Chef Derek Bugge will cook a Latin America-Northwest mashup when 2120 opens on June 24 at 2120 6th Ave. Bugge is the chef at Bellevue’s 99 Park restaurant; both businesses are owned by Milan Uzelac.
Leaning heavily on Pacific Northwest-sourced produce, seafood, and meat, Bugge will infuse plates with influences from his native Seattle and from his mother’s Mexican roots. The restaurant will serve dinner at the outset, with lunch available starting on June 26 and brunch on July 1.
Diners can expect to see some menu cross-overs from 99 Park, including grilled octopus, lamb tartare, and chicken with mole negro. Dishes unique to 2120 will include Painted Hills New York steak with cilantro chimichurri, a wagyu burger with Beecher’s cheese, and king salmon with salsa verde. Here’s a look at a sample dinner menu:
Lunch will involve small, medium, and large plates with dishes like chicharones with smoked ricotta choriqueso and pickled peppers; braised boar ribs with charred scallion barbecue sauce and a red cabbage slaw; and a Cuban sandwich with guajillo-braised pork shoulder, chayote mostarda, house pickles, and manchego cheese.
As for brunch, expect classics like steak and eggs and French toast, along with the likes of pork belly migas and chicken and waffles with foie gras butter and apple brandy maple syrup.
Last, but certainly not least, the drinks: Expect wine from regional producers, predominantly local beer, and cocktails incorporating local and seasonal ingredients. There’s the Gin Wabbit, involving carrot, lemon, vanilla, and egg whites; the Sotol Sazerac, with sotol, agave, and from-scratch fennel bitters; and a daily punch with a small option for two to four people and a large version for six to eight guests.