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“Great new local place; creative and tasty dishes.”
Review of Bru Grill & Market

Bru Grill & Market
Ranked #9 of 305 Restaurants in Lake Forest
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Rockfield
Reviewed 1 January 2012

This is an swesome new local place. It's nice to get away from the big chain restaurants and support local businesses. I went here twice in December 2011, and I can't wait to go back!

All of the food has a creative, young and hip twist. Here are the things I've tried so far (including the nibbles I snarfed from my friends' and family's plates):

LUNCH:

House salad - simple, but tasty, and generous portion with tasty house vinegiarette.
Fries - very good, seasoned shoe string type (I asked for some of the peppercorn aioli for dipping)

Grilled cheese - they actually grilled the cheese before putting it on the bread. Yummy grilled mushrooms on it, very excellent.

BBQ brisket sandwich - juicy and yummy on a foccacia type bread. Probably wouldn't get it again, but worth a try for sure.
Tree Hugger Burger (veggie burger) - some nice dilled goat cheese and greens. Very good.

Soup of Day - it was like a potato cheddar (maybe had some ale in it) - outSTANDING. Not overly starchy, just the right balance of rich and creamy but not sickening. I could eat a gallon of it.

DINNER:

Bone in Filet - Maybe one of the best tasting steaks I've ever had. My only com[plaint was that it was too small. I would love a couple of these. I think it was 12 ounces, but probably had a 3 or 4 ounce bone in it. I made the mistake of sharing a few bites. Chef recommended the New York next time as it is bigger, but I am afraid it won't be sa tender. Their grill tastes awesome though.

Short RIbs - they do a few trhings with their short ribs, maybe even chili. Awesome, tender and falling apart juicy.

The scampi/pasta dishes were a little lifeless, so steer to the pork and beef dishes.

DESSERTS:

They have these yummy mini donuts served with a few different dipping sauces, and served on homemade cotton candy. Really? Yes. And it's good. Very fun and creative.

Some sticky toffee thing with a peanut butter ice cream. Awesome.

The chocolate bread pudding was good too, maybe a touch dry (but good with the chocolate sauce)

The owner was there when we went the first time, and he stopped and chatted with our group. They chef was also making rounds, and he was very nice, polite, and receptive to feedback. This is a new place, and I see them being very sucessful in the long run. Winning combinations of food, service, and culinary talent.

They also have a small little wine/beer shop with some sauces and other take out sundries. COOL DEAL - you can buy a bottle of wine in the shop, and they let you drink it with dinner for a $10 corkage (Better than the normal 150-300% markup you see in restaurants). You can also bring your own juice for the reasonable $10 corkage.

Hey Matt and Bru folks, if you are reading this, get your website up!! I've been telling folks about your place, but you still don't have a menu up!

Definitely worth checking out.

Date of visit: December 2011
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Reviewed 24 December 2011

After months of "coming soon" teasing, Bru Griil & Market is now open at the corner of El Toro and Rockfield in Lake Forest. (Imagine the two little dots over the "u" in "Bru", since my keyboard doesn't do umlauts.) Our Wednesday night dining gang managed to catch them on their first full night in operation, and they were worth the wait. The food selections are eclectic but tasty and fresh (they even have their own herb garden on one of the side patios), the wine prices are unbelievable even when you add in the $10/bottle corkage fee, and the beer selection will be terrific once everything is in stock -- just don't go in expecting to get a Coors Lite or anything as mundane as that! Many of the wait staff have come from other high-end restaurants, so the service is very good. We've been back several times since, twice in the bar area (be prepared to make new friends, as much of the seating there is first-come-first-served at long trestle tables shared by multiple parties), and we've had a good experience each time. The opportunity to walk in and be seated right away may be gone by now, so I'd recommend reservations or a fair amount of patience. Give it a try!

Date of visit: December 2011
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Date of visit: April 2018
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Date of visit: June 2015
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