bin on the lake (pronounced "bottle," we think), formerly known as bin Vivant, has moved upstairs into the Woodmark Hotel space vacated by Yarrow Bay Grill. It remains a lively and welcoming wine bar, with a limited restaurant menu, under chef Scottt Lents, that avoids the cutesy multiple-choice feel of Lisa Nakamura's original concept. (We wrote about bin Vivant here on Cornichon shortly after it opened last year.)
Bin on the Lake (damned if we'll put up with their self-conscious typography!) has 80 wines by the glass in one-, three-, and six-ounce pours, while the kitchen turns out small plates and bite platters for sharing, large plates, and meal-specific “botl burgers” (American kobe served on toasted brioche with an egg at breakfast, classic at lunch, gourmet embellished at night, about $15).
Twice-daily wine-time happy hours include half off many items (baby back ribs, smoked beef brisket sliders). In the works: a "spin the botl" night and additional "binnovative" events.
The strength, as before, is in the wine list, which ranges from Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc for $58 to Chateau Pichon Lalande's 1996 bottling for $600. As one might expect, local wines are well-represented.
Yup, bin there, drank that.
Bin on the Lake, 1270 Carillon Point in the Woodmark Hotel, Kirkland, 425 803-5595
Posted by Ronald Holden at September 30, 2009 9:16 AM