I’m rather Seattle-centric in my restaurant choices, I know. Not that there aren’t fantastic restaurants outside the city limits – two great (and very different) meals come to mind, one at Ka Won in Lynnwood and one at Café Juanita in Kirkland. It’s just that Seattle is practically bursting with great food so I don’t always feel pushed to explore. It’s a good thing, then, that occasionally I’ll have a friend who lives rather far afield and I think about what might make for an interesting meal in their neck of the woods.
Such was the case with a recent visit to Preservation Kitchen in Bothell. This choice actually seemed to be a case of the stars aligning: Somewhere in my travels I had read about the restaurant and put it on my list of places to try, and then when my pal up north suggested getting together for brunch this presented itself as the perfect location.
Preservation Kitchen is on a very busy stretch of Bothell Way, but you’re quite removed from all of the traffic noise once you turn into the parking lot (now THERE is a reason to dine outside in the suburbs!), and make your way up the slope to the restaurant itself. The converted house is perched up in the trees and set amongst lovely landscaping, so it feels like a temporary respite from the bustle of the city. Once inside, the sage colored walls, dark plank wood floors, and the small rooms of the original house all make for a warm interior.
One of my favorite parts of the menu was the section titled “Good Morning from Our Bar,” which made me feel a bit like I was being welcomed personally by the Bloody Mary, French 75, and Grand Mimosa listed there. Splendid.
As for the food, I thought that the omelet with house smoked salmon, tomato, red onion, capers, and manchego cheese was one of the best I’ve had in ages, likely due to the perfectly tangy white wine tomato sauce. I also was a fan of the small-cut (and thus more crispy overall) Yukon potato hash, and this deliciously fluffy house-made biscuit. The Zoe’s prosciutto and fried duck egg with house-made crostini and organic tarragon was nicely salty, though the crostini was a bit crusty and thus didn’t make for easy biting. A petite plate, too; not one for the hungry of belly. Overall, a delicious brunch and worth the jaunt to Bothell…