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Tower Bridge Bistro Restaurant Review by Kristen & Guy

She Said

Let’s begin this culinary journey by taking everything you currently think about a hotel restaurant and tossing it out the kitchen window. Tower Bridge Bistro may be housed inside a (very upscale and brand new) hotel right next to Old Sacramento, but it could very well be mistaken for one of the swanky new downtown eateries that have become so popular.

To back up a bit, the “Bistro” as I'll call it, has been around just under five years. It's on the ground floor of the beautiful, new Embassy Suites hotel, which is just across the river from Raley Field. In fact, from their sprawling outside patio you can watch boats cruise under the Tower Bridge and see the train journey into Old Sacramento. Bikers and runners spot the trail alongside the outdoor patio, and the occasional athlete may be seen strolling through the lobby. The Embassy Suites houses visiting family members, players, and opponents of the Rivercats as well as the Sacramento Kings.

But onto the food … our meal started with the honey poached apple and sea scallop. I say our because Guy insisted on sharing it with me. It was a fabulous combination of presentation and delectable flavor that undoubtedly would have impressed the most fastidious of diners. The apple, scallop and sweet and savory port wine reduction sauce were a perfect combination.

The entrée options ranged from seared duck to surf & turf and rotisserie chicken. I finally settled on the asian seared ahi, which came with an amazing herb risotto and a very light citrus vinaigrette. In my mind, the key to a well-seared piece of fish is how easily the fork can cut it; this one sailed through.

In a stroke of genius, I offered to bring my boyfriend dinner from the Bistro, which meant I was able to try a second entrée (brilliant, aren’t I)? I ordered him the Chicken Cordon Bleu with mashed potatoes. We both agreed—hands down, this was best chicken cordon bleu we’d ever tasted. No joke.

Kudos to Chef Roy. We’ll be back … and next time I’m going for the Champagne brunch!

He Said

As much as I would like to think that I know everything about Sacramento, I have to admit there are a few nooks and crannies that I’ve never explored or experienced before. One of those nooks just happens to be the awesome restaurant, Tower Bridge Bistro, inside the Embassy Suites Hotel, which is located on the edge of historic Old Sacramento overlooking the sparkling Sacramento River.

Part of the fun of visiting the restaurant is making your way through the gorgeous, soaring lobby of the hotel. With its statuesque fountains and quiet elegance, it makes quite an impression.

The location of Tower Bridge Bistro couldn’t be better. The beautiful view through the windows to the river was almost enough to draw my attention away from my lovely dinner companion Kristen Simoes.

The choices on the menu are extensive and creative without being fussy. I was happy to discover a good selection of pasta dishes. Kristen and I ordered appetizers: The honey poached apple and sea scallop for her and the pan seared crab cakes for me (or should I say crab cake—Kristen wasn’t shy about helping herself to my plate.) Despite the multiple sandwiches and pizzas to choose from, I decided to go with the grilled chicken penne with brussel sprouts, broccoli, saffron potatoes in a lemon cream. It was delicious and I happily cleaned my plate.

For dessert, Kristen and I decided to share the crème brulee. It was a case of “dueling spoons”… but when it comes to sweets, we’re both quite competitive.

I measure whether or not my experience at a restaurant is successful by this simple question: Would I go back? The answer? A resounding “yes!” I’m already making plans to return for their Sunday Brunch. My hat is off to Tower Bridge Bistro’s wonderful and attentive staff and especially to Chef Roy (who to Kristen’s surprise, can make even a brussel sprout taste wonderful!) To paraphrase our governor: “We’ll be back!”

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