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My Seattle anniversary review.

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A quick review of my Seattle trip, with thanks to this board for recommendations.

Before I get into the food, let me just put a quick plug in for Hotel 1000. We stayed there and loved it. Very modern but with exceptional service. 95/100

Wild Ginger- I honestly picked it because it was close to the theater, had a good wine list and thought we could get in and out quickly (time restraints due to flight in and theater.)
When we got to the hotel, there was a message from the restaurant. I called back and they needed a credit card number to decant my wine. This upset me slightly because when I set this up I offered my card, and they declined to take it. Dinner was 45 min. away, but what could I do. We arrive and they were very nice, sat us down and served two glasses of complimentary champagne for our anniversary. The wine- a 2001 Ogier Côte-Rôtie was decanted at our table. We ordered and to our surprise, all the food came at once. The tuna carpaccio was good, the halibut lettuce wraps were interesting, and a good effort but fell a little short. Being almost vegetarian, we very excited about all the veggie Satay- we had the eggplant, the Portobello mushroom, the shiitake mushroom, and the salmon (which ended up being ivory salmon). All were very boring and under spiced. But what surprised me most was every single one came with the exact same dipping sauce. I would think they each would come with a couple to vary the flavors a bit. And on top of it the sauce had very little flavor. This may be a good restaurant, but not for vegetarians. 75/100

Matts at the market- we got there at 111:45 and could only be sat at the bar, which was fun to watch them cook. We ordered a tuna sandwich with a bean soup and a Portobello sandwich with a salad. Everything was outstanding. I love this style of bold flavors mixed and married together. Sweet, spicy, perfect balance. And on top of it the price was less than the pastries in the hotel. 96/100

Union- they were very gracious. I had set up before hand for the chef to make a vegetarian menu for us, but as we perused the menu, there were a few things we could order. We started with the Beet salad. This blew my wife’s mind. As a beet salad aficionado, she has ordered them all over the world. She says she is done, because she cannot top this one. I had the mushroom salad, which was very good. Then she had the tuna confit and I had a trout. Both of which were wonderful. The dessert was a wall of chocolate, which was good but nothing special. The wine was a 2004 McCrea Syrah Boushey Vineyards which was good but not as good as the 2003 McCrea Syrah Cuvée Orleans, we had at BOKA before heading out. 93/100.

Nishino- after a 2.5 mile walk in the rain, which we actually enjoyed, we were in the mood for some HOT sake, luckily they had more than just the lowly house brand. Very good. We had many pieces of sushi (but not omakase because of dietary restrictions), most were good, but not great. The black cod was outstanding; the asparagus salad was equally great. 90/100

Umbria café- just walking by, stopped in for some espresso, a panini and a chocolate croissant. All outstanding. 94/100.

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