ATMOSPHERE: This is a glistening little gem of a restaurant with décor both elegant and innovative. Shiny black chandeliers, several baroque-style mirrors, and the unique touch of birch trunks lining the support columns create a feast for the eyes. A sparkling marble bar with a comfortable alcove beyond it for small private groups adds to the stylish atmosphere. Even the bathroom was a delight with its hand-painted walls, subway tiles and a ceiling so unique, you’ll just have to visit it yourself. The overall space is not large but tables are perfectly arranged for privacy and comfort for groups of all sizes. I especially loved the red-and-black leather benches and can’t wait to go back for a drink at the sleek bar overhung with a gorgeous chandelier.
FOOD: The innovative food truly matched the innovative décor. I could hardly believe the wide variety of items on the menu as well as the many unique offerings! On an early Saturday afternoon, we had our choice of brunch or lunch with many amazing choices. I ordered the veggie omelet which came with black beans, a house-made tortilla, fingerling potatoes, fried plantain, and a wonderful creamy cheese condiment called quesa fresco. Delightful! Others in my group had luncheon specials of soup and a sandwich, but these were no ordinary offerings! The shrimp dumpling saffron soup served with fresh mint and homemade dumplings was simply to die for. The chicken soup was flavorful and thick with huge chunks of vegetable and chicken and could have been a meal on its own. Paired with a pork panini sandwich which included roasted peppers, Portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions and melted fontina cheese, we couldn’t believe we were eating in downtown East Greenwich. These luncheon specials were very reasonably priced as well. Add in a large peach Sangria (for just $5!) and a mango smoothie for the young person in our group and we were in dining nirvana.
With these exquisite and unusual entrees, we simply had to try dessert. I ordered my favorite dining out dessert: a crème brulee which came perfectly prepared with side dollops of fresh whipped cream. We also shared a light and airy tiramisu which did not disappoint. Remember that these are just some of the brunch and luncheon items. They also serve high tea, a variety of tapas, and an extensive and extraordinary dinner menu. I actually counted 32 entrees on the dinner menu and each one sounded enticing. Perhaps it will be Caribbean swordfish with mango chutney, Spanish rice and cucumber salad for my return visit, which I am already planning.
SERVICE: I was a little surprised that there was just one waiter on duty, but he provided perfect service, attentive, polite and never overbearing, from beginning to end.
CLEANLINESS: Beyond clean, Besos simply glows.
Innovative and unique with something for everyone
Attentive and polite
Varies greatly but overall quite affordable
Would Mystery Diner eat here again?
She can’t wait to go back!