Entertainment | Restaurants & Dining | May 2008
|Bruce's Back Alley: New Owner, Same Great Food!|
Gary R. Beck - PVNN
Rarely does a restaurant change ownership and maintain the same quality of food and service as its predecessor. This has occurred with the famed Bruce's Back Alley Bistro on the South Side of Puerto Vallarta.
|Bruce's Back Alley Bistro is located at Francisco Madero 225 on the South Side of Puerto Vallarta. For more information, call (322) 223-3560.|
Bruce sold his chic steak house to Jason and stayed for a couple months to assist, advise and assure that the recipes were identical to the originals. A vast majority of owners depart after the transaction is made, but Bruce stayed to implement a smooth transition. The results are beautifully presented plates of chops, chicken, steaks and fish prepared with the same care and dedication as before.
The dining room is subdued yet colorful with proper lighting. Artwork compliments the air of the space, with tables far enough apart to allow quiet conversation. The temperature is set at a comfortable level.
A group of us had the pleasure of dining there recently. We started with Bruce Ketta, a whimsical name for the classic bruschetta. The topping is made of diced fresh tomato with Italian seasoning and a slight tang. It rests on thick slices of crispy toast perfect for drippy finger food while deciding on a choice from the tempting entrées.
It took all my strength not to order my customary main course, double-wide bone-in Pork Chop Forestière, a sauce of spinach, rosemary, garlic and mushrooms, served over a huge bed of garlic mashed potatoes made fresh daily.
Instead of opting for his terrific Grilled Rib Eye, Filet Mignon or New York with compound butter, I decided upon Jason's recommended Butter Maple Wild Salmon Fillet grilled and topped with a silky maple clove butter reduction. The fish was thick, large portioned and very moist. The maple and sweetness complimented but did not overwhelm the meat. Each forkful was a delight. The dish was finished with the same potatoes and chunky al dente vegetables.
Steaks may be ordered with a Red Wine Mushroom, Chantilly Peppercorn or Roquefort sauce. Another specialty is the tropical tangy citrus sauce made with apple, pear, pineapple juice and garlic. It is presented on the Pork Chop or juicy Chicken Breast. Roasted baby potatoes are available. For lovers of delicate fish, an Herb Encrusted White Fish is offered.
But for dessert lovers, aim for the Classic Brownie accented with vanilla ice cream drizzled with smooth caramel. One cannot go wrong when you finish your meal here.
Bruce's Back Alley Bistro is located at Francisco Madero 225 on the South Side of Puerto Vallarta. For more information, call (322) 223-3560.
After 20 years in the San Francisco restaurant business, Gary R. Beck turned his attentions to cooking, dining out, creating recipes and exploring Puerto Vallarta's rich array of eateries. Famous for his restaurant guide, available online at CafePress.com or Lulu.com, Gary also writes restaurant reviews for Puerto Vallarta newspapers, Bay Area magazines, and now, a feature column for BanderasNews.com. Contact Gary at garyrbeck1(at)yahoo.com.
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