Last Friday night, my boyfriend Jeremy and I were on our way to the Muse concert at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. We were hungry, but instead of grabbing a quick bite near our home in Delray Beach, we decided to get closer to the arena and figure it out there.
I can’t say I know the restaurants of Sunrise very well, so I used my phone to check out the top places on Trip Advisor. Trip Advisor can be great for figuring out some of the best restaurants in an area, but I have found two downsides:
- When you’re looking at the list of the top restaurants, the results are based on those who have a decent amount of reviews. This makes it hard to find hot new restaurants in an area.
- It often turns up a lot of big chain restaurants- not necessarily a bad thing, but not exactly what I’m looking for when I want to eat local (which is often).
The Cheesecake Factory came in at #1, but I’ve been there and done that many times. I wanted to try something new and exciting. The #2 spot was a restaurant called Bash Wine Café and Catering. I called them up to see if they had a spot for us at 7:30 on a Friday evening, and the hostess said she could squeeze us in. It was meant to be.
Bash is not the kind of place that you would notice unless you were specifically looking for it. It’s located in a strip mall that’s pretty old and beat up, but once you’re inside it is warm and cozy. The décor is cute without being fancy and it’s very comfortable. We were greeted almost immediately by a pleasant server who offered beer and wine suggestions and gave a nice explanation of the daily food specials. He also quickly brought out fresh, warm, homemade bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I usually don’t like to fill up on bread, but this was so good that it was hard to stop eating.
Since we were in a bit of a rush to get to the concert, Jeremy and I skipped appetizers and instead just ordered side salads to start off our entrees. For dinner, I was torn between a daily special of three-cheese shrimp ravioli with a pink cream sauce and the Mediterranean shrimp, which was advertised as 10 grilled shrimp over rice with a white wine garlic sauce and the veggie of the day, which happened to be green beans. Both sounded delicious, but I ended up going with the second option.
I kind of wish I had gone with the ravioli pasta special. While nothing was necessarily wrong with my food- it was fresh and didn’t taste bad- there wasn’t anything special about it at all. There was no wow factor to it, and I feel like I could have prepared the same exact thing at home without much effort. I don’t know about you, but when I go out and pay $19 for a meal, I like to be blown away, even if I order something as simple as shrimp skewers over rice. This garlic white wine sauce that the menu listed was almost non-existent and the rice was just kind of blah.
Jeremy ordered the “Whoo Dat” burger, a 10 ounce blackened burger topped with melted Swiss cheese, grilled red onion fried pickle spears, bacon, jalapenos and Bash’s house made voodoo sauce. As you can see in the picture, it was huge and not for those who wish to stay clean while eating. While it was not the greatest burger I’ve ever tried, it was cooked to perfection and hit the spot. I liked it better than my meal, and the sweet potato fries that he got on the side were sweet, crispy perfection.
Throughout the course of our meal, we saw several other dishes go by that looked impressive. If I were to go back I’d try the drunken goat cheese salad as well as the bone-in short ribs. Although I didn’t end up loving what I ordered, the food was decent, the service was excellent and if I end up in Sunrise again I’d probably give it another try.
Bash Wine Café and Catering is located at 8067 W Oakland Park Blvd, Sunrise, FL 33351; (954) 578-6700; Closed on Monday’s