I had to do a double take. Was this Capers Downtown? Or the new restaurant Seven-Oh-One? It seems the answer is – both. Sort of.
The same: The pastry display case that doubles as an ordering counter. The chef, as well as a lunchtime menu of interesting salads and sandwiches. Pretty, modern looking decor. The view of the old Tacoma City Hall from the window seats.
Different: The name, and the owner. Dinner service Wednesday through Saturday nights. And cocktails. $3 martinis, to be exact. Oh, and $8 bottles of wine with dinner on Wednesday nights. Did I mention the half-price menu on Thursday nights?
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Pictured here: The Chinese chicken salad at Seven-Oh-One. Photo by Craig Sailor/The News Tribune
Capers – err, I mean Seven-Oh-One – is one of those places that people who lunch downtown should covet. The greens in the salads have the crunch of produce that came in fresh that morning. Sandwich rolls taste as if they've had no shelf time. The kitchen is careful to layer ingredients on a plate – for both taste and presentation. It's a restaurant where a diner leaves with the distinct impression that someone who cares about what they're doing is tending the kitchen.
Case in point: The Chinese chicken salad. Seven-Oh-One's version crushes what an ordinary restaurant may serve for the same $8.99 price. You know the salad I'm talking about – the one where the typical cabbage is tossed with a flat vinaigrette and you're lucky if you get a few wedges of (canned) mandarin oranges for flavor. At Seven-Oh-One, the salad comes in tower form. It's as pretty to look at as it is enjoyable to dig into layers of crisp Napa cabbage, delicate spinach leaves, tender chunks of shredded chicken breast, strips of juicy, sweet red pepper, pungent slices of red onion, crunchy bits of celery, toasted, slivered almonds and nutty bursts of black sesame seeds– all dressed up with a gingery sesame vinaigrette and topped with a tangle of cilantro. That's seriously good lunching.
We asked about late night at Seven-Oh-One and our server waxed about the Thursday deal that sounds too good to pass on – a half priced menu in the evening. And Wednesdays are the night for dining with wining – bottles are all $8 with the purchase of dinner. And the menu of $3 martinis comes in 23 flavors. Make mine gin, please. You can choose from vodka, watermelon, peach, key lime and lemon.
Anyone been for dinner? The rack of lamb ($20.99) with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables seems tempting, as does the Island Pork Tenderloin ($17.99) with coconut rice.
If you visit, please report back your findings.
Where: 701 Pacific Aven.
Hours: Lunch served 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays. Dinner served 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays and 5:30 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays.
Contact: 253-272-2240 or www.thesevenohone.com (web site is under construction)