For more than 20 years I have appreciated the wonderful breakfast and lunch fare of Colette Bar & Bistro located in the Sofitel at France and I-494 in Bloomington. In 2013 Starwood Hotels acquired Sofitel with intentions to brand it as a Sheraton. No worries Colette endeavored, same chef, servers and menu, all is good! This ended earlier this year as Sheraton embarked on a major remodel which included the end of my beloved Collette. Welcome “Lela” which opened this past week and with enthusiasm I applaud everything. Lela is beautiful, no expense was spared in this wonderful creation, well done Paul W.
Maiden voyage here it is; Lunch on day two of its opening, perfect everything!
STARTERS Crispy Fried Oysters saffron and fennel jam, Meyer lemon aioli, trout caviar | Yellowfin Tuna Unagi Sauce, radishes, avocado, miso aioli, Maldon salt | Peruvian Ceviche lime, cilantro, habaneros, plantains | Hawaiian Opah lemon gremolata, cucumber, Cyprus Black Salt, parsnip chips. PASTAS Garganelli braised wild boar, hazelnuts, radicchio. SALADS & SANDWICHES Steak Salad 5 oz. NY Strip, bibb lettuce, Gorgozola dulce, onions | Caprese Sandwich mozzarella, tomato, basil pesto | Brie Melt Sandwich apricot jam, truffle butter, sourdough. DESSERTS Olive Oil Cake rum infused pineapple, orange glaze, buttermilk ice cream | Assortment of Ice Cream & Sorbets lemon basil sorbet. Prior is a sparse sampling of Lela’s perfected menu offerings, more than 3 of us and dinner versus lunch would have allowed for a greater experience. I can barely wait for my next visit already on the calendar for early July. To all, I hope you and your family has a fun filled celebration of our country’s premier holiday (Independence Day), Happy 4th of July!!
Bill’s Beverage of the Month
Try this addition to the Lagunitas 2015 OneHitter series. Notes from the brewery: “We took some fresh Sanguinello Blood oranges, juiced ’em, concentrated that juice (without heat) and threw it into a wheatier version of our New Dogtown Pale Ale. The end result? A refreshingly hopped pale-ish ale with a huge citrus burst!”