasonal drinks. A couple spring favorites were the Eighteen Karrots (Appleton Estate V/X, carrots, ginger, lemon, and pimento dram) and the Kiwi Reserve (Mount Gay Special Reserve, kiwi, lemon, pineapple and lemon blossom tincture made in-house).
They fly in such fresh seafood so that's what I usually order. Love the rum glaze and jerk spice on the scallops, the flavor of the shrimp curry, and the fish of the day escovitch - simple but fresh, served with a spicy habanero-pimento vinegar sauce.
I actually was really hoping to get to their seafood and cocktail pairing dinner tomorrow night, but won't be able to make it.