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Recommendations at Rover's?

I'm taking Wahine to Rover's for her La Hanau (birthday) dinner later this week, and am curious what other Hounds have found particularly good here.

Mahalo,
Kaleo

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  1. Are you thinking of ordering a la carte? I think whichever tasting menu suits your budget is a better option than a la carte, and you can always add the caviar egg, foie gras, or a cheese plate. When I worked there, it seemed that at least 95% of diners went for one of the menus, so that is where the focus goes. TR has a huge pet peeve about skimpy cheese plates, so if you like cheese Rover's does it right.

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    1. re: babette feasts

      Hi, babette:

      Thank you so much.

      Aloha,
      Kaleo

      1. re: kaleokahu

        Any time. The menu changes frequently, and I doubt many of us go often enough to really get a sens of what's good this week. They are very good about accommodating allergies and special requests, and you should even be able to switch out a course from another menu if there is something you have to have.

        1. re: babette feasts

          Hi, Babette:

          Wahine's b-day dinner was quite good. Your recommendation of the cheese plate was spot on. We had the shortest of the tasting menus, and were glad we did not eat and spend more. Dinner was quite a bit more expensive than Wahine was comfortable with me spending, and the wine prices are, to be honest, ridiculous. Not one ingredient was identified or identifiable as being regional, let alone local.

          I did enjoy meeting Thierry, and he gave me some pointers on cooking on my "new" wood/coal cookstove. Very nice man.

          $300 for a "budget" dinner for two... For me that had better be a multiple mouthgasm. Rover's now participates in the Passport Lifestyle 2-fer thing. so maybe we'll be back.

          Aloha,
          Kaleo

          1. re: kaleokahu

            Glad you liked the cheese and got a dose of Thierry's charm. Did any other courses stand out? How was dessert?

            Very surprised about the lack of local ingredients. Granted, February in Washington is hardly cornucopia time when it comes to produce, but meat and fish should still be available. Do you think things were decidedly out of season or not local, or did they just not make a big deal about mentioning it? The farmers who deal with restaurants in the summer all shut down delivery over the winter. For example, Full Circle still does its CSA, but not wholesale until the local growing season gets going. Only apples and pears coming out of eastern WA for another while until asparagus starts. Oregon hothouse rhubarb is just beginning. Anything beyond root veg, cabbage, and potatoes is coming from CA or beyond.

            Next time request a menu without prices for Wahine? ;)

            1. re: babette feasts

              Hi, Babette:

              Stand out? Hmmm... The first course was a trio of 3T cauliflower soup, a single escargot, and a fingernail-sized chunk of paste (already forgotten), pretty unremarkable and dissonant. Then there was a pear gratinee that was quite good. Then a small piece of pan-seared dorado with gnocchi, the former just OK and the latter rich and good. Then a piece of sauteed Guinea hen breast with mushrooms in a wine reduction. A tiny single terrine of smoked trout--also good. Dessert was a small unbrowned merringue with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a chocolate truffle.

              The odd part about this meal for me was that high prices and haute cuisine usually drive me the *other* way, i.e., I usually have high expectations and subjectively seem to enjoy the meal *more* if it's $$$. This was a little different. The wine list's rapacious pricing didn't help. At first the sommelier talked down to me--until he found out I am a winemaker. In a way it just felt like a gratuitous disgorgement of money without the "Damn, I'm going to remember *that* meal for a long time!" reaction.

              Good suggestion about the non-price menu.

              Aloha,
              Kaleo

              1. re: kaleokahu

                Thanks for the details, sounds less than amazing.

                1. re: kaleokahu

                  kaleokahu, your experience is about the same as mine was a couple of years ago. I've been back for brunch but I doubt I will have dinner there again any time soon.

                  1. re: Lauren

                    Hi, Lauern:

                    I suppose I appreciate the validation, but might be more pleased to have been wrong.

                    Aloha,
                    Kaleo

                      1. re: kaleokahu

                        I hope you try it again some time. Every meal I have had at Rovers has been truly memorable. Now and then one item might not interest ...but the place has always really delivered for me.

                        1. re: DonJ

                          Hi, Don:

                          Hmmm... Considering how many fabulous meals $300 will buy in Seattle, it may be awhile. Since Rover's now accepts the Passport Lifestyle 2-fer card, we may be back for something ala carte. They won't get a third chance. Is their corkage as inflated as their wine list?

                          Aloha,
                          Kaleo

          2. re: babette feasts

            I agree with the tasting menu. Very good and worth the splurge. I think we've also done it where SO and I have gotten different dishes on our tasting menus so we could try even more things. Yum!

            1. re: babette feasts

              +1! Babette, nice to know you used to work for Thierry. He is a sweet man. My BF is one of the 'founder's club for Luc, so we regularly get to visit with him.

              We have eaten at Rover's a couple of times, and the tasting menu is always a good value, well presented. And yes, one of the best cheese plates in town:)