119 N Commercial St
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I happened to arrive on the 14th floor of the Bellingham Towers building with some friends late one afternoon, after not having been there for at least a couple years. We’d heard there was a bar there, so we went to have some drinks and admire the good view. After looking over the bar menu we became intrigued, and decided to order some appetizers. When the food arrived it was shockingly good, and there was much ohhing and ahhing and passing of plates around the table. My friends and I were amazed. What was this place called Nimbus? Had we somehow been transported to some sort of upscale restaurant in San Francisco or New York? And, if I went for dinner, would it be as good?
A few weeks later I did indeed go back to Nimbus for dinner with my husband. Perusing the dinner menu we were impressed with the variety of dishes offered. They ranged from the exotic (truffled potato gnocchi with wild mushrooms and buerre blanc), to winter comfort food (vegetable pot pie). We finally settled on Seared Duck Breast with a quince and celeriac risotto for me, and Summit Creek Lamb chops with pomegranate couscous and cardamom yogurt sauce for my husband. When our meals arrived, I was struck by how simple and elegant they looked -- everything pleased the eye, and nothing was too dramatic or flashy. The tastes of our meals echoed this theme of artistic balance -- the meat was cooked perfectly, and all the flavors blended beautifully into a complete and complex whole. Our wine -- each of the two glasses recommended by our informal yet professional server -- complemented the meals very well. We ended our meal with a deep and satisfied sigh, and I wondered again about the brilliant palate of our chef.
In actuality there are two chefs at Nimbus. Business partners and culinary conspirators Josh Silverman and James Winberg are both graduates of the Bellingham Technical College School of Culinary Arts. After traveling and honing their skills in high-profile kitchens in both Europe and the U.S., they’ve returned to Bellingham to combine their talents in a project of their own: Nimbus. In the short time that they’ve begun this venture, they’ve demonstrated a maturity of taste and artistic talent that have earned them rave reviews from local and national critics.
The Bellingham Towers building is across the street from the Mt. Baker Theater, on Commercial Street. Enter the building and take the elevator to the 14th floor.
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