Dinner at Bice Ristorante

By | June 10, 2013

Last week we were invited by Bice Ristorante to try their newly launched summer menu. I’ve heard a lot of good things about them and was planning to save my visit for a special occasion so when the opportunity came to visit I went there on time and brought along my appetite.

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Located in the luxurious Al-Hamra mall, the restaurant is very elegant. Dark wood, dimmed lights, live music, white table cloth, flickering candles on the tables, the works. The atmosphere and the setting is perfect for a quiet night out to celebrate an occasion.

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After a warm Italian welcome from the restaurant manager we were seated promptly and a basket of fresh bread and bread sticks arrived on the table along with a bottle of balsamic and olive oil and three dips: pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and olive tapenade.

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There are a lot of items to choose from in the menu but we decided to choose the newest ones from the summer menu given that they are made with seasonal ingredients that are the freshest this time of year.

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After we placed our orders the menus were whisked away and a tiny bite of something in a cup was placed on the table. I was told by the waiter that it is “shrimp and parmesan” and I don’t eat shrimp so I didn’t try it, just took its photo.

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A complimentary summery drink was distributed for the occasion. It was fuzzy with sugar, berry juice, and orange fanta.

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Then our drinks arrived. The basil martini which was basil, lemon juice, and a sprite with a floating raspberry.

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Mine? A mojito of course! Not exactly an Italian drink, but I was very glad to find it in the menu and it was very good.

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Soon our appetisers arrived. First of which was the Portobello Mushroom salad, with mozzarella “Campana” and mixed green leaves.

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Warm mozzarella melting over the perfectly cooked giant mushroom with a side of lightly dressed crisp greens. You could tell with every bite that the ingredients are indeed very fresh.

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From the regular menu we ordered the “Parmigiana di melanzane Toscana buffalo”, a layered oven baked eggplant and fresh bufallo mozzarella with tomato sauce, fresh basil, and parmesan cheese.

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The dish is very nice and the eggplant is perfectly cooked in the tomato sauce, oozing buffalo mozzarella cheese. The portion was surprisingly tiny though and is enough for one only, not to be shared. Also, those crispy brown things on top are a mystery to me, they were too pointed and in the way. I hope they are not smoked lobster whiskers or something similar.

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Not long after the appetiser did our main dishes arrive. I ordered the Penne Primavera, with mix vegetables and a touch of cream.

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Frankly my main dish was my favourite dish in the menu. I’m not really a fan of cream based pasta sauces but this one was very light. Too light if I may say so myself. The amount of vegetables was too little in comparison to the amount of pasta. It wasn’t bad per say, it was just lacking that oomph factor that makes me crave dishes and want to have them again but that’s just my personal opinion.

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My husband’s dish was some grilled fish fillets over tomato sauce and olives topped with sauteed vegetables. I’m not sure what the name of the dish is though.

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When I asked my husband about his fish dish, he didn’t answer me, he just gave me the OK sign over the empty plate. Later on he told me that the fish was really good, extremely fresh, and the tomato sauce was a killer and that I should’ve ordered some tomato-sauce based pasta. I will take his word for it until the next time I try Bice again.

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We also ordered one side dish, the potatoes for the table. The only thing that made that dish special is the quality olive oil drizzled on top of the boiled potatoes otherwise its simply boiled potatoes. I believe there are more exciting dishes you could order from the menu.

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We couldn’t leave without ordering Tiramisu, we had to try the tiramisu. My husband objected, he said he was too full so I ordered the Tiramisu for myself with a cappuccino. Bice brew illy coffee, a very fine Italian choice for the cappuccino was very good and came with a side of bite-sized fluffy meringue.

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How was the Tiramisu? Well, lets put it this way. The spoonful below is the only one I had and I didn’t even get to have a second one, because my “already full” husband took the opportunity of my photographing the spoon to polish off the Tiramisu. Nothing was left for me but the cappuccino. Oh well, we know it was good.

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Each guest went home with a lovely bottle of aged balsamic vinegar. A 100-years-old balsamic vinegar to be precise! If I had a safe, I’d put that bottle of vinegar inside, a gift very befitting a fine Italian restaurant.

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The most memorable thing from my dinner at Bice was the music. The music was really, really good and I could have stayed there all night with nothing but coffee to listen to the music. If music can be delicious, then Bice’s music is! Thank you Bice Ristorante for the invitation and the gift, we had an excellent time at dinner. Wishing you the best of luck especially with the opening of your second branch this month in Marina Waves, Salmiya.

Bice Ristorante is located in Al-Hamra Mall. For more information you can give them a call on +(965) – 22270247  check their website (link), follow them on Twitter (@Bice_Kuwait), or on instagram (@Bice_Kuwait).


6 Comments

memoq8blog on June 12, 2013 at 08:47.

nice review dndn >> and masha’allah amazing pics :*

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danderma on June 12, 2013 at 09:29.

Thank you hon 3yoonich el amazing :)

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henry on June 29, 2013 at 20:02.

I am glad you had a good experience.
I went this afternoon and had one of the worst dining experiences. The best part of the whole lunch time was the drinks. And that’s about it. We ordered two appetizers: Crab cake and fried calamari, shrimps, mushroom. The crab cake was smelly and tasted like it had been sitting in the freezer for a long time. The fried sea food was soggy and the accompanying sauces were blend.
For the main we ordered Rib eye steak and fettuccine pasta with half lobster. The steak although, ordered medium cook, was too dry and stringy. At KD 12 this kind of advertised black angus beef is a highway robbery. Even at that it was of a very very poor quality. The pasta with lobster was another matter altogether. It had a very strong smell and tasted of lot of sea water smell. The lobster was dry as well and tasted blend. The person sitting across the table could smell coming from my plate. It was totally awful experience. One of the worsts, for sure.

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danderma on June 30, 2013 at 10:59.

I think you should have talked to the manager about it. For such a bad experience, I personally wouldn’t pay one fils. No one should go through that for a meal and I’m sure the managers who are always around checking on guests would have done something about it.

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Henry on July 3, 2013 at 13:36.

I did. I got a tame”‘sorry sir”! That’s it.
I paid over KD 35 for two. But that’s besides the point. I wanted to enjoy good Italian food but was served stinky food. Really.

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danderma on July 9, 2013 at 10:42.

That’s really sad. I know how the entire experience can be ruined when something goes wrong :( There used to be an excellent Italian restaurant in Kuwait, La Piazza, but sadly they shut down because of the first ring road renovations. I wonder if they were ever deciding to get back in business? I will have to check and see…

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