Tom Douglas’ new restaurant allows customers to dine on their own terms, according to Nordstrom vice president of restaurant operations, Vincent Rossetti. Each guest starts by choosing between a bento box, rice bowl or salad, and then adding rice, vegetable and a main like sockeye salmon and seared tofu. The menu also includes beverages and alcohol like Japanese sodas, iced coffees, wine, beer and sake slushies. Meals are priced ranging from $15 for seared tofu to $18 for teriyaki skirt steak.
Seating up to 70 people, Department Bento was designed by Seattle-based Graham Baba Architects. Featured throughout the restaurant are custom watercolor wall graphics by Acrylicize, an international artist group.
Nordstrom Bellevue also has other food and beverage options, such as; Espresso bar, Ebar, Marketplace Cafe and Habitant. The most recent addition, Habitant, a lounge offering cocktails and food, opened back in 2013.
This is the first partnership for Tom Douglas outside of the city of Seattle. Nordstrom has had in-store restaurants for over 35 years, and hopes that this bento-style restaurant is a great addition to their current portfolio of eateries.