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Aileron Girl Oct 19, 2011 10:42 PM

Hello Foodies,

I am interested in possibly taking my husband to the Corson Building for his birthday. Their website doesn't give a lot of info. Can anyone tell me a little more about the food, atmosphere, seating arrangements (shared tables?), and appropriate attire?

Cheers,
AG

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The Corson Building
5609 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

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    Lauren RE: Aileron Girl Oct 20, 2011 11:39 AM

    I haven't been in a while so I can't talk to the current menu offerings. The dining room consists of three or four large communal tables. It reminds me of dining in a French chateau or something like that. A bit rustic with copper pieces, crocks, etc around the room. It used to be that everyone ate at the same time - which meant for some milling about time before you were seated. We wandered around and checked out the chicken coops etc. I don't know if that is still the case. When I went the attire was casual.

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      SeattleSam RE: Aileron Girl Oct 26, 2011 08:41 AM

      As noted, the seating is all communal and food is (usually) served family-style. There's one platter of food that is passed around the table. The atmosphere is like being at a wonderfully chic dinner party. The food is simple, but delicious. Everything is first rate. It would be a wonderful place to celebrate a birthday (as I plan to do in January). As far as attire, you'll see it all -- people who dress up and people dressed casually. The staff is usually in jeans, so you won't feel out of place in jeans.

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        Aileron Girl RE: SeattleSam Oct 26, 2011 09:05 PM

        Thanks for the replies. Corson Building sounds fantastic only problem is my husband is not a fan of communal seating. Any other suggestions for a restaurant with great food and atmosphere?

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        The Corson Building
        5609 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

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          terrier RE: Aileron Girl Oct 26, 2011 09:53 PM

          Spinasse would be my recommendation. Chef's table if you're looking for a comprehensive experience, but a la carte in the dining room is fine as well. (They used to be mostly communal seating but finally - mercifully - relented and reconfigured their space more traditionally.)

          The Book Bindery is also in the same league and with a great space but is more refined, less rustic. (Here the heirloom tomato salad comes with a modernist horseradish panna cotta and the foie gras terrine comes on a plate clearly assembled with tweezers.)

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          Spinasse
          Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

          Book Bindery
          198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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            jlbwendt RE: Aileron Girl Oct 26, 2011 10:34 PM

            I think I remember reading that on weekdays they now do an a la carte menu. Maybe call and ask if that is communal too?

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              SeattleSam RE: Aileron Girl Oct 27, 2011 08:14 AM

              Well, if price is no object, I would do Chef's Table at Mistral Kitchen. It's an AMAZING experience and the food is top-notch.

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              Mistral Kitchen
              2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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            cocktailhour RE: Aileron Girl Oct 27, 2011 05:38 PM

            I agree with the Chef's Table at Mistral and disagree with Book Bindery. It is more refined in atmosphere, but I did not think the food reached superlative. It was derivative? trying to hard? I was in an off mood? I have not done Chef's Table at Spinasse, but would like to. Another idea, depending on what you are looking for, is Staple and Fancy. Atmosphere is casual and louder, more lively than Mistral. Get the "Fancy" for $45 per person--lots of small plates for apps (we have been served 6-8), a pasta, a main, and dessert, all chef''s choice. I really enjoy it, and it does not feel stuffy like some multi-course meals are. All courses are served family style to the table, which just means my husband and I when it's the two of us.

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            Spinasse
            Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

            Book Bindery
            198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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