In my memory, i Brande' was a nice upscale trattoria specializing in local fare. I was therefore pleasantly surprised when on my last visit I discovered that in the meantime the promising trattoria had evolved into an excellent restaurant, clearly under an innovative chef's impulse. While local classics haven't disappeared, now the dominant theme is fish, with an openness to Asian cooking styles but a clearly preavailing Mediterranean inspiration. We were four and shared some dishes, and I was impressed by the quality of the "crudo" (it included bream, yellowtail, bonito and shrimp), followed by an excellent tuna filet in a revisited tataki style; also the millefeuille of eggplant and bream was more than good, and so were the desserts. The wine list is excellent too, with a wider selection of French wines - obviously alongside the even richer Italian list - than anywhere else in Turin (at least in my limited experience). What is really unique is the size and quality of the list of French Champagnes and Italian Spumanti: I am a red-wine person but am ready to bow in front of such wealth. It's just a pity that most of it seems to be stored at room temperature, so that I had to ask to cool down even the Sicilian red I had chosen. Finally, service is competent and nice, and prices adequate, while the location in a minor street close to the Porta Nuova station is not up to the many qualities of this restaurant.
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