Like his attractive beef, Lacey restaurateur Rick Nelsen is getting older properly. I bear in mind having dinner within the unique Ricardo’s location on the purple home on Lacey Boulevard over 17 years in the past. He was younger, energetic, and dedicated to his imaginative and prescient of proudly owning his personal restaurant. Nonetheless going sturdy, Ricardo’s, now positioned in Lacey’s The Hub, is a testomony to what’s potential. The restaurant is a cushty place to calm down, meet associates, have a cocktail and eat some tasty meals.
Lately Govt Chef Mikaël Besnier has the helm within the kitchen. “Cooking is in my blood,” says Mikaël, whose complete household labored the numerous jobs within the restaurant enterprise. It’s simple to fall in love together with his French accent (he’s, in any case, from France) however you’ll keep in love once you eat his meals. Rising up in and round meals has been an enormous affect, however his want to journey and be taught English expanded his culinary experience. Mikaël participated within the Erasmus Project, which promotes cultural and language studying within the European Union. He discovered English whereas dwelling in Eire and later went to Spain and Catalonia the place he discovered Spanish. You will be positive there was cooking concerned too. He appreciated working in a starred Michelin restaurant for 1.5 years, however “I needed extra,” Mikaël recollects.
The following journey took Mikaël to Napa, California the place he improved his English and took a job on the famend The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil, identified for its unique clientele. Mikaël may regale us tales of catering to the wealthy and well-known, however his lips are sealed. After absorbing these experiences, he returned to France for 5 years. Then it was time to return again to the U.S.
The preliminary transfer was again to California, however a yr in the past, Mikaël and his accomplice determined to maneuver to Olympia the place that they had family and friends. When he confirmed up at Ricardo’s to speak a couple of job, he was employed on the spot. Regardless of pandemic circumstances, Mikaël seemed to be undaunted by the problem and able to take it on. “After 20 years within the enterprise I do know my flavors,” he says.
He’s labored on extra detailed monitoring of the well-known attractive beef, and is together with extra native and seasonal choices on the menu. “I’m nonetheless interested by the autumn menu,” Mikaël muses, however there shall be a duroc pork chop, which appear to be a bone-in rib steak. You’ll additionally discover cranberries and pumpkins. “I wish to deliver a narrative to my meals, so individuals wish to come again,” says Mikaël.
He’s additionally capable of finding many elements by Harbor Foodservice. “They’ve been very useful,” he says.
For the enthusiastic beef eater, there’s the Better Omaha 50-day-aged, 30-ounce tomahawk, a long-bone rib eye. You’ll be able to admire the stack upon entry within the restaurant. It’s spectacular. The getting older room has an enormous glass window to see on the beef. If you would like a smaller portion, you possibly can order the 30-day aged, eight-ounce filet mignon or the 45-day aged 14-ounce prime rib eye. The getting older concentrates taste and creates superb tenderness. There are additionally non-beef and vegetarian selections. Contemplate saving room for an after-dinner candy, most are made in-house. For many who have a tough time making dessert choices, order the flight and also you’ll get 5 completely different bites.
Common Supervisor Shane Holland handles the non-kitchen facet of the restaurant. Curiously, Shane began as a server. When the necessity for a bookkeeper arose, Shane stepped in. Over time, he took on extra administration obligations, finally changing into the GM. Shane desires to remind those who Ricardo’s is a cushty place. “Ricardo’s is a household vibe. You don’t have to decorate up,” says Shane, including “Good meals, good time.”
Rick and his spouse Marie proceed to be concerned with the enterprise, and also you may see them concerned within the catering actions. Talking of catering, it truly is time to plan to your vacation occasions. The restaurant has area on-site for you and your group in addition to catering choices.
The outside seating is nice by the summer time, and when the climate cools among the outside tables have heaters. Take pleasure in Completely satisfied Hour from 3 p.m. to six p.m. each day inside or out. Reservations usually are not taken for glad hour, however you may make a reservation for dinner.
Chef Mikaël invitations you to go to. “Be able to be shocked,” he says. Try the Facebook page for occasions, updates and hiring data.
Ricardo’s Kitchen & Bar
676 Woodland Sq. Loop SE, Lacey