Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Rumblings #4: In the Barrio... of Bellevue?
I ventured out of Seattle for my restaurant week try #4 to the other side of the lake, trying out Barrio in Bellevue. Not the barrio but Barrio, another offering from the Heavy Restaurant Group in the same vein as Purple Cafe and Wine Bar.
Like all of the Purples I've been to, my chief complaint is the noise. Barrio shares a bathroom with Purple in Bellevue, joined by a narrow hallway. The designers for the Heavy Restaurant Group must have a penchant for dark wood, dim lighting, medieval-heavy furniture, high ceilings, large spaces and not enough sound dampening. It is dark but not recommended for a romantic date or first date, unless you are accustomed to yelling at each other. Imagine this:
First date dude: "I like the guacamole here! I grew up in California and there were fresh avocados all of the time. I'm a lucky SOB."
First date gal: "What? You grew up in Cali and there were fresh almost hot hos and you have a sucky STD?"
Jenny and I were lucky to be seated in the back of the restaurant which was a little less busy, further away from the raucous groups so we didn't need to shout at each other. However, we were also seated a little too closely to our neighbors. One couple had ordered the fried hominy which looked delicious and I was incredibly tempted to reach over with my fork and spear a couple of the breaded, fried kernels while they were engaged in conversation. The food was completely within my reach, starting at me with sweet-smelling fried goodness.
Since our reservations were at 7:30pm, we were completely famished after a long day at work and ordered chips and guac on top of our three course restaurant week meal. The chips were fresh and the right balance of light, crispy and not too greasy although in my hungry state, I probably ate like Oliver going at his gruel. Please sir, some more?