51 W. City Center Drive
Phone: (317) 660-1616
Eggshell Bistro will fill a unique niche in the Carmel area. Owner, Larry Hanes, is a self-proclaimed “foodie” and an art director/designer by profession. These attributes combine for a very focused vision of what Larry wants the overall customer experience to be like at Eggshell Bistro. His chef has worked at French Laundry and Bouchon in Napa Valley, which are both Thomas Keller restaurants and considered two of the finest restaurants in the world (a year in advance for a reservation is not uncommon at French Laundry). In Indianapolis, Eggshell’s chef has worked at Taste Café. Larry created Eggshell’s menu with input from his chef on individual recipe composition. The menu items have been influenced by the cuisine of France, Italy and even China, just to name a few.
According to Larry, “Eggshell Bistro’s culinary style can be best described as ‘global fusion’—healthy, rustic, fresh and often creative. A unique range of culinary twists are displayed by its namesake—the egg…with supporting roles from sides, salads, soups and sandwiches. A non-automatic espresso experience, siphon coffee bar and Hario coffee drip…paired with a palette of patisserie options, will further delight your senses.”
Local and “glocal” (geographically-specific/artisanal) sources are the foundation for the quality ingredients weaving throughout its menu. Larry has established some impressive partnerships—for his coffee with the internationally acclaimed “Blue Bottle Coffee” of San Francisco, award-winning “The Art of Tea” of Los Angeles for his tea and “Traders Point Creamery” for his yogurt. Additionally, local alliances with some top-notch organic farm resources have been formed.
Eggshell will initially be open from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., plus some early evening hours, for special Palladium and community events. There is no doubt that Eggshell will be a favorite dining spot before attending world-class performances at the Palladium, however, a visit to Eggshell Bistro is its own cultural experience. Its bistro tables and chairs are authentic—purchased at auction and from antiquity purveyors, they originally resided in Parisian cafés. Other urban European artifacts will also grace its décor. Larry describes the atmospheric vibe as “a culmination of unique vintage-industrialism, modernism, and functionalism…all blended with warm touches in a very ‘London loft-like’ way.”