Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Food Dudes: Cuvée dining promises flavor, flatbread and fun

SOPHIE KATZMAN ’14
GEORGINA THERMOS ’14
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

For the Food Dudes’ second culinary venture in Hartford, we decided to hit up an old favorite-Cuvée. Cuvée is a food, wine, and champagne room nestled at the edge of Blue Back Square in West Hartford.

A “cuvée” is a particular batch of wine. The name references the restaurant’s wine room, stocked with bottles from around the globe. Cuvée is located across from Whole Foods Market and near The Cheesecake Factory, and it offers a very different type of dining experience. One of our favorite features is their happy hour special. Tuesday through Friday from five to seven, they offer everything on their menu for 50 percent off. It’s great to be able to go there and savor their gourmet foods at such a good price! Now that we are 21, we can also enjoy their delectable drinks.

Cuvée offers a chic twist to Blue Black Square with its swanky and modern flair. This intimate and alluring space is arranged into two rooms that create an open flow and compliment each other’s energy. The “Champagne Lounge” is exactly what you would imagine it to be. The lightly dimmed chandeliers offer the perfect vibe for a night out with friends. The lounge has a variety of seating options to fit your desired experience. You can go with the velvet embroidered over-sized couches or the booth styled benches. The tables are small, but manage to hold a fair amount of food due to their tapas-sized plates. This room is decently spacious, creating a welcoming atmosphere for relaxing conversations and comfortable dining.

The “Wine Room” follows through with this sexy, intimate theme. The furniture is minimal, encouraging an atmosphere for those interested in socializing. Featuring a multi- level “wine bar,” this room is definitely more fit for a date night or after work drinks. The restaurant rents out the space to those interested in hosting private events, parties, or staff functions.

The menu offers a wide variety of dishes to appeal to the diverse palettes. They have a large selection so there is always something new to try. Their plates are smaller in size, which encourages guests to sample different dishes. The restaurant’s diverse menu ranges from all kinds of sushi to classic “Between the Bread” sandwich options.

During our visit, we started off by sharing the hummus appetizer. We dipped warm, fluffy pita into the rich, creamy Mediterranean spread. For the second course, Thermos decided to venture off from her usual, the Lobster Mac & Cheese. Instead, she ordered the Mushroom Flatbread that has melted goat cheese and bits of pancetta mixed in with the sautéed mushrooms. It was rich in taste and quality, a definite two thumbs up.

Katzman stuck with her all-time favorite, the Margherita Flatbread, which is a savory blend of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. The flavor of this ‘gourmet pizza’ is unbelievable… we would know, we get it every time! Whether you go for a date night, dinner with friends, or to enjoy Happy Hour your taste buds will thank you! If you would like to take a better look at their menu or make a reservation, check out their website at cuveewesthartford.com. We hope your experience will be as enjoyable as ours was!

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