Thursday, July 15, 2010

Buca for Birthday

For my birthday, five of my girl friends and I went for dinner at Buca. None of us have been there before, and we were all pretty clueless about it (there is no menu posted on their website, their menu changes daily). But since Buca was suggested by Cindy, my best foodie friend, I had 100% faith in her selection =).  

Buca is located in the King West area, far into a lane way. The only indication of there being a restaurant is from the sign pictured on the left.  You would then need to walk all the way down an alley, which will lead you to the restaurant entrance. Once you walk through the doors, you would need to descend a long flight of stairs to a large space below ground floor. It is THEN that you will arrive at Buca

The decor there is beautiful, with super high ceilings and brick walls. The whole space is very industrial looking. 

 Edison-bulb chandeliers. Pretty cool.

A view from my seat.

While waiting for everyone to arrive, my friend and I ordered some cocktails to start.

I got the Negroni, and my friend got the Bellini. 

Buca's menu changes daily, this one stamped "COMPLETED JUN 11, 2010" (yes, this post is way over due).

We had a lot of questions about the menu because it was huge! There were many sections, such as pizzas, pastas, meats, seafood, salumi, cheese, side dishes, appetizers, and salads. Thank goodness our waiter was very knowledgeable about every item and answered all our queries. But still, we all had a hard time deciding what to get. Too much selection!

Bottle of red wine for us.

This post will contain mostly pictures because I forgot to take a picture of their menu so I have no idea the exact names of everything. This is the bad part about not having a menu online haha~

First came the warm bread knots rolled in garlic and rosemary. These were so delicious.

Cheese plate with seasonal preserves. Like the menu, the cheese selection changes daily as well. I loved all the cheeses (especially the blue cheese), and I think they did a great job pairing the preserves with the different cheeses.

Also got ourselves a charcuterie plate. This was average; I've had better charcuterie at Pizzeria Libretto and Black Hoof.

Then came the mains. This is the ravioli with spinach and ricotta, topped with peas.

Duck egg pasta with duck ragu, mascarpone, and basil.

A few of us ordered pizzas. They came in a long rectangular shape, uncut, with a pair of scissors for you to cut your desired portion. The crust is super thin, and the cutting part was fun =D

This pizza had Buca's selection of meat, buffalo mozzarella, and peppers.

This was my pizza. It had mushrooms, gorgonzola and various herbs and spices. Vegetarian pizza. Loved it.

We didn't order dessert because Cindy got me a Pink Velvet cake from Dufflet. Beautiful!!! I ♥ pink.

Nobody can move until I take a picture of this cake! I bet my friends are thinking "HURRY UP!"

The mandatory birthday-girl-with-birthday-cake picture.

This dinner was memorable because I got to celebrate my birthday with my closest friends;  it wouldn't have mattered to me where we ate.  Nevertheless, I found the food at Buca to be average. I wouldn't particularly go back for their charcuterie or cheeses, and although the pizza was cool, I liked the pizza from Pizzeria Libretto better. The thing that really stood out for me were the bread knots! There are many many other things on the menu that I did not get a chance to try, and I've also heard good things about the desserts. The fact that I love their "industrial chic" decor would also be another reason I would want to go back.

Another shot of the yummy cake. I was the only one who could finish the whole slice (the cake was cut into 6 pieces). Yeah it was big, but it was gooooooood.


Vickie said...

Aww... i wanted to try Buca but now taht you said that it's not that good =(
I thought the buzz was about the Charcuterie.... last time I went to Local Kitchen and wine bar who r suppose to specialize in charcuterie but still not impress either.....oh well, better go back to Black Hoof & Pizza Liberato...

I still have to try Queen Margherita Pizza, heard that teh owner always say they make better pizza than Liberato's >__< hummmmmm

AC said...

Glad you had a great time!! The cake was super delicious and if I wasn't so full, I think I would have finished it too!
I favoured the fresh mozzerella cheese the most!
Maybe we can do just appetizers next time haha...

The Food Junkie said...

@Vickie - I think you should still go, Vickie. Who knows you may order some other dishes and they may taste fabulous. The decor is nice too. What I ordered was still good, just not "amazing", that is why I still wouldn't mind going back and trying other things. It has potential. But I agree that it is hard to beat the Black Hoof! Yeh, the executive chef at Buca supposedly worked for Mark McEwan for like 10 years and charcuterie is supposedly his specialty too.

As for Queen Margherita's Pizza, I have heard two diff things from two diff friends. One said i'ts mediocre, the other one said it's comparable to Pizzeria Libretto. Let me know! =)

The Food Junkie said...

@AC - I loved the blue cheese =)

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