A Caprice Kitchen

Written by on September 5, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(capricekitchen.com) – Ballard
How I heard of this place: My friend Brandon first told me about A Caprice a year (or more) ago! It took so long for me to try it because firstly, I was unsure of the exact location. Secondly, it was challenging to get another to join me on the culinary venture. Thirdly, the location was slightly out of the way…until now.
Type of cuisine: The premise behind the menu at A Caprice is to utilize the seasonal harvests of Washington’s small farms. Supporting the local farmers encourages the Kitchen to be more creative with their menu options. The goal of A Caprice is to “offer…guests an experience that just might be as wholesome and home-some as it is whimsical.”
Ambiance: The small space in residential Ballard is bright and warm. Seven tables offer seating for either two or four (or more when tables are pushed together), while a small bar space serves an additional five patrons. Brightly colored photography graces the walls on either side, perpendicular to the front, where large windows open up to the outside. The space is active, full and most often requires a wait before parties are seated. A chalkboard on the backwall offers announcements for upcoming events and culinary adventures. Each table is decorated with a small, glass milk jug of wild flowers and a printed menu of the seasonal items (which farms and locations items on the menu are from). Food aromas permeate the air as you open the door to a full space of happy patrons, eating with whimsy.
What I ordered: Having reviewed the menu prior to heading out, I knew what items I would recommend to my dining companion. The Souffled Omelette with Roast Potatoes and Baguette ($11) was highly recommended by Brandon, but my dining companion and I felt compelled to go with the other two recommendations I had; leaving one thing on the menu for which I must return. We selected the bacon skillet ($13): a sautee of roast potatoes, onions, beets, carrots, mixed greens and bacon ends, topped with white cheddar cheese and two eggs (scrambled). An additional side of two slices of crispy, maple-cured bacon ($4) were a must at this table! We were set to order one more dish: the Baked Caramel Pancake with thinly sliced pear ($10) served with maple syrup; when I placed the order, however, I was asked quizzically if we were going to just order one. So, we ended up with one Dutch baby each, and shared the skillet. My dining companion also ordered a cup of regular, drip coffee, black ($2.50).
What I loved: While everything tasted amazing and warrants a return trip, I found that the caramelized pears on the light Dutch baby (pancake) was perfect. So perfect, in fact, that no maple syrup was needed…but it was added, nonetheless. The bacon was crispy to the point of being burnt (just the way I like it). The skillet potatoes were soft and delicately seasoned, and the fresh greens plentiful.
Why I loved it: The ambiance at A Caprice Kitchen is cozy and quaint and the food well worth the wait.
Cost: Average to high ($10-$15 for small – comparatively – breakfast entrees)

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