Hemispheres Bistro: A Welcoming Gastronomical Journey

In the past two months I have had family in town visiting and this is always a special time to show off what the Quad Cities has to offer on the restaurant scene. I had always wanted to try Hemispheres Bistro in Bettendorf so I chose it for two family culinary experiences; a late lunch and an evening dinner.

High Style Interior Of Hemishperes Bistro
High Style Interior Of Hemispheres Bistro
Hemispheres Bar Area
Hemispheres Bar Area

My first visit was for lunch with my sister-in-law who was in town on business from Cincinnati. We were impressed with the elegant and yet comfortable ambiance. The lunch menu was varied and freshly prepared by a chef who we could watch create our dishes.

The lunch menu consists of four soups, six salads, a combination (choose two) of 1/2 soup, 1/2 salad or 1/2 sandwich, ten sandwiches, and four pastas with three finishes available and additional chicken, shrimp or vegetables.

Lunch: Pho Bo With Pork & Apple Salad
Lunch: Pho Bo With Pork & Apple Salad

My second visit was for an evening dinner with 10 family members. Half of the group, visiting from Vancouver and Colorado, were interested in trying a new menu. After some fine wine selections and conversation, we were served freshly prepared and delicious food which was artistically presented. The restaurant also accommodated our birthday celebration needs with excellent service and finesse.

In the evening I introduced myself to the delightfully professional manager, Emily Hudson, who in turn introduced me to the owner and chef, Aman Razdan. Razdan was very personable and filled with inspired creative energy. I recommend his special sauce, Szechuan Peppercorn, although you can choose from 14 finishing methods on your main dish.

Chef, Aman Razdan
Chef Aman Razdan

Hemispheres website says is perfectly, “A strong knowledge of flavor profiles and a desire to offer a modern globally ethnic menu inspired Chef Aman Razdan to create Hemispheres Bistro. Our staff strives to provide diners with healthy, flavorful menu choices using fresh ingredients.”

The evening menu at Hemispheres Bistro is comprised of Starters, Salads, Shawarma, a Main Menu, and Finishings. Two sides are included with your entree (Main Menu). You may choose from four noodle dishes, four rice dishes, six potato dishes, and seven vegetable dishes.

Salmon With Brussel Sprouts
Salmon With Brussels Sprouts

I chose salmon with the Szechuan peppercorn finish, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potato puree with maple. It was a wonderful combination of textures, sweet and savory flavors, and enticing aromas. I plan to return often to Hemispheres Bistro. Lunch, Drinks or Dinner…always a finely crafted experience!

Hemispheres Bistro

2504 53rd Avenue, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

563-332-2370

hemispheresbistro.com and on Facebook

Hours:

Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Happy Hour: Monday – Friday 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. 1/2 off the bar in bar area only.

Dinner: Monday – Saturday Starts at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: Brunch starting at 10:00 a.m.

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Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and computer generated design including Photoshop. She has retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. She also has her own design and studio company. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts, and supporting art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area.

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