Thursday, January 29, 2015

Full Blossom

Popular pop-up Bloom Bento lands in Ballard


Kickstarter has launched a videogame consolebadass watch, and even a documentary about Kickstarter.

But earlier this year, chef Jason Harris used it to fund Bloom Bento, his pop-up farm-to-table Japanese lunch concept. Then it did so well that he used Kickstarter again to fund a whole damn restaurant.

Bloom's brick and mortar spot is now open, proving the internet isn't just magic and cats, she's a giver, too.

Because armed with internet funds and the space of a former French bistro, Harris is now putting out some of the summer's top plates including crispy, salty fried smelt, a rich butabara (that's slow-cooked Japanese pork belly), and exceptionally savory and flavorful bowls of ramen.

And they've brought the year-round favorites that the lunches made popular, especially roasted Draper Valley chicken marinated overnight in an umami-heavy fermented rice paste.

Expect the menu to constantly change, as freshness is key here. Harris plans each day's menu around what he can get from Maltby Produce and the Ballard Farmer's Market.

Don't be surprised when you see his Kickstarter for improving those, too.

5410 17th Ave NW, Ballard
(206) 706-8080

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 1 (out of 4)
Best bets: Fried smelt; butabara pork belly; Showa ramen
Nearby: Hazlewood; Billy Beach; The Noble Fir

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