Daily Dining News: Cafe Americain & Kathmandu Kitchen Reviewed, More on TreyBCakes
March 21, 2011
I've never eaten at Cafe Americain, the caviar-based restaurant in Old Sac. I've always thought it's too expensive of a restaurant to try on a whim. I'm not a caviar aficionado, but based on the Sac Bee restaurant critic's review of the place this weekend, I may have to add it to my list of restaurants to try:
Yes, Café Americain is an inspiration. And yes, one could also conclude that it is trying to do too much with too little. It has no star chef and team of helpers, only an earnest owner with enthusiasm, some great ideas and little to no restaurant experience to pull it all together.
Though the experience of dining here could be smoother and more seamless, the overall ideas and execution in the kitchen made our visits a pleasure – with one glaring exception.
We enjoyed enough new and uncommon dishes to recommend this restaurant for those who enjoy adventurous dining that mixes mainstream cooking with alternative approaches. It's also a must for folks who want to dabble in the raw food movement.
Read Blair Anthony Robertson's entire review in the Sac Bee. Photo via cafeamericain.info.
Tip: You can often find coupons for Cafe Americain at Restaurants.com.
Midtown’s new Sweet Street - L Street is the new Sweet Street, now that TreyBcakes (180l L Street) has moved in and opened between Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates and Yogurtagogo. You shouldn’t be concerned, though, about going in and seeing more of the same. “We were careful not to have anything that crossed over on either [Ginger Elizabeth’s or Yogurtagogo’s] menus,” explained owner Trey Luzzi. Garrett McCord in Sac News & Review.
Kathmandu Kitchen: Himalayan remodel - Service, by day and by night, is pleasantly attentive but never intrusive. Despite SN&R’s visionary readers giving Kathmandu the nod as 2010’s best Indian restaurant, Bombay Bar & Grill still scores higher here, but Kathmandu moves into second. Greg Lucas in Sac News & Review.
Night Life: Serious happy hour deals at Sweetwater - Sweetwater Bar and Restaurant is open and airy, bright and warm. It oozes with the midtown neighborhood vibe, and you'd need pretty terrible timing to arrive when they aren't offering some seriously good deals. Casey Mar in the Sac Bee.
Show goes on at Ace of Spades - Ace of Spades music club recently got its liquor license under limited hours following area residents' concerns about possible problems. On March 3, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) transferred a liquor license to the club, which opened in early February at 1417 R St. The license was transferred from Empire Events, a nightclub operated there by the building's owner, Randy Paragary, and partners from 2004 until February 2010. Suzanne Hurt in Sac Press.