The Left Bank @ Buffalo

The Left Bank is hands down one of my top 5 favourite restaurants of all time. Ever since my recent visit, I’ve been dying to come back – hopefully to indulge in at least everything on their menu. This is really rare for me – but my experience here was just unbelievable and the food was beyond fantastic. We walked in with high expectations and were not disappointed at all!

The Left Bank is a cozy restaurant situated in Buffalo – approximately 30 minutes from the Niagara Falls border.  The restaurant gives off a romantic ambiance yet casual atmosphere – it may get real busy so be prepared for noise!

We visited on a Sunday evening and thank God we decided to make reservations because the place was jam packed when we arrived.

Table setting & Dinner Menu + Daily Specials!

Bread to start: The bread was served cold but the dip that went with the bread was memorable and addicting.

Bruschetta ($9.00) – Daily

  • Topped with saved ribeye, roasted red pepper cheese spread, asparagus and mozzarella
  • Their bruschetta changes on a daily basis
  • I rarely order bruschettas’ at restaurants – but the ones at left bank are an exception
  • Felt like I was in heaven – each bruschetta tasted like a mini pizza slice

A closer shot…

Fried Oysters ($9)

  • with tomato corn and jalapeno sauce and creole remoulade
  • I never order oysters when I dine out because I’m afraid of the “slimy” texture – but I didn’t mind it at all – in fact, I highly recommend this!
  • The thickness of the batter was perfect – crispy and chewy
  • The tomato corn and jalapeno sauce nicely balanced out the “heaviness” of the fried oysters

Carrot Papardella Pasta ($22)

  • tossed with lobster, shrimp and crabmeat served in a shellfish brandy cream with julienne vegetables, arugula and tarragon
  • WOW! the carrot papardella is the best seafood pasta I ever had – seriously
  • The Left Bank does not skimp out on seafood because I could taste delicious lobster pieces in every bite
  • In terms of the pasta itself -it was cooked to a perfect al dente- very tasty – just loved how rich and creamy the sauce tasted

Ravioli ($20) – Daily 

  • Filled with breaded chicken, banana peppers and mixed cheeses, served with San Marzano tomato sauce
  • The Left Bank has a daily Ravioli feature
  • The ravioli was humongous – it’s not one of those bite sized ravioli – it was one huge piece – resembled more of a lasagna in my opinion
  • The ravioli was very rich and the breaded chicken made it incredibly filling – mmm! the cheesiness of the pasta made it so hearty comforting!

Closer shot of the ravioli

My verdict? – The food here is without a doubt amazing – fresh ingredients and generous portions – all for a reasonable price. Due to the large portions – we ended up packing both the pastas home!  If only they could open a Toronto location…That would just make my life! Highlight of the dinner is hard to say – because both courses were just as stellar!

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  1. andy1076
    April 12, 2012 / 3:39 am

    This is me at your new home 🙂 yummers!

    • Grace
      April 12, 2012 / 3:44 am

      thanks for the support Andy =) I think you are my only follower right now haha

      • andy1076
        April 23, 2012 / 9:11 pm

        Tell everyone that you are here 🙂 🙂 on your other blog 🙂

    • Grace
      April 12, 2012 / 3:47 am

      thanks for the support Andy =) I believe you are my only follower atm haha

      • andy1076
        April 12, 2012 / 4:04 am

        My pleasure to be here! I love your reviews 😀

  2. Beth
    May 3, 2012 / 5:46 am

    The owners of Left Bank just opened a second restaurant in on Hertel Ave in North Buffalo, Mes Que. next time you’re in Buffalo, you should really try Sea Bar on Ellicott St. You will not be disappointed.

    • Grace
      May 4, 2012 / 12:00 am

      I definitely check it out for sure! thanks for the reco =)

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