Yum yum in my tum tum, yup the hype is well deserved! Bread + Butter, located next to Shokudo and where Angelo Pietro used to be is just what the doctor ordered. Great food, casual yet friendly atmosphere, eager staff, innovative dishes, memorable tastes and free parking - hallelujah!
I know Melissa Chang was initially hesitant to blog about this gem because of fear it would be too popular and develop into a crowded eatery with no place to sit, long lines and a hefty wait, but even with the crowd and the recent popularity (with no advertising whatsoever), this place is still being called the new "it" place to be for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The interesting story about the chef is he is from Argentina he is Japanese, but he doesn't really identify with Japanese cuisine so much as he does pasta, pizza, flavors like mac n cheese and arugula salad. You can tell he has an eclectic palate and I love it! Lets dive in!!!
The place reads like a cafeteria, meets cafe, meets charcuterie/wine bar. This dish is one of the most popular - its the Lobster Mac n Cheese $9.95. This sounds super rich and heavy, but its more like a chowder topped with cheese and filled with a creamy base and lots of lobster chunks. Really good!
I've had squid ink pasta before and it's usually smothered in marinara sauce and you don't get to taste the fresh pasta. This Shrimp Pepperoncino and squid ink pasta was phenomenal and I loved that the shrimp was perfectly cooked. It wasn't hard, gummy or mushy, it was moist, tender and simple seasoned. You could taste every bite and every sprinkle on the pasta, so nice and delicious. $16.95
Peach and Beet salad with arugula and bleu cheese. Nicely done, I never thought to put pear and beet together. It was refreshing and tasty. May have been slightly overdressed, but I love lots of dressing. If you don't perhaps ask for the dressing on the side. Nice, fresh, light salad, large portion too! $12.00
They also have a carefully selected Tapas menu after 3pm, each dish is about $7.00 and they have a fine wine list with some great wines to pair with the unique flavor profiles. Lets GO! Great job Chef Masa and also props to Justin Mizufuka the menu is brilliant and the flavor profiles leave me wanting more!