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Le Pichet or Bastille?

kaleokahu Dec 16, 2010 11:56 AM

Can't do both any time soon, gotta pick one. Which and why?

Le Pichet
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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    firecracker RE: kaleokahu Dec 16, 2010 08:26 PM

    Maximillian at the Market.

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      pusherman RE: kaleokahu Dec 18, 2010 05:18 PM

      Bastille is kind of a greatest hits of french cooking, and can be noisy and crowded (also a tough table to reserve). On my one visit, I thought it was good, not great. I love Le Pichet, always-changing menu, interesting food, a good value, and an intimate (if noisy) room. Reminds me more of actually being in France.

      Le Pichet
      Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

      1. val ann c RE: kaleokahu Dec 18, 2010 09:52 PM

        I love le Pichet.
        I've never been to Bastille. We walked past there this chilly evening. It looks cozy and fun. There's a bar table by the front window. It has a small firepit in the center. That's where I would want to sit.

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          cocktailhour RE: kaleokahu Dec 21, 2010 09:42 AM

          Le Pichet. Bastille has more of a full menu and full experience, but Le Pichet has better food.

          Le Pichet
          Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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            mmadsen RE: kaleokahu Dec 21, 2010 07:47 PM

            Pichet, no question. Pichet is what happens when a restauranteur builds something over a period of time, developing a style and a craft. Bastille is what happens when a bunch of investors hire a guy who used to do something like Pichet to build one "off the shelf" for them.

            Bastille is good, slightly generic, and a fine place to grab a drink while you wait for a reso someplace else in Ballard; the back bar is particularly good for this. But Pichet is the real deal, an actual bistro that's run like a bistro by people who care about getting it right.

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              gingershelley RE: mmadsen Jan 20, 2011 04:46 PM

              Thank you! Your comment is right on. A 'crafted restaurant", not a Bistro of craft...

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              oliveoyl RE: kaleokahu Jan 1, 2011 04:57 PM

              unhesitatingly Le Pichet, the food is so much better + I think Bastille seems like it’s a restaurant designed to really be a bar serving food

              Le Pichet
              Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

              1. klsalas RE: kaleokahu Jan 4, 2011 03:50 PM

                Bastille. I have eaten at Bastille dozens and dozens of times since they opened. Shannon Galusha worked at Campagne as well as Veil and Jason Stoneburner hails from How to Cook a Wolf. They are top chefs and I would put their food up there with any French restaurant in town -- though they specialize is more rustic dishes and not haut cuisine. Amongst the many stand outs on the menus are housemade forcemeats and the produce that comes from their rooftop garden (obviously more a factor in Summer). Le Pichet is charming and I don't have a bad word to say about Jim Drohman but I love Bastille.

                PS It's really not that tough a reservation. It is a big space and I tend to find that there are a number of spots for walk ins. That being it can be busy on weekends.

                Le Pichet
                Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

                86 Pine, Seattle, WA 98101

                Bastille Cafe & Bar
                5307 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107

                1. caraely RE: kaleokahu Jan 24, 2011 08:45 PM

                  Pichet. It's small, crowded, imperfect, but the food is delicious (I am instantly craving their french onion soup), and it's in downtown Seattle. Bastille is big and cavernous, much more corporate, and the clientele can be much more hit or miss, in my opinion. ("Miss" being a group of what appeared to be middle-aged ex-fraternity members, over from the Eastside to talk too loudly about red wine.) Pichet is mostly couples or other two-tops, a few foursomes, but the space is tight.

                  I've had poor service at both locations; Pichet because there was a blase attitude, Bastille because of inexperience and snippiness. I was more forgiving of it at Pichet because it fit so well with the rest of the experience, which does feel very French. ;)

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