I visit Bainbridge Island several times a year as my parents live there. Last summer, I heard of an area called Pleasant Beach Village and started following their Instagram feed. When they posted a picture of black trumpet mushrooms for their risotto, my foodie senses went into high gear.
In February, I got my chance to dine at the Manor House. The food was delicious, beautifully presented, and we had stellar service. Along with Cafe Nola, it is one of my top favorites places to dine on Bainbridge Island.
Foodie Friday: The Manor House on Bainbridge Island
For an appetizer, we started off with asparagus fried in a light tempura with miso, hazelnuts, and fried shallots. This item wasn’t on the regular menu, and from its description I wasn’t sure of the ingredient combination, but the dish was the perfect starter, light and refreshing and well balanced.
The mushroom risotto was creamy and earthy, and loaded with lots of mushrooms, including oyster mushrooms―my favorite―and I added on bavette steak.
When our server described the toffee caramel cake made with pureed dates my interest was piqued. Dates are not something I eat a lot of, and I was pleasantly surprised how they gave the cake a spiced caramel molasses flavor. It made me rethink about how unfamiliar ingredients can enhance flavor profiles and also be a healthier sweet tooth option.
Specials: Mid-week is Wine & Dine Wednesdays from 5-10 p.m., and bottles of wine from a select list are half off with an entree purchase. There is also live music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. During the month of April, they have a 3 for $30 menu on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
The history of the Manor House dates back to the 1898 Olson homestead, and the building was once a home. We dined in the former library, which was cozy and warm with lots of wooden embellishments. The Pleasant Beach Village area is also part of the original homestead property and has an inn, shops, a historic movie theater, a cafe, restaurants (pizza and burgers), a wine bar, and a bakery.
Where: 4611 Woodson Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, Wa.
What: Dinner (Fine Dining)
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 5-9 p.m., and Friday to Saturday: 5-10 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.
Want to Try: Bacon Wrapped Dates ($2 ea.), poached salmon with a butternut squash mash, green beans, and a cider beurre blanc ($32), and smoked half chicken with leek bread pudding, sauteed spinach and mushroom sauce ($26)
Service: 4 stars