Food Porn: Left Bank

Without a doubt, the most talked about restaurant on our site that has yet to be “Food Porn-ed” is Left Bank.  In fact, some of our earliest comments were “You Need to try Left Bank” and with their constant #1 ranking on Urbanspoon, I was really excited when Alli and I made our reservations.  Not known for being the cheapest meal, I was surprised by how affordable their menu was when I looked online.  The prices range in the $13 to $25 for entrees and ~$10 for appetizers.  They are somewhat hidden downtown; located on Rhode Island just across the street from the great Prime 490.

To start, I have to comment that the service was fantastic.  Not only was our server great but we accidentally arrived one and a half hours before our reservation (we got it mixed up with another reservation we have next week) and they still sat us without any fuss.  While it wasn’t incredibly busy in the dining room, I was still impressed with how they handled the situation.

Our goal when we sat down was to try at least one of their specials for the day.  That plan was solidified after hearing the specials from our waittress.  Apparently on Wednesday’s Left Bank has a special Vietnamese and Thai menu specials.  Off of that menu I ordered a Thai Green Curry Coconut with Pork ($6, above).  While I’m not exactly as “familiar” with Curry as I would like to be, I thoroughly enjoyed the soup.  The broth wasn’t incredibly spicy but it did have some “heat”.  The pork wasn’t abundant but the coconut curry broth made up for it; it had a nice sweetness to it that complimented the spice very nicely.  I finished the entire bowl and could have easily eaten another.

For an appetizer, Alli picked out the Fondue for “two” ($14).  Left Bank’s “fondue” was a Gorgonzola cheese sauce surrounded by beef tenderloins on skewers, slices of foccacia, portobella mushroom “fries” and asparagus spears.  We’ve definitely had a good amount of fondue on this website as it is one of Alli’s favorite dishes, and this version from Left Bank did not leave us disappointed.  Sure the Gorgonzola was delicious, but it was the dipping options really set this apart.  The beef was cooked beautifully and was so tender that you didn’t even need a knife to cut it.  In addition, while I’ve never been a fan of mushrooms, when battered and fried they were quite delicious.  And the asparagus spears were gigantic and crisp and were just complimented wonderfully by the cheese.

Alli ordered her main entree from the special menu, Grilled twin 4 oz beef tenderloin medallions topped with butter poached lobster that came with a side of chevre mashed potatoes all covered with a balsamic-teriyaki demi-glace ($32).  While there was not as much lobster as she would have wanted, the beef was obviously incredibly tender and juicy and what she really raved about was the glaze.  It was incredibly smooth and sweet and she finished every bite of food on her plate with no problem.

I ordered my entree off the regular menu, after remembering a reader’s favorable comment about Carrot Papardella, I looked at the ingredients and quickly realized that it was something I would definitely enjoy.  The dish included fettuccine noodles that were covered with a shellfish-brandy cream and topped with a generous amount of lobster, shrimp and crab meat.  I could barely finish half of the bowl; it seemed like I had eaten 3 lobster tails worth of meat.  It did make for an amazing leftover lunch the following day.

Now it’s not a surprise that we enjoyed Left Bank.  Since I started the blog I’ve been told that Left Bank is one of the best restaurants in Buffalo and I will gladly carry on the praise.  Their menu is full of exciting and different dishes and the prices are really reasonable considering the quality of food and service.  Obviously this is a restaurant were reservations are a must and don’t be surprised if you have to book a couple weeks ahead for a Friday/Saturday night.  But save up the extra cash and do yourself a favor and try out this restaurant, it really lives up to the hype.

Left Bank on Urbanspoon

One thought on “Food Porn: Left Bank

  1. Adam Pfleegor

    My parents were in town visiting for the night for my birthday and we all decided to head out to Left Bank to give it a try. Since Donnie already has a fantastic write up about the place, I figured I would just leave my brief thoughts. First off, I also had the same experience with the service. The entire staff was both extremely helpful and very accommodating. We ended up showing up with the an extra member than what the reservation was made for and they responded without a problem. I also started off with the fondue and it was fantastic. The comment on the meat being cooked perfectly was spot on. I went with the twin filets that had a mushroom ragout on the bottom and were topped with a potato, cheese, horseradish and bacon sauce. I dont use the term “best” very often but this was definitely one of the best steak meals I have had. Everyone else in the party loved the meals as well and not to mention they have a pretty solid selection of drafts to choose from. I would also highly recommend this place. The atmosphere, service and food were all fantastic and on top of that, there were plently of affordable options on the menu.

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