The menu at Bonsai Bistro and Sushi Bar draws on culinary traditions from a broad swath of East Asia, but many of its flavors get their start closer to home. Familiar recipes from Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Korea get a regional twist as chefs incorporate organic produce, sustainably sourced ingredients, and locally made tofu into each dish. This widens the scope of the already expansive menu to include such nontraditional items as sushi rolls with heirloom tomato or garlic-citrus sauce. To accommodate diets or personal tastes, the chefs can tailor the spice of virtually any entree, and they can modify many dishes to be vegan-friendly, vegetarian, or gluten-free.
In contrast to the eclectic menu, the restaurant's dining area embraces a spare-and-simple vibe. Concave windows overlook the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene, and a creek-like indoor koi pond brings the natural world even closer as it wends between wooden tables and dawdling rays of sunshine.
Craig Fruchter and Stephanie Schreiber, a husband-and-wife duo, team up with an impassioned troupe of instructors to lead students toward mental and physical health through a lineup of Bikram and power-yoga classes. Their dual locations swirl with balmy temperatures to loosen tight ligaments and help students ease deeper into the tension-relieving stretches. The warm air pricks beads of sweat on shoulders and brows while flushing out toxins and the spleen's discarded Funyun bags. With an eye on preserving the environment, both studios are scrubbed with nontoxic cleaning products each day and feature textured rubber floors and fresh-air ventilation systems. Marin Magazine in 2010 named Red Dragon one of the best yoga studios in Marin, and Pacific Sun named the business the best Marin yoga studio in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In the tasting room of Bridge Press Cellars and Emvy Cellars, guests can indulge in samples or purchase bottles of their varietals, including pinot blanc, chenin blanc, and an array of blends. Wines are served aside hummus platters and cheese plates featuring seasonal fruits, smoked almonds, and salami. On the first Friday of each month, the wine bar showcases new artwork and live music.
Slate-gray walls and eight flat-screen TVs encircle a group of simple, black tables inside McClain’s Pizzeria, allowing the chefs’ signature item to act as the eye-catching decoration. The culinary team hand-tosses dough, including a gluten-free option, each and every day. Pies are then slathered with housemade sauce and layered with a bevy of toppings, including staples such as pepperoni, green peppers, and mushrooms, and innovative treats, such as buffalo chicken, pineapple, and real Italian fedoras. Customers can order their pies in three sizes—10”, 14”, and 18”—or skip the slices all together and go for a crispy calzone. Aside from their doughy feasts, McClain’s slakes appetites with five types of sandwiches, four salads, and jumbo wings tossed in a zesty buffalo sauce and washed down by a selection of on-tap brews.
At Kinja Japanese & Korean Restaurant paper lanterns dangle overhead diners' heads, casting a warm, comforting glow on potted bamboo plants and wall-sized mountain murals. Guests sip soju and sake as they feast on broiled salmon and black cod, beef short rib, or chicken katsu. For those looking to sample the ocean-fresh sushi, chefs slice and roll colorful maki made from salmon, soft-shell crab, and tuna, sending their creations to patrons via tiny conveyor belt.