Bistro N in Nordstrom at Town Center: Review

We recently had a great lunch at Bistro N, a restaurant inside the Nordstrom store at Town Center Mall. The restaurant entrance (above) is on the second floor on one side of the shopping area.
Inside it’s spacious and they fill the tables up with customers.
We started with the Bleu Cheese and Pear Salad. It was excellent, with a variety of ingredients that all had distinct flavors with none overpowering the others. The candied pecans did stand out a bit.
Please note that I did not have my good camera with me so the pictures do not do the food justice.
For entrees one of us had the Chicken with Angel Hair. This was also excellent and came with plum tomato, mushroom and spinach, along with two separate sauces. The tomato sauce was good, but the “rosemary butter” sauce was wonderful. The chicken itself was cooked perfectly and very tender.
For the other entree we had the Crab Stack, which is actually on the salad menu. It was colorful and came with mango, avocado, and a cilantro lime vinaigrette. While pretty, it was not as flavorful as we expected. Somehow I think it would have been better if drizzled with olive oil.
We also had a side of mushroom parmesan risotto. We liked it very much.
We tried two desserts. The Bread Pudding was splendid, warm and tasty.
We also had a Crème brûlée with lemon curd. The lemon curd was good but not our thing, so we pushed most of it to the side. The rest of it was delightful. Notably the “pudding” underneath was slightly less firm than we expected, but that was not a bad thing in this dish.
We should add that there is a kids menu. It’s only $4.95 and includes a drink.
If we have a criticism, it’s a bit noisy due to the acoustics. So if you’re looking for a quiet meal this might not be the best spot. But other than that we highly recommend it and will be back.
Please note that we were invited by the restaurant and our meal was on the house. Because of that we ordered more than usual for lunch.

Jidai Sushi Dinner Deal

We’ve been fans of Jidai Kaiten Sushi since they opened. In kaiten sushi (回転寿司) you sit around the outside of a geometric shape and a conveyor belt brings various plates around in front of you. The sushi chefs are inside the shape – a triangle here. The color of the plate indicates the price.

Mango Tango roll
Mango Tango Roll

Jidai is in the Shops at Boca Grove, on the west side of Powerline between Glades and Palmetto.

Jidai normally prices plates from $2 to $5, though there are other items on a menu you can order that are not on the conveyor belt. For their new dinner deal (see image above), the $2 and $3 plates have their normal price, and the $4 and $5 plates are reduced to $3 during a “happy hour” window from 5 – 7 pm.

Tuna Gone Wild roll
Tuna Gone Wild Roll

We stopped by today for the Jidai lunch deal we wrote about previously – all the plates are $2. They are extending that deal until further notice.
We’re not just saying we’re fans. We’ve been there three times this month for the lunch deal. And it appears that the deal offer is working. They had a good lunch crowd today.
We enjoyed our meal today, as usual, and will be back for more.
Blue Crab Roll
Blue Crab Roll

Disclosure: Our first few articles about Jidai were written without any business relationship. After we wrote the lunch deal article we did an ad campaign for the article. The restaurant paid for the ads and paid us a small fee for managing them. We generally pay full price for our meals there but they have sometimes given us a small discount or a free item. The monetary value of what we have received is trivial and we really do love the place. We have talked about doing another ad campaign but this article was written with no compensation.