3 months ago
This new spot in Bremerton is doing so many things right, beginning with the greeting at the hostess desk. The young man that sat our party of 4 seemed ebullient to see us, which was fine. The staff seems young and somewhat inexperienced, but what they lack in experience, they make up for with personality.
First impression of the interior was that it reminded me of an old winery. High ceilings with exposed beams, I could almost picture wine barrels stacked 4 high. Usually with rooms like this, noise becomes a factor. Not so much here. The place was full, but not overly loud, which for me is a total turn off. We sat at a table close to the bar and had no trouble hearing each other or our server.
Everyone ordered something to drink, and we began our Gastropub encounter with Lava Fries. The entree selections were the Wagu Burger, Halibut with Crab and the Pork Chop. Dessert was Brown Cake and Mud Pie.
The food is excellent quality and thoughtful in taste and presentation. Everyone in our group enjoyed our dinner. Pork and Beef were cooked to perfection. The Halibut was great, but only slightly warm. That could have been an expediter mistake. It maybe sat in the window too long waiting for the rest of the order. This issue is typically my biggest complaint when dining out, however it tasted great. Also, I understand that they are new, and still finding their footing and timing. Constructive criticism is helpful, but usually not in the middle of a Friday night rush. The desserts were heavenly and each one was enough to share and still feel satisfied. Drinks were good, albeit inconsistent. My first Margarita was excellent and not because it was strong, it was perfectly balanced. Just the right amount of tequila, lime juice and I suspect a splash of soda. I did not detect the dreaded sweet and sour concentrated mix that you can buy anywhere and is full of chemicals. Typically, one margarita is my limit, but my husband was sipping on it as well, so we ordered two more. They were slightly different. Served in a rocks glass, first one was in a pint glass, they didn't taste the same. Possibly different bartenders? Our server assured us that it was the same amount of drink, just a smaller glass. Hmmm, maybe that works on some people. Since we weren't sitting at the bar, I didn't get the first bartenders name. This guy was skilled, no shortcuts. He shook a Martini for a full minute. I don't expect the kind of action we saw from Tom Cruise in the movie "Cocktail", but I have seen many bartenders shake a Martini for 5 seconds and call it good. That does not make for a good drink. This guy was the real deal. The margarita that he fixed for me was excellent. And speaking of servers, Amanda was a blast! One of the most enthusiastic servers I have ever encountered. She was funny and engaging without being intrusive. Most of our meal was served by Jack, one of the owners. What a great guy! He answered all of our questions from the logo design to building history, with sincerity and patience. He didn't rush through a condensed version and run off.
Axe and Arrow will only get better with time and experience. They already have a strong foundation. I think that opening with a limited menu is very smart. It gives everyone time to hone their skills and learn with each other. I am not sure if they are advertising, per se. I know that Social Media recommendations are what brought us. This is a place that we will continue to frequent. Cheers!