Update: Bloom closed in 2011.
Bloom - What I Liked
- Cool, sleek ambiance, but not stuffy
- Perfect for a business meal, a date or a ladies day out
- Prices are reasonable
- Tables nicely spaced, a variety of types of seating offered
- Business casual attire is appropriate
- Might not be great for young children
Bloom - The Mood
I loved the clean look of the interior of Bloom American Cuisine. Open and uncluttered with light blue leather booth seating (and server shirts to match), at midday it was light and very comfortable for a business lunch. There are several seating options here -- regular tables, sofa-style comfort, booths and half booths. A "private" dining area is enclosed by all clear glass, keeping any noise out for those in the party, and in, for those in the dining room.
Bloom is a restaurant in the Fox Restaurants Concepts group, and I usually like their style. While their restaurants always have a modern, clean look, this one has more space between the tables than most, making it not only great for business meals, but also nice for comfortable date conversation.
Bloom - The Damages
During my visit to Bloom my associate and I shared the Crisp Calamari appetizer ($11). He ordered the Vienna Pastrami ($11) lunch, which was really my first choice, but I opted for the Mu Shu Duck Tacos ($15) since I don't see that on other lunch menus! We shared a dessert. Although there was one chocolate selection, we opted to share what sounded like a cool, lighter summer treat, the Strawberry Trio ($8). Our total, excluding beverages tax and tip, came to about $23 per person.
Bloom often participates in Arizona Restaurant Week. During that time you can experience a three-course prix-fix dinner. Naturally, you'd expect it to very busy, so reservations during that time are a must.
What I thought of Bloom
Bloom American Cuisine was a pleasant surprise for me. The lunch menu offered enough eclectic creations, mixed in with dishes for people who might be less adventurous. On the lunch menu we picked the Fried Calamari from the Starters and Salads section of the menu, thinking it would be a Starter, as opposed to a Salad. It was actually both -- a green leaf salad with dressing mixed with a large portion of calamari. We indicated that we were sharing, and the server kindly split it for us -- even half a serving was large. This could have been a lunch on its own. The calamari was not tossed with the dressing, but the juxtaposition of cool salad with warm fired calamari was nice.
The Vienna Pastrami was recommended as a popular item. Not especially unusual, there was ample meat that was extremely lean and had just the right amount of flavor, not too bland and not too overwhelming. Not too many fries on the plate, but they were crunchy on the outside, hot and soft on the inside. This came on an onion roll. We weren't offered any choice of bread or rolls.<br/>
I had to order something a little less ordinary, so I opted for the Mu Shu Duck Tacos. I was very pleased with my selection, which was a plentiful portion with fried rice that included fresh vegetables and peppers. Not easy to eat gracefully, if it is a business lunch, and not as much fun to use a fork and knife!
We thought we would share a dessert and we were pleasantly surprised by the Strawberry Trio, with a warm selection, cold selection, and a room temperature pastry. Wonderful!
Although we didn't have any at this visit, there is a nice selection of wines by the glass at Bloom, ranging in price from about $6 to $16 per glass. Champagne by the glass is also offered.
The last time Bloom was inspected by Maricopa County (June 2011), no violations were reported.
How to Find Bloom
Bloom is open for both lunch every day except Sunday and is open for dinner seven days per week.
There is only one Bloom in Arizona.
Shops at Gainey Village
8877 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.