Looking for Great Seattle Seafood or Fusion Restaurant
San Francisco Chowhound posting here on behalf of my husband who is in Seattle at this moment on business looking for a great seafood and/or fusion restaurant for tonight in the downtown area near the area by Virginia Mason hospital if at all possible. Expensive is just fine.
oceanaire is fabulous seafood and is on stewart and 7th I think. It is part of a chain of very high-end seafood restaurants and is pretty expensive.
tell him to call Veil (206-216-0610) and ask whether they can put together the seafood tasting for him...or call Nishino (206) 322-5800
and ask to reserve a chef's omakase...(you can also get the regular tastings at either place without advance notice)...if he wants walking distance from the hospital area, he can go to Chez Shea (1st and Pike, NW corner, 2nd floor) for their tasting
If at all possible, he should try Matt's in the Market. Tiny place, hard to find but absolutely stellar. He'll need to get there early to get a seat but if he has to wait, it's worth it. All the cooking is done on a couple of hot plates and Matt is behind the counter eager to talk food, wine, beer or any host of topics. This is truly a unique gem.
Actually, everyone should try to get into Matt's sometime this month, as it sounds like Matt's as we know it is gone after the first of the year. Maybe this is old news to some, but according to Matt's blog, they're expanding into the space next door, and will have seating for 55, a kitchen, and a full bar. And so they'll be closed until mid-March doing the renovations...
Thanks for all your help! My husband ended up at Oceanaire. Here is his report via email:
Thank you for your recommendations. We decided to hit the Oceanaire restaurant partically because my boss travels a lot and this being a nation-wide, it might be a good place to hit if he or I was in another town that may host this retaurant.
The Seattle one is located on the first floor of a high-rise hotel building in a center of the city, not ocean view really.
They print a new menu each day with the list of fresh fish they get every day, and you can order the fish made in grilled, seared or boiled. I had a seared Hawaiian Yellowfin tuna and that was really excellent. My boss had a grilled Alaskan King Salmon that that came really moist looking and excellent too. The wine list is a bit on the higher side but solid with lots of Oregon and Californa brand wines.
Seating was comfortable and our waitress was pleasant, came often to check to see how we were doing.
We enjoyed it.