Restaurant notes: Blind Pig reviewed, new Louisa’s menu and more

New menus, new review, new baby and more from Eastlake’s restaurant scene:

BLIND PIG REVIEW – The Seattle Times’ restaurant critic, Providence Cicero, wrote a glowing review of Blind Pig Bistro, 2238 Eastlake Ave. E., in the Feb. 17 edition of the paper.

Cicero praised chef Charles Walpole’s cooking and singled out several menu items that she hopes “never get erased” from the restaurant’s menu chalkboard. Those items included a “raw Fat Bastard oyster sprinkled with icy granules of grapefruit and pimenton” and a hamachi crudo.

From Cicero’s review:

Walpole makes imaginative use of winter produce. Roasted kale and radish bulk up fluffy quinoa: a cool salad with a warm poached-egg topper and the salty crunch of fried capers in every compelling bite. Golden beets, blood oranges, sorrel and fennel deliver sweet, acid, grass and crunch in splendid unison.

Blind Pig tweets the nightly menu @blindpigseattle and they’re also on Facebook and the web.

NEW MENU AT LOUISA’S – Alcena Plum, owner/chef at Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, 2379 Eastlake Ave. E., unveiled a new menu on Feb. 6. The restaurant is now serving breakfast until 3 p.m. daily.

In addition, Plum says she’s done “an entire overhaul to our breakfast/lunch menu, going back our Southern Comfort style roots. That means old-fashioned brunch favorites that even a Northerner could fall in lurve with.” Check out the new menus here.

Plum says on her blog that this is just the first of several changes at Louisa’s.

TWO EVENTS AT SERAFINA – Serafina, 2043 Eastlake Ave. E., has two events coming up:

  • Neo Classic: A Modern Approach to Classic Cocktails, 3 p.m., Feb. 25: Jay Sambar shows how to use classic cocktail recipes as a starting point for creativity at the bar. Cost is $60.
  • The Secret to Gnocchi, 1 p.m., March 3: Chef Brian Clevenger teaches you all the tricks to mastering this classic Italian dish. Cost is $65.

For more information and to reserve a place at either event, check Serafina’s website or call at 206-323-0807.

COMFORT CLASSICS AT EASTLAKE BAR AND GRILL: The special menu in March at Eastlake Bar and Grill, 2947 Eastlake Ave. E. will focus on Comfort Classics. The menu for the two-course meal will change weekly and will feature items such as fried chicken, brisket, spaghetti carbonara, meatloaf and more. Cost is $13.

NEW BABY FOR CHEF TAICHI: Chef Taichi Kitamura of Sushi Kappo Tamura, is the proud father of a baby girl, Tamie, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. Congratulations!