Last weekend our usual dining group decided to give Braise Restaurant, located on Second Street just south of downtown, a shot for dinner. I had heard the reviews about Braise for some time and unfortunately had not made the time to stop over for a meal. Well, it turns out that I was missing out on one of the best restaurants in the city. Yes, one of the best restaurants in Milwaukee.
This place has it all. A great story, a friendly staff, a terrific atmosphere, and high quality food. So, if that isn’t what you are looking for in a restaurant, I don’t know what else to tell you.
We started at the bar and were amazed at how much emphasis this place put on local ingredients. Even when we ordered drinks, we were informed that our liqour of choice was not carried, but rather a local distillery was served instead. For us, that was no problem at all. It was at that point that I realized the “eat local” theme that this restaurant advertised was real. This was not some gimmick.
Typically at BrewTownEats we give a brief snapshot of the menu. However, at Braise, the menu changes almost daily. Now, I am sure there are some staples, but the menu is dependent upon local ingredients. Whatever is available, that is what the kitchen uses to put together the menu. This ensures that even if you visit this place often, you will always be able to try something new.
We went with a round of appetizers. Braise offers a formal appetizer section and small plate section on their menu. All are the perfect size for shared appetizers. Also, if you are looking to spend some time and try a number of different options, your group could order a whole bunch of these as a meal. We tried three small plates. There was a sausage plate with crostini, a cheese plate and a pork bun plate. Everything was cooked to perfection and the perfect size for sharing. These will run you about $8-$12 a plate, but you will receive a tremendous amount of food and all of these are cooked with extreme expertise.
For our dinner, we went with the large plates. Pork and Chicken were ordered and once again flawlessly prepared. The grilled chicken was served with a side of potato that could have been its own meal. The pork was also very well prepared and definitely something worth trying should it be on the menu during your visit. The entrees will run between $24-28. For fresh ingredients and incredible quality, this almost feels like a steal.
We had to try dessert and our table split the Pistachio Cake and the Creme Brulee. Both were the perfect way to end the meal. They will typically run between $7-$9.
The service throughout the night was fantastic. From the time we entered the restaurant we knew that we were in good hands. It is abundantly clear that everyone who works at the restaurant knows the mission and is excited about the establishment. They are not just “towing the company line.” I felt as though it was their mission to ensure our meal was as enjoyable as possible.
Braise Restaurant surpassed all my expectations and my only disappointment from the night was that I had not tried this place out sooner.