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Hitchcock, Bainbridge Island- Brunch review


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Hitchcock, Bainbridge Island- Brunch review

Falchas | | Sep 13, 2010 10:47 AM

I've been trying to find if anyone has done a dinner review of Hitchcock on Bainbridge. Looking at the recent posts for Kitsap eats board, no seems to have mentioned it. Anyhow, new restaurant on Winslow (I want to say they opened in the spring). We went for brunch a few weeks ago and would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a relaxing weekend breakfast.
The food:
We started with some decent bloody marys. I like mine a little spicier, but they hit the spot. I admired the understated garnished (just a few olives). I have to say, when I see more garnishes than drink in a drink, I get suspicious. Bloody mary garnishes have gotten out of control! But I digress. I had the caramelized onion, Serrano ham, gruyere omelette. Perfectly cooked. Hearty and generous with the filling. My husband was happy to assist me with the abundance of onions and ham falling out. But the real treasure on my plate were the roasted potatoes. There is something wonderful when a kitchen can take a simple item that you have had a million times and make it taste new. These had the perfect amount of crisp. Each bite was a perfect combination on potato, olive oil, salt and pepper. Simple and roasted beautifully. My hubs had the french toast with straw-rhubarb compote. This was probably the best FT I've had. Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside. Just like you hear how FT should be, but can't ever seem to achieve it. One word of warning to (like my husband) maple syrup addicts out there, when they say it come with compote... that is what you get. Granted, it was delicious and went beautifully with the FT, however, if you are looking for butter and syrup slathered FT, this is not it. Our waiter nicely brought more compote was not at all snotty when my hubs asked after syrup. Husband also ordered the housemade sausage, perfectly cooked and seasoned. Again, FT and omelettes done well remind me why simple foods become staples of cuisine.
I like what they have done with the space. This was previously a really cramped Italian restaurant. I couldn't tell you what exactly they have done to change it, but it felt much more open. Lots of light from the windows in the front, dark wood and a nice combo of tables a booths with a small bar. We sat in the back where it was quiet and we had a nice view of the open kitchen. The music was interesting; classic rock... not my usual choice for a Sunday morning, but for some reason it worked here.
Comparable to what we pay at Streamliner and MorMor, our usual brunch spots. Not a cheap breakfast, but not unreasonable.
This was the only strange thing about our visit. While we had no complaints about the speed of service, the friendliness was a tad lacking. Maybe our waiter was having an off day. At the end of the meal, we noticed that we hadn't been charged for the side of sausage. When someone puts this much effort into a meal, I want to pay what is due! When we mentioned it, he seemed almost irritated that we went the honest route. I do want to mention that we had someone from the kitchen stop by to ask how everything was, very appreciated.
Over all, we had a good experience and we are looking forward to making it back for dinner.