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Best Tasting Menu in Seattle?

Did a quick search and didn't find much in the way of comparisons. What's your favorite one? I'm guessing the Herb Farm will come up. What others are there? For myself, I'm looking for something with lots of small, delicious (duh) courses but also just want to hear about what is out there.

Thanks!

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  1. Rover's is very good, albeit pricy.

    1. le gourmand in ballard has a tasting menu always available and, if you like classic french food, you will enjoy chef naftaly's skills. with a day's warning, the kitchen at union (though chef stowell, with his new place doing well, is not always there these days) will do a grand tasting menu for you of whatever length and complexity you desire - for my last birthday, i took a vegetarian friend and we had one tasting menu for each of us - both were excellent.

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      1. re: howard 1st

        Just out of curiosity, how much was the tasting menu at union? I'd really like to try it, but I'm by no means wealthy.

        1. re: vanillagorilla

          cost was also a factor in the choices made for our tasting adventure - if you will discuss your needs honestly with (maitre d') hans, every effort will be made to meet them.

          1. re: howard 1st

            howard,

            Did you inquire about the tasting menu when making a reservation, or just show up and ask for it?

            1. re: vanillagorilla

              best to inquire in advance so that they have time to prepare, or they may be too busy to put together one for you on the spot (I've done it both ways there)

              1. re: vanillagorilla

                the parameters (not the actual dishes) for the menu were discussed at great length when the reservations were made - as barleywino wisely states, one otherwise takes the chance that time will not allow the chef to shine

                1. re: howard 1st

                  if you go during October, you migth be able to request (in advance) pumpkin risotto served in the hollowed-out little pumpkin, which is always fun

        2. Mistral has a fabulous set tasting menu.

          1. Chez Shea is pretty good value (in terms of dollars per course) for their tasting
            http://www.chezshea.com/tastingmenu.php

            1. I'll cast my vote for Le Gourmand. I think the tasting menu is around $75 and you can substitute courses if there's something off the menu that you're dying to try. And Bruce Naftaly has the the highest talent:ego ratio in the business-- he's amazing!

              1. looking forward to seeing what Rachel Yang (ex Coupage) and Jerry Traunfeld (soon to be ex Herbfarm) will come up with when they open their new (separate) places...