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Apr 22, 1999 05:12 PM

Seattle in June

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Heading to Seattle in mid-June for a wedding and we're
going to spend a few days eatng our hearts out (ha) - I
reviewed the Washing State report from last year on
this board and wondered if anyone had new suggestions
or comments? Seafood is our primary interest but
anything really good would be welcome. TIA and I will
report back.

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  1. There are a least three different strings on Seattle
    that were posted in 1998. Previous postings
    mentioned Campagne, Rovers, Wild Ginger, Fullers, and
    Dahlia Lounge. All good suggestions. Here are some
    ideas not on the previous postings: I've heard that,
    although they are still a long way from rebuilding The
    Herb Farm, which burned down in January 1977, Jerry
    Traunfeld may start cooking dinners at Hedges Cellers
    in Issaquah starting in May 1999. Definitely worth
    checking out. Also, Lampreia is currently one of the
    highest rated restaurants in Seattle, under the
    guidance of chef Scott Carsberg. Peter Cipra is a
    perfectionist that for twenty-five years or so has
    been turning out marvelous Czech-influenced dishes at
    Labuznik. Another perfectionist chef is Saleh Joudah
    who serves up wonderful Italian fare at Saleh al Lago.
    A personal favorite, for its casual, comfortable, cozy
    atmosphere, in addition to its wonderful Italian food,
    is Peter Dow's Cafe Juanita across the lake from
    Seattle in Kirkland. Well worth the short drive, trust
    me! When you're in downtown Seattle near the north end
    of the Pike Place Market, don't miss the panini at
    Botticelli Cafe.

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    1. re: Tom Armitage

      Woops. Just noticed a typo in my post. The Herbfarm
      burned down in 1997, not 1977. It doesn't take 20
      years to rebuild a restaurant in the Seattle area, even
      with all the horrendous permit problems that this
      environmentally conscious culture puts in your way.

    2. Besides Tom's post (all great recommendations), try
      this new place by Tamara Murphy the former chef of
      Campagne. It's called Brasa. Not sure of address.
      Just spoke with the Exec. Director of the Washington
      Wine Council, and he raved about Brasa.

      Also check out the restaurant Pallisade.

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      1. re: Gary Cheong

        The view is the thing at Pallisade, not the food. But
        it is a spectacular view, looking west across Elliot
        Bay to Bainbridge Island, with the Olympic Mountains
        looming in the background (on a clear day), and looking
        south to the Seattle skyline with a view of Mount
        Ranier if you're lucky. Food-wise, I'd stick with the
        most straightforward, least complex dishes (i.e., the
        ones that are hardest to screw up).

        1. re: Gary Cheong
          Tom Armitage

          Just returned from a trip to Seattle, where I had
          dinner at Brasa, located at 2107 Third Ave. (near
          Lenora). I thought the food was good, but not great.
          I have enjoyed many glorious meals prepared under
          Tamara Murphy's direction when she was the chef at
          Campagne, and so my expectations for her own restaurant
          were way up there. Her fois gras with stone fruit
          served with a chocolate brioche was good, though I've
          had more exciting and daring sauces as foil for fois
          gras. A salad of grilled long-leafed Treviso radicchio
          in a balsamc reduction was wonderful, and raised hopes.
          Quail in a buttermilk batter was juicy and well-cooked,
          but produced memories of other, more intensely flavored
          preparations of quail. Perhaps the biggest
          disappointment of the night was the roast suckling pig
          with clams and chorizo. The reviews of Brasa have been
          full of superlatives, referring to Murphy's "robust
          rustic flavors." But I found the Portuguese-inspired
          suckling pig bland. Here I had the very recent memory
          of the roast suckling pig served at Churrasqueira
          Bairrada in Mineola on Long Island to contend with, and
          the comparison did not help Murphy's more ambitious,
          complex version of this dish. Deserts at Brasa were
          good to very good, the best being the cardamom panna
          cotta with honey roasted figs and an almond-plum cake.
          In sum, I found too many dishes at Brasa that were
          curiously bland and that did not generate the
          excitement level I had come to expect from Murphy's
          cooking. Given my high regard for Murphy's culinary
          skills and my previous experiences with her cooking,
          I'm sure I'll give Brasa another try. But not right

        2. if you like cantonese, sea garden in the international district does a nice job. i used to go there every month (at least) in college, and as of last summer, it was still very good.