The Marketplace Cafe – Redux

It’s been awhile since hubby and I went to the Marketplace Cafe at Nordstrom in the Ala Moana Shopping Center for dinner. Somehow, we seem to gravitate to our faves, our tried and true places. However, hubby was in a mood for something different today. He decided on the Markeplace Cafe that had a special for Restaurant Week 2011 which would benefit the Culinary Institute.

The Marketplace Cafe is an upscale quasi-cafeteria where you can visually see the menu. You pick up your tray, look at the choices, determine what you want to eat, order the item(s), and pay for your meal. You fill your own drinks and seat yourself. Your food will be brought to your table.

I chose the lamb shank ($19.95) with mashed potatoes and asparagus which was the special for Restaurant Week. Hubby got the Tuscan Roast Salmon ($15.95)  with grilled vegetables. For dessert, hubby decided on the snickerdoodle cookie ($2.25) and I order the creme brûlée ($6.50).

The food was great. The lamb shank was tender, flavorful, seasoned perfectly and just melt in your mouth delicious. The asparagus was not overcooked but just a little crunchy, the way I like it. Hubby’s salmon was moist and flavorful. Portions were ample that we had enough for another meal. Dessert was also good, hubby’s cookie was bendable, not crunchy or hard. My creme brûlée was perfect, rich and creamy but crunchy on the top.

Hubby and I enjoyed our meal at the Marketplace Cafe and would encourage you to try it. The food is very good and the service too. Our meal with tip was over $50 for two people which may be one reason we don’t frequent the place often. The Marketplace is an upscale cafeteria/coffee shop in a department store. It’s nice but it doesn’t have a spectacular view or ambiance.