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Apr 25, 2007 09:42 AM

New-ish on Queen Anne (SEA)

As quickly as restaurants come & go up here on Queen Anne, here's a list of new,
new-ish, and soon-to-open eateries on Queen Anne:

Listed walking from from North to South:

Opal 2 W. Boston Street (world cuisine): no website
Portage 2209 Queen Anne Ave (American French):
Sorrentino 2128 Queen Anne Ave (Italian):
Julia's 1825 Queen Anne Ave (American): website not yet updated
Bricco 1525 Queen Anne Ave (Italian inspired wine bar):
Betty 1509 Queen Anne Ave (American/Italian): no website

Lots of new construction, remodels, and "holes-in-the-wall" popping up. Did I miss any? There's a new sushi take-out place across from the Market on QA Ave but not sure of the name/address...

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  1. Noticed another one yesterday across the street from the Marqueen Hotel at the bottom of the hill. Ascada, "An Upscale Bistro". Hmm, is this the same as the
    Ascada in Bellevue?

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    1. re: fooddawg

      Okay..Opal has a website now:
      Menu not online yet. The space and the concept look promising, though I could do without the headlights from passing cars sweeping through the windows. Maybe drapes are in order?

      1. re: malarkey

        According to a blurb on Seattle Weekly, an Andrew Leonard & Tyler Anderson are sharing chef duties.

      2. Opal had a "soft" open last night and I managed to score a table at the bar. The food ranged from solid to great, with the salmon appetizer nearing fantastic. The menu is less international than the original concept had led me to believe, but it still offers a good range of tastes. One thing I noticed, the descriptions on the menu are very brief - the food that comes out is far more complicated and includes items not mentioned on the menu, so definitely ask about specific dishes if you have allergies or aversions.

        Obviously there are a few kinks to work out (earnest but inexperienced servers, reservation system so far nonexistent, the usual first night stuff), but the bar was hopping and the chef shows a lot of promise. All in all, a good addition to the hill. I'll be interested to see how it fares once Betty gets up and running.

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        1. re: qalaur

          I have tried this place twice now and they still need to get their service fixed. Tried to sit in the bar one evening and had to eventually walk out as no one would serve me. Interesting design as well for some of the deuces are extremely tight to get in to and out of. Not sure why since this was built from the ground up in its remodel. I think I'll give it a while although on QA it is always touch and go with how long a restaurant will last.

          1. re: TacoBusHound

            four of us went to Opal just last night (June 21st) and you are right, they need to fix the service. Our waitress came off as though it was her first night waiting tables anywhere.
            Food was good, but we prefer Portage across the street. We were all wondering if it would last, too.

            1. re: browqueen

              Unlike some places where the food sounds great on the menu but disappoints when it arrives, Opal seems like the opposite, with the food happily exceeding my expectations from reading the menu. The Louisiana prawns came in an unexpectedly rich cassoulet-like broth dotted with tiny tomatoes, the house cured gravlax on goat cheese mousse and crispy potato galette were a healthy portion and nicely garnished and the chocolate velvet dessert w/ huckleberry mousse and Guiness ice cream was truly decadent. Pork belly could have been crispier/more caramelized but was still satisfying. Was too full to try any of the "large bites" (entrees), next time for sure. Presentation was excellent, service was quite good and the place was comfortable and stylish, a step up from the usual hard-chair bistro. If this place were in Belltown it would blow away of lot of the local competition imo.

              1. re: barleywino

                Tried Opal for the first time last night and was blown away by the food. Every single bite except one was exquisite in sophistication and balance and pleasure (that one bite was the overly chewy marshmallow on the otherwise delightful PBJ dessert).

                The service was excellent.

                In fact, the only impediment to returning is the price.

        2. The new sushi place is Calva Cafe. They serve sushi, Chinese food, and bubble tea. They have a few tables and a sushi bar but are very geared for takeout. Food is middling-okay but also inexpensive. If you want better sushi for lunch than you'll get from the Met Market cold case, go to Calva. Their Chinese food is also fat-free and msg-free (per the menu) and tastes a little unusual -- it's not the normal corn-starch-syrupy-sauce crappy takeout, but it's not as good as Chinoise, for example, and I wouldn't call Chinoise great.

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          1. re: Rev

            Chinoise used to be much better or maybe it was the lack of other places that made it good. Ototo blows them away on sushi and frankly is less expensive. I guess I better get over the initial shock when I saw that Pat's was now serving Sushi...although obviously Calva had already taken over.

            1. re: TacoBusHound

              Betty apparently opened on Monday! Has anyone been? I drove by last night around 9pm and it looked to be about 1/3 full. The space looks enormous with LONG rows of tables/chairs. Too big? Excited to try it and report back but will wait for them to settle in....

              1. re: fooddawg

                Tried it last night... JUST like Crow, which in my mind is a very good thing for those too lazy to stumble down the hill. I had a late reservation and the dining room was only about a quarter full, but the server claimed they had been packed earlier. The bar was still full, as was the eating bar in front of the kitchen (a la Crow), as we left around 11. They had this chicken morel dish that was insanely good, hopefully it will earn a permanent spot on the menu and be Betty's prosciutto wrapped chicken. Steak and frites was also phenomenal. Same reasonable prices as Crow, same straightforward yet creative style of food, super nice servers... I couldn't stop commenting about how now I'll never have to leave the hill!

                1. re: qalaur

                  Thanks for the update. I really like Crow but would gladly abandon it for it's twin on top of the hill. Now I have Bricco, Betty, and the 5 Spot within easy walking distance. I suspect I'm going to get really fat!

                2. re: fooddawg

                  We stopped in for lunch yesterday. I'm all for having another lunch option but worried that, like Barbacoa, this will be too much for them to continue with before long.

                  The lunch menu is mostly salads and sandwiches but they do offer the steak frites and a clam linguine for those seeking a heftier lunch. Prices are similar to what you'd pay for the specials at the Hilltop but I get a better wine selection at Betty. I had an open faced portabello sandwich with thin aioli, asparagus, and roasted red peppers with a small mixed greens salad on the side. Tasty, good for a light appetite. He had the pastrami which came with so-so cole slaw but very tasty fries.

                  Looking forward to trying them for dinner. It a nice space, quite large, beautiful muted sage colors on the walls.

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