When talking about the food at Café Cesura, the forthcoming breakfast and lunch joint he’s opening with chef Leon Douglas, Shawn Nickerson is partial to the hanger steak sandwich. Dressed in castelvetrano tapenade and served on baguette, it does sound tasty. But let’s take a moment to discuss the morning menu.
In addition to a variety of muffins, Stumptown coffee, granola, and pork rillette flavored with fresh-squeezed OJ (interesting), the menu is made up of four breakfast sandwiches. For anyone who prefers to start the day with a ‘wich, this is exciting. These aren’t your typical egg-bacon-cheese stacks (but there is one of those). Rather, you’ll find selections like smoked salmon on baguette served with a pickled onion and caper aioli; fig and brie with arugula on ciabatta; and salami and fennel slathered in dijon butter atop Macrina bread.
Graham Baba designed the downtown Bellevue cafe (what isn’t the firm designing these days?), so expect an industrial-mod vibe with 23-foot high ceilings. Nickerson and Douglas plan to open Cesura (their first venture), located at 1015 108th Ave NE, on November 7.