Saturday, July 16, 2005

A Few Bainbridge Restaurants

A few quick Bainbridge restaurant notes:

Cafe Nola: pretty good casual spot, with a very pleasant interior. Recently the lunch menu seems to have dropped anything that requires actual real-time skill to cook, leaving sandwiches, soups, and salads. The sandwiches are mostly pretty good. Dinner is a bit more elaborate. The kitchen can sometimes swing-and-miss, but it's usually done well. Here's Debbie's Focaccia Rosti with portobello mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and goat cheese:


Shima Garden Sushi is a Japanese restaurant that opened this year. They use organic ingredients, and have some interesting takes on sushi. They use a mix of white and purple rice ("heathier and pretty!" said the waitress) in the sushi, which gives it a lavender color. They make interesting vegetable sushi out of things like kabocha squash. And, they make the best sumonomo seafood salad we've ever tried: three kinds of seaweed (including pink seaweed), cucumbers, and a huge pile of crabmeat:


We ate at Isla Bonita on Winslow Way, which serves decent Mexican food. I had a plate of machaca, and it was not bad. Debbie had the tortilla soup, which was not very inspired. We also ate at San Carlos on Madison, which does its own interpretation of Mexican cuisine, and does it pretty well. A few months ago we tried Casa Rojas, which I thought was sub-par.