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“A real Chef in a Best Western hotel”

Robert Barral's Cafe Provence on Blush Hill
Price range: US$12 - US$25
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Located in the Best Western Plus Waterbury sits this beautiful restaurant. Featuring affordable, amazing cuisine that appeals to all tastes. Lovely wine selection, full bar with bar menu. Homemade pasta's, hand tossed pizza's and fabulous desserts!
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Surprisingly charming decor with dim lighting and cosy paneling with a large bar running the length of the room. Our friendly waitress Andrea explained the "Tapas Tuesday" addition to the regular menu. A small but well chosen wine list plus a full bar was available. I chose several tapas but only liked one of them the broccoli flan which was outstanding. The lobster slider was too mayonnaise for me and the sautéed calamari so bland I sent it back. The regular menu was another story - interesting selections, some old stand-by sand other more avant guard. The Caesar salad was large and well seasoned with just the right amount or grated cheese. The Seafood Stew was wonderfully flavored with subtle flavors that lingered delightfully on the tongue with shrimp scallops and calamari all served around a mound of saffron risotto and lobster broth. It was very hard to share this amazing dish! The homemade Ricotta Cavatelli with truffle Beurre Blanc laws also an outstanding dish located on the appetizer section though certainly adequate for the slightly smaller eater. I ordered Scallops to accompany - also available with chicken or shrimp.
My only criticism was the very long wait for our entrees- I questioned Andrea who said the tapas slowed the process- maybe so but still too long. We were seated at 7:30 but not served our entree till 9:15. But the food so delicious it was worth the wait!

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Pros: Very good french good with an interesting wine list. But has draft beer and pizza for the younger set. Staff is very welcoming.
Cons: Decor is chain hotel breakfast room and a bit tight. Things can get slow if you are at the end of the chef's queue. He is quick about the pizza to his credit.

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Excellent cuisine, very casual decor, attentive but discrete service. We loved the blend of Italian and French dishes. The Housemade Ricotta Cavatelli with Truffled Beurre Blanc offered the perfect balance of mild shallots that did not cover the mild truffle sauce. The muscles were delicious, especially the broth. We continued with something quite original, a Barley with a nice ratatouille lite in herbs though. The Baked Haddock Provencal was also delicious and the tomato olive compote offered the perfect contrast. Two minor critics would be that beurre blanc as a sauce and rice and potato as a starch are served with too many dishes. Deserts were too basic, nothing exceptional, not to the level of the dinner. The chocolate bomb had a basic chocolate flavour and not enough creme anglaise. The Chef’s Tasting- Chocolate Bomb, Cheesecake, and mini crème brûlée seemed an interesting sampling but proved as disappointing. I do love desserts and will give it another chance.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

Had a business dinner on a Monday. Bartender was excellent and our hopes were high. Menu was very interesting and rolls were excellent. Two orders is mussels were delivered to nearby tables which smelled so spoiled that I was tempted to warn them not to eat them. We were tempted to walk out right then.
Our entrees took a very long time to arrive as had the apps. I didn't want complain as we were with a customer. The lamb was excellent, the ceasar salad fine. Service was good but could have a little better for the price but they looked overloaded. I wonder if the regular chef was off?


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Reviewed 7 June 2014

A small group of us, two locals and one visitor, went to Cafe Provence for dinner due to its convenience because that's where our visitor was staying. We returned for dinner for the second night because it was that good. The roast chicken and steak au poivre were cooked and seasoned perfectly. If you do seafood you have to have the Seafood Stew. The goat cheese cake appetizer was repeated both nights. Desserts are equally good. Excellent value for the cost. I can't wait to go back.

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