Sunday, July 11, 2010

Nimbus - Bellingham, WA

Nimbus was walking distance from Rebecca's house so we took it to the streets and walked to the restaurant. Go up, up, up to the 14th floor and you will get this view...

Beautiful! What a fantastic spot to enjoy a meal!

We were famished when we got to the restaurant and just could not wait for our food to come so we ordered some Truffle Fries to start. It was a perfect start! The fries were hot, crispy and salty! What more could you ask for?!

So all three of us decided to do the Tasting menu. Which were 4 courses - oh my! Jennifer and I chose the Chilled Green Gazpacho as our first course. On the bottom of the bowl there were grilled cucumbers, slow roasted tomatoes and sherry gelee. It was refreshing but I didn't have to have it. I focused more on the fries than the gazapho. I think if I am going eat soup, it better be hot!

Rebecca chose the DEvine Garden Organic Greens Salad - complete with ginger vinaigrette, candy ginger and radishes. Did you notice the pretty flower on top?

For Jennifer's second course she selected the B.L.T. Think about 12-Hour Braised Pork Belly, Smoked Tomato Aioli, Tomato Confit, Micro Lettuce, Brioche, Shoestring Potato Chips. Holy mackerel! I tasted it for myself and this was a good order! Go Jennifer!

For my second course I ordered the Yukon Gold Potato and Egg Pavè. Besides the potato and egg it was finished by Piquillo Peppers, Manchego Cheese, Fennel Oil. I would best describe this dish as Au Potatoes Gratin. It was a comforting dish, maybe needed some salt.

Rebecca was adventurous on her 2nd order. She picked Stuffed House Made Tofu in Puff Pastry 5 Spice Braised Tempeh, Wasabi-Pea Puree, Daikon- Enoki Mushroom Salad, Yuzu Vinaigrette. Doesn't that sound interesting?! I didn't try it but she said she enjoyed it.

Main course time! Jennifer ordered the Grilled New Zealand Lamb Loin served on top a bed Beet Couscous, Currant Crème, Fennel Foam, Basil Puree. She ate all of her lamb and only bit of couscous. She enjoyed that her dish came covered in foam! Jennifer is a major fan of cooks who play with foam - remember Marcell from Top Chef Season 2 - Yep, she likes him.

Rebecca and I both chose the Miso-Citrus Glazed Neah Bay Halibut as our main. It was served with Ginger Quinoa, Grilled Rapini, Sea Beans, Sesame Vinaigrette. The ginger quinoa was so tasty. I could really taste the ginger. The sea beans were deep fried and tasted like mushrooms. I am a sea bean fan! The Miso glaze on the fish was tasty as well.

Last course! Rebecca chose the Smores - complete with House Made Marshmallow, Chocolate Sorbet, Graham Crisps, Chocolate Sauce, Smoked Sea Salt. She could only eat half. We were stuffed!

Ok, my last course! I am stuffed at this point... Jennifer and I both chose the Green Tea Panna Cotta served along side Honey Ice Cream, Meyer Lemon Puree, and Ginger Candy. The lemon puree was pretty bitter to me. The Honey Ice Cream was delicious! Notice the Solo Cup they made the Panna Cotta in! Ha ha...

All in all Nimbus was a beautiful experience. The drinks were fun, the company was great and the food was unique. I enjoyed sampling a little of this and a little of that. I was stuffed and glad we were able to walk home. Washington is a beautiful place and really likes to focus on eating clean, I appreciate that. Now I am off to my Uncle's farm, I will learn a lot to take home to become a master gardener!

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