We were seated in the patio space and started our meal with some cocktails. I had the Bird Cup, their take on a Pimm's Cup with muddled citrus, cucumber, mint and ginger. Very refreshing and light for a warm summer day. My husband had the Cucumber Jade mocktail with grapefruit juice, honey, lime juice, cucumber and mint. He enjoyed the citrus blend and the cooling effects from the mint and cucumber. Their selection of non-alcoholic drinks is great for those not wishing to imbibe.
My husband started with the Sweet Corn Soup with cilantro and hijiki. I had a taste of this chilled soup and was impressed with the flavors from the sweet corn and mild seaweed. For entree I had the Cold Soba Noodle with silken tofu, cucumber and wakam. This was perfect for me since I was interested in a vegetarian meal that would have a cooling effect. This dish filled the bill. The noodles were light and simple, with good seasoning and I especially loved the added mushrooms and fresh greens. Ever the meat-lover, my son had the Caramel Braised Pork Belly Sandwich with collard greens and pickles. This was a hearty and filling entree that left him satisfied. My husband had the Crispy Chicken Sandwich with napa cole slaw and pickles for entree, and he was also happy with his pick. Although I wasn't able to sneak a bite, he assured me it was delicious. We couldn't resist the Devil’s Food Cake with guayaquil mousse, praline and cardamom ice cream for a shared dessert. The cake was dense, rich and everything a chocolate dessert should be, and the ice cream was a perfect compliment. Service was attentive and kind, catering to our every need.
During the month of July the restaurant was celebrating the Tanabata Star Festival, which is an event that celebrates the annual reunion of star crossed lovers, Orihime and Hikobosh. The lovers are represented by the stars Vega and Altair. According to the myth, the lovers are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, July 7. If you write a wish on a piece of paper and hang it on a tree, the lovers will grant your one wish. Our wish for a lovely meal was definitely granted at Hinoki & the Bird. (Cathy)