We're North-enders, though mobile enough, looking for strategies for Restaurant Week.
We've picked a few targets from the (alphabetical) list and hope for comments and suggestions from hounds to help us explore:
Brad's Swingside Cafe
Emmer & Rye
...And whatever we've missed.
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
2107 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
4212 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
Just went to Mistral Kitchen and had the RW menu plus the hamachi crudo and a few oysters. I believe that Mistral Kitchen is the best restaurant that I have been to in Seattle. I am even contemplating their 200 dollar tasting menu now.
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
I went to Bastille last night for their Restaurant Week menu with my S.O. and the meal was spotty at best
With two glasses of wine we ordered the calf's liver and the grilled beef tongue for appetizers. Tongue was good, grilled well and served with some tasty greens. Liver was a large portion, but somewhat difficult to cut (I don't order liver often, mostly make my own chicken liver at home, so maybe it is always the case with calf liver). The liver was very rich and the surrounding onions/sauces were good. It was too bad the server didn't bring us any bread to soak up that sauce...
Main course: We ordered the halibut and the braised lamb. Halibut was alright, but a very very small portion. My S.O. thought the fish was cooked close to how it shoudld be, but I thought it was prepared similarly to how I would cook it at home, which would be overcooked. Braised lamb was good, a somewhat bigger portion, but still only or two or three tiny potatoes. Again, too bad we didn't have any leftover bread from our appetizers.
For dessert: Papillon Roquefort with date & hazelnut terrine was good. My S.O. stated it was the cheese's strength that made it worth ordering though; the preparation was pretty boring, too. I had the butter caramel fuellitine w/ butterscotch ice cream. This was good, very sweet, but it was still just ice cream, and its hard for me to give extra credit to a restaurant for good ice cream. Oh and guess what? We finally got some bread with our dessert! The server plopped a basket on our table when I was halfway through my ice cream. She didn't even say a word.
We did notice that the service at Bastille was strange. We had at least 4 or 5 different people serve us, and it wasn't the whole 'our entire staff is at your service' type of thing. I think it was such a slow evening that they did not have anything else to do. It made for a not-so-special meal.
I don't think we would eat at Bastille if it wasn't for Restaurant Week. I'm glad we tried it, as we walk by all the time, but we doubt we'll go back anytime soon.
Bastille Cafe & Bar
5307 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107
I went to Palisade last night for Restaurant Week and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with my meal! We were looking for a place last minute and they had reservations. Their view doesn't hurt either.
The starters are a bit boring (3 choices of salad) but their entrees made up for it. My husband got a very nicely cooked king salmon - simply grilled over a risotto cake, and it was fresh, lovely and not overdone. I got the Wagyu SIrloin with butter poached prawns, which was a nice portion and well executed. Desserts were not outstanding, but definitely more than okay. I got the Chocolate cake (great for chocolate lovers since it comes with choco-hazelnut ice cream AND two chocolate truffles) while hubby got the Banana Split. Both were very large portions. Service was a bit slow (the restaurant was very busy) but pleasant and professional. All in all, I would say the dishes weren't very inventive, but were well executed and solid all around. I would definitely recommend this place for Restaurant Week.
Went to Stumbling Goat for RW last night and wow were they packed! They did a good job, though. Starters we had mussels (light curry sauce, mussels were a little too soft for my taste) and the duck liver terrine (OMG - this and their apricot mustard were outstanding!). For mains we had the trout and a hanger steak. The fish was good - an ENTIRE brown trout with English peas and proscutto in a lemony sauce was quite nice, but waaaaay too big of a portion. Also would have liked a starch on the plate. The steak was also good - charred on the outside but rare to mid-rare on the inside, with odd purple potatoes (seemed overcooked to me). Desserts were also good - a special chocolate and pistachio terrine with raspberry coulis (meh for me, but SO loved it), and orange and milk chocolate pots de creme (YUM). Nice dinner, not breath taking, but pretty solid. Recommended.
Stumbling Goat's Restaurant Week menu seems very similar to their regular menu. The mussels and hanger steak w/ the purple potatoes were part of my meal there last fall. Is this a common thing for most of the places participating in Restaurant Week?
Either way, I think Stumbling Goat is exactly how you stated it. Solid. They do these items quite well, so I don't think its a bad thing that they stuck with what they are great at.
Being new to Seattle (moved from DC in March), choosing just one place for RW was rough but I chose Crush knowing that it would be a good contender for the $25 menu.
We enjoyed the pork belly and salad courses, as well as the steak and donuts, but were disappointed by the varying levels of service.
I expected some service issues given the RW rush, but was really turned off after waiting 15+ minutes before anyone acknowledged us, poured water, etc. We're young, and probably wouldn't have eaten at Crush if it weren't for the $25 menu, but still...it felt like I was back in Uptight DC, not laid-back Seattle.;)
In any case, food was delicious. I'm excited to try more of what seattle has to offer!
I had a similar experience with poor service at Crush on my first and only visit there a couple years ago. The food was great, but Seattle has too many restaurants with both great food *and* service to give my money to one that only has the food component down, so I haven't been back.
I live in the North End too. Tried to get a reservation at Nell's on Sunday night (I called late in the day) and the hostess said they were booked until 9 pm that evening because of the special. I'm going to try there again though- I love that place. I also want to try Tilth. We ate there once right after they first opened and I thought it was really overpriced. I want to go back on the cheap and give it another try. I keep reading so many good things about it that I think I must have missed something.