Well-Reviewed: Barbacco in San Francisco; Bistrot Bruno Loubet in the UK; Madhatter in DC; The Wright at the Guggenheim, and More

The latest of the greatest restaurant reviews…

* Michael Bauer reviews Barbacco, sibling restaurant to successful Perbacco, happily awarding it three stars. [San Francisco Chronicle]

* Miami’s Barolo Ristorante has reinvented itself, earning a couple of stars from Victoria Pesce Elliot. [Miami Herald]

* Bistrot Bruno Loubet in London is serving up deep-fried pig, and critic Giles Couren loves every bite at this terrific new restaurant that is “exactly what a bistro is supposed to be.” [London Times Online]

* The food and the service — not the scene — are the real stars at Bistro du Midi in Boston, according to Mat Schaffer. [Boston Herald]

* S. Irene Virbila makes an early visit to Culina, the new restaurant at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, and she’s pleased with what she sees and eats. [Los Angeles Times]

* Madhhatter in Washington, D.C., offers great food and great fun, according to Tom Sietsema. [Washington Post]

* Leslie Brenner of The Dallas Morning News reviews The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and writes that “The Mansion matters,” thanks to chef Bruno Davaillon. [The Dallas Morning News]

* Chef Neela Paniz’s newest restaurant, Neela’s, is serving up authentic Indian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and bright flavors in Napa. [San Francisco Chronicle]

* Preston’s in Dallas is turning out dishes that are super in more ways than one. [NBC Dallas-Fort Worth]

* Mexican restaurant Rustico Grill in Chicago gets a visit from critic Phil Vettel, who finds comfort and value in its menu. [Chicago Tribune]

* The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan has a masterpiece of a restaurant in The Wright. [Toronto Globe and Mail]

* Troy Unruh, former executive chef at Del Posto, has taken his talents to New Jersey’s Zylo, much to the good fortune of Garden State diners. [Newark Star-Ledger]

Well-Reviewed: Baker and Banker; Beacon; Birch and Barley, and Other Restaurants That Don’t Start with a ‘B’

Recent restaurant reviews from the news…

  • Beacon in Los Angeles gets high marks for its fusion burgers from Damon Gambuto at A Hamburger Today. [Serious Eats]
  • Ezekiel J. Emanuel hates all of the 555 beers served at Washington, D.C.’s Birch and Barley (because he hates all beer), but he loves the food. [The Atlantic]
  • Victoria Pesce Elliott has an uplifting dining experience at South Beach’s Solea. [Miami Herald]

Just Desserts: Do You Skip the Sweetest Course?

dessertDoes dessert (and the people who prepare it) get enough respect? The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Michael Bauer and Evan S. Benn of The Miami Herald don’t think so. Both have both recently bemoaned the fact that desserts are often an afterthought – for diners and restaurateurs. Diners often don’t save enough room for delicious desserts, and some restaurants offer dishes you’d rather miss.

I’ll admit that I have more of a meat tooth than a sweet tooth. Still, I enjoy ordering dessert as I believe it’s important to experience all aspects of a restaurant, including the talents of its pastry chef. When I dined on the tasting menu at Daniel, everything was delightful, but, in truth, the wonderful desserts were a bit of a blur because we were so full. Earlier this week, one of my companions that evening suggested that we return just for dessert in The Lounge at Daniel to revisit what we sort of missed. This same friend and I once had a delightful-but-“dessert-less” dinner at Asia de Cuba in Los Angeles, and we went back the very next night to try the sweets we’d skipped. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to entirely resist indulging in Daniel’s many savory delights once I walk through its doors, but I’m willing to give it a try.

Restaurant Review Roundup: Word on the Street

Trying to decide where to eat? Want a little professional help? Read about these recently (and positively) reviewed restaurants — and book a table to judge for yourself.