If a simple Brownie Sundae was this bad, then I can't even imagine what dinner would be like at Bravo Cucina.
Actually, I can guess, since Bravo Cucina is on The Promenade.
Is...Is that...Is that prejudice?!?!
At places where the food ends up being disappointing (or a "travesty," as it were), at the very least, you can enjoy dessert. Dessert is, for fox ache, dessert. Certainly dessert has the potential to be disappointing if the expectations are high. For example, at a restaurant that has a named pastry chef, or the desserts cost as much as an entree, then you should expect a fucking flavorgasm. You might be disappointed by the Lavendar and Plum Crostata with Creme Fraiche and Black Pepper Gelato that tastes like Prune Pie a la Mode. But in most cases, dessert is still just dessert and it's going to taste good.
Not so at Bravo Cucina.
Oh, alright, so Bravo Cucina's Brownie Sundae wasn't inedible (didn't I just say "dessert is still dessert?") but the service surrounding it and the surroundings surrounding it were atrocious. Service was so slow that from the drooping mess of a sundae that came to our table, it was clear that our server had just let the order sit in the kitchen for much longer than necessary before bringing it out. Had it been an obviously busy night, I would have been more forgiving, but the interior dining room was virtually empty, and the patio where we were seated was only half full. Our server was inattentive, and when she actually did pay us some face-time, she was rude and forgetful. We had to ask for napkins twice.
The surroundings were no better, though that is not necessarily the fault of the restaurant. However, it is a characteristic of the restaurant's location on 3rd Street Promenade. The clientele is sketchy, and by sketchy, I mean young, sleazy, loud, and all-around obnoxious.
I am not talking about myself. I know. I am loud and obnoxious, but that is precisely the point. Imagine. If they were louder and more obnxious than me, it was pretty bad.
I daren't do dinner at Bravo Cucina.
1319 Third St Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401