"Valdez" by Steve Gonzalez opening.. in a month?
- justxpete May 8, 2013 02:13 PM
Probably more like "soon", but...
Congrats to him. Hate to say this, that 2 yr delay didn't do him any favours. The landscape has changed a lot in that time.
Also glad he ditched the generic hipster "Bushwick" name.
Looking forward to eating his food. I wish him the best of luck
I am wondering what kind of arrangement they have because the "Uniq Lifestyle Entertainment Group" is involved in this new restaurant and they owned Cheval before. I was thinking the same thing that it is quiet a large space. I am guessing they might be hoping to turn it into a restaurant/event space and end up having a lot of private parties in here (especially during TIFF/Fashion Week/etc).
I saw Bushwick at some Pop-ups before and I had no desire to ever try any of their food, largely in part to the name :) Had no idea someone from Top Chef Canada Season 1 was involved with it either.
Funny how things change, in this article he was talking about a 50 seat place, no partners, etc:
Excited to see what he makes of the new place though.
It's been open for a couple of weeks. Tried it out when it opened and had to walk out. All of the (available?) 2-tops were barstool seating and my companion has a back problem and needs a 'proper' seat, which they couldn't provide. Went to Beast instead and had an excellent meal there.
Went here Saturday night, the place has a great ambience..the food was okay but nothing exceptional. Would I mind returning? probably not but would I be in a hurry to reserve again... not really. We ordered:
- the shrimp ceviche ( it was pretty good but we had eaten the ceviche at seven lives earlier in the day so we could not help feeling a little undershelmed)
- the chicken croquettes (weakest dish of the night)
- chimichurri beef skewers (for me this was the dish of the night because the meet was very succulent)
- the empanadas (these were a good snack)
-duck confit fried rice (good flavours but a little bland)
My cousin thought the food overall was lacking a little salt and I thought it could have had more spice or a kick to it....the bill with 4 glasses of wine was 108 (excluding tip) which I thought was decent for an eatery in that neighborhood.
Yea never bothered writing on this place because it was too new, but I wrote them off as no potential. The food was so BLAND, and the place had no energy, I just wrote them off! Decent execution and fair pricing but most everything lacked flavour - through and through. Sorry to see this is still mostly the case. Sounds like the vibe picked up.
Has anyone tried the rooftop bbq on the weekends?
Anybody have a great meal there?
I stopped there for a drink and a bit of food a while back... I didn't like the stool style seats... and we felt like we were being rushed out... The waiter came way too often asking if we wanted to order more/etc. Got pretty annoying... At the same time no refill on water glass. There were seats available too, it wasn't like there was a line of people waiting to get in. That turned me off the place.
I am curious about the rooftop BBQ though and curious to hear more as I have seen it mention on BlogTo, etc