Restaurant Roulette: Bell Tower Bistro

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Restaurant Roulette: Bell Tower Bistro

ZaZu Lippert

Twice a month, El Estoque goes to restaurants around Cupertino and takes a chance by asking the waiter to personally choose the menu items for us. This week, we continued the alphabetical theme by going to the Bell Tower Bistro.

The Basics

Restaurant: Bell Tower Bistro

Location: 20490 Los Gatos Saratoga Rd, Saratoga, CA 95070

Menu:https://locu.com/places/bell-tower-bistro-patisserie-saratoga-us/#menu

Price Point: $$

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Seated around a booth, a family of five laughs and plows through stacks of waffles topped with  generous servings of whipped cream. In a corner seat, a Saratoga council member meets with a business partner over cups of steaming coffee. The warm and friendly atmosphere of the Bell Tower makes it a relaxing place for people of all ages. And in the early morning the scent of bacon on one side and freshly baked pastries on the other welcomes you to the restaurant.

Clockwise from left: Bell Tower in the early morning, a sign welcoming customers, Nahal in front of the counter, and the dessert display case.

Clockwise from left: Bell Tower in the early morning, a sign welcoming customers, Nahal in front of the counter, and the dessert display case.

When we walked into Bell Tower, we were greeted with smiles and freshly-squeezed orange juice. We found this same freshness in everything, from bread loaves, crepes and chips that are made from scratch to fresh cut and cooked country potatoes. Nahal, our waitress, also told us that they make their juices and pastries fresh every morning. Click on this text to hear more about Bell Tower’s atmosphere.

 

We ate:

Eggs Benedict

Priya

Bell Tower Bistro's Eggs Benedict. Photo by ZaZu Lippert.

Bell Tower Bistro’s Eggs Benedict. Photo by ZaZu Lippert.

As a first time eggs benedict eater, I didn’t know what to expect. The dish arrived with a side of honeydew and orange slices and country style potatoes. Click here to hear more about the eggs benedict.

Price: $11.95

Our rating: 3.5/5

 

 

Crepe Santa Cruz

Bell Tower Bistro's Crepe Santa Cruz. Photo by ZaZu Lippert

Bell Tower Bistro’s Crepe Santa Cruz. Photo by ZaZu Lippert

ZaZu

I was slightly skeptical when the Crepe Santa Cruz arrived. I’d never heard of a seafood crepe before, and I’m not the most adventurous eater. Click here to hear more about the crepe Santa Cruz

Price: $13.95

Our rating: 4/5

 

 

 

Strawberry croissant

The delicious strawberry croissant. Photo by ZaZu Lippert.

The delicious strawberry croissant. Photo by ZaZu Lippert.

Priya and ZaZu

Already stuffed from the savory dishes, we were unsure of whether the strawberry croissant could tempt us into eating more. But the croissant called to us and we couldn’t help but finish it off. Click here to hear more about the strawberry croissant.

Price: $3-4

Our rating: 5/5

 

Bell Tower also makes other pastries that are not to be missed! Photo by ZaZu Lippert.

Bell Tower also makes other pastries that are not to be missed! Photo by ZaZu Lippert.

 

Fresh-squeezed orange juice

This fresh-squeezed orange juice came straight out of the juice press. Photo by ZaZu Lippert.

This fresh-squeezed orange juice came straight out of the juice press. Photo by ZaZu Lippert.

 

                                                      Our rating: 5/5

                                                      Price: $4

Absolutely delicious!

 

 

The History of the Bell Tower Building

From left: a painting by Theodore Wores of his wife, titled Peach Orchard of Saratoga. The front of Bell Tower Bistro.

From left: a painting by Theodore Wores of his wife, titled Peach Orchard of Saratoga. The front of Bell Tower Bistro.

 

Click on this text to learn about the history of the Bell Tower.

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Priya Reddy and ZaZu Lippert. Photographed by ZaZu Lippert.