Archive for August, 2008

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Old Mill Martini Bar Restaurant Review 9.2

August 20, 2008

Martini Bar, Yellowfin Tuna

Bend’s best kept secret! Posh food, hidden in an upscale bar. The entrance is hidden on the north side of the Old Mill Saxon’s Jeweler building. You go up the discrete stairwell (or elevator) to enter the bar/restaurant. The 3rd floor is available for private events (will be again after they rebuild from the recent fire), the 2nd (main) floor has a bar area as well as a few nooks & patio with beautiful views. The look & feel is posh & modern with a touch of the brick from the Old Mill.

I invite friends to dinner her, they say “the bar? Shouldn’t we go out to dinner first?” Few people know they have food of this caliber. I have yet to find something that I would not have again. You really can’t go wrong with anything here (at least nothing I have tried). The descriptions from the menu make my mouth water & don’t do them justice. The portions are perfect, I never leave hungry but I am an inch away from licking my plate clean.

This is my favorite food in Bend. I have tried many items off the menu but my favorite is the seared scallops, my husband and daughter’s favorite is the sea bass. The bass is so soft & smooth, your fork glides through it like softened butter, the flavor is impossible to describe, it is amazing. The scallops plate has so many flavors that compliment one another, the risotto is almost as good as the scallops.

The food is spectacular & way under priced for the quality & flavor. The drinks are great but pricey. The website only shows the downtown location but is a great resource for mixed drink recipes. The food is always consistent but the service can vary, typically you are served like you’re in a bar & not dining out. Get you with the food, keep you with the drinks. I rarely drink when I come because I want to savor the food

Seared Scallops – Mango glaze, caramelized onion, napa cabbage, sliced pear, butternut squash, risotto, pomegranate syrup $24

Sea Bass Bene wafer crusted, winter vegetble medley, chef’s risotto, Walla Walla sweet onion cream sauce $25.5

Yellowfin Tuna – Togaraashi encrusted, wasabi potato egg roll, chili ginger soy dipping sauce with arugula frisee salad, warm tofu & goat cheese crouton. $23

Chimichurri Trip-Tip Grilled tri-tip, black beans & rice, roasted corn medallions, chive butter $13.5 (small plate)

Asain Beauty Bloody Mary – Mazama Infused Pepper Vodka, tomato juice, soy and ginger reduction wasabi, Demetri’s Bloody Mary Spice Blend, Sriracha Pepper Sauce, Cholula Pepper Sauce, cucumber, green onion $8.50

UPDATE:  The Old Mill location has closed.  They still have a downtown location but they don’t serve the same food.

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 10
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 10
Service: 7
Atmosphere: 9
Value: 10

(note the above value rating is based on the food)

The Old Mill Martini Bar
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
360 SW Powerhouse Dr Bend, OR
541-389-490
N 44° 2.800′ W 121° 18.871′
http://www.bendistillery.com

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Tony’s Delicatessen Restaurant Review 8.0

August 20, 2008

Tony's Delicatessen, Corn Chowder

Where have all the delis gone?  Tony’s Delicatessen is not a new idea but a long forgotten one that needed a revival.  Fresh meats & cheeses in the deli case, fresh calzones & lasagnas to go, sandwiches made to order, plus more.   Eat in or take out.   I asked if onions could be grilled & he said I can have him make it any way I want.  He didn’t even try to charge extra!   This is not the case with many restaurants.

We have been looking forward to the opening of Tony’s Delicatessen, we go to blockbuster for the movie pass all the time.  Pick up a movie & now a sandwich, yum.   When we finally had the opportunity to come in we were greeted warmly.  We asked for a recommendation & he said Mario’s Meatball is a favorite.

They all looked good to me so my husband chose The Beast for us to split.  It was served on Rye bread with a HUGE helping of meat, the meat was mostly in the center so I had to readjust a little.  The quality of the ingredients was very good.

Sandwiches come with your choice of potato salad, cole slaw or pasta salad.  I chose the cole slaw, it was a little wilted looking but very infused with flavor.  I would have made it slightly stronger in flavor but I like it strong.  A hint of a sweet & sour flavor to the cole slaw.  The cole slaw has a lot less mayo than most places, a little mayo goes a long way.

There is also a build your own form that you can fill out.   This is nice if you are craving a homemade sandwich made just the way you want it without the work or mess of making it.

Our daughter had the lasagna which comes with steamed vegetables.   She didn’t let me taste her lasagna but she did share her veggies (you’re not surprised?).  I don’t typically go for vegetables but I will eat them because you should.   These were steamed & seasoned with herbs & butter, just writing this post has me craving them.

My husband loves and keep going back for the Corn Chowder.  He finishes the bowl in 1 sitting.  I take half of mine to go & have a cookie for desert.  I usually like strong bold flavor, this one is a little light for me but I know several people that like a more neutral flavor.  Either I got really lucky or these are the best chewy cookies around, white chocolate macadamia nut with coconut and a hint of lemon.

Half Sandwich about $5
Whole Sandwich about $9
Lasagna about $8
Calzone to go about $8

A little pricey for a sandwich but service with a smile & a convenient location, I will be back, just not as often as I would like.

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 8
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 7
Service: 10
Atmosphere: 8
Value:7

320 S.W. Century Dr., Suite 410, Bend, Oregon
541-647-1653
N 44° 2.791′ W 121° 19.845′
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