Capitol Hill's Cafe Barjot is now open for dinner, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 5 to 10 p.m. The hybrid cafe-restaurant-bakery-bar opened in the former Chico Madrid space this summer and is a sibling to owner Wylie Bush's Joe Bar, just two-tenths of a mile away on the hill.
Bush brought in Nick Coffey, the former chef de cuisine at Sitka and Spruce, to manage the Barjot kitchen. The menu ranges from small plates like marinated olives ($4), pickled vegetables ($6), and charcuterie with baguette and mustard ($12) to entrees like wild mushroom orecchiette with shallots and gruyere ($14), Oregon pink shrimp with fermented carrots and seaweed ($12) and steamed mussels with leeks and thyme ($14). Later in the evening, the cafe dims the lights and turns into a romantic cocktail spot, with a carefully curated selection of wine, beer, and cider, plus house cocktails like the Malmo Mule with Aquavit ($8) and Runners Hye with Dickel Rye, Byrrh, and Curacao ($9).