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Foie Gras in Seattle?

carcassone Dec 25, 2013 11:02 AM

Coming up from CA, where foie gras is banned. Where can I find good seared foie gras in Seattle?

I found this post but it's over a year old:

Thanks in advance.

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  1. kaleokahu RE: carcassone Dec 25, 2013 03:26 PM

    RN74 and Bastile, for sure.

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      babette feasts RE: kaleokahu Dec 25, 2013 09:28 PM

      I just had the foie torchon at RN74, which was lovely, as was the rest of the meal (with the exception of the pan d' epices on said torchon, which I didn't care for at all). Not sure if they have seared, but it looks like Loulay does. Quinn's usually has some form of foie gras available, but it is not exactly a fancy french setting.

    2. chartreauxx RE: carcassone Dec 25, 2013 11:22 PM

      lark does some beautiful foie preparations.

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        FoodDee RE: carcassone Dec 26, 2013 07:32 AM

        Cafe Juanita & Crush

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          Brunhilde RE: carcassone Dec 26, 2013 11:36 AM

          Mistral Kitchen for sure! I've had it at Spur, as well, but it doesn't look like it's on their regular menu so it may have been a special (or they rotated it off).

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            Jeri L RE: carcassone Dec 26, 2013 04:48 PM

            It's on Altura's current menu.

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              Lauren RE: carcassone Dec 27, 2013 10:40 AM

              My brother, up visiting from Los Angeles, ordered it at Loulay last night.

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                carcassone RE: carcassone Jan 18, 2014 03:16 PM

                Does any of the above suggested restaurants offers view?

                What about Maximilien? Certainly has a great view. Its menu has seared foie gras, oysters, onion soup and scallops. All sounds great but is it a snobby tourist trap?

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                  chartreauxx RE: carcassone Jan 18, 2014 04:20 PM

                  i've had lovely experiences at maximilien, and i've had a few bad. i haven't been back in years. they were always hit and miss for me, and other places are as good or better, and more consistent.

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                    FoodDee RE: chartreauxx Jan 18, 2014 04:26 PM

                    Had heard really good things about Maximilien in the past but more recent reviews have been poor. Some friends wanted to meet there of HH a couple of months ago and unfortunately we were very underimpressed. Definitely better places to go.

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                      carcassone RE: FoodDee Jan 18, 2014 06:11 PM

                      The ONLY reason I would consider Maximillien is because of the view. I don't think any of the restaurants mentioned has a view, is that correct?

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                        chartreauxx RE: carcassone Jan 18, 2014 07:23 PM

                        i believe that is correct. i suppose it depends if you're looking for foie, or looking for a view. in my experience, maximilien ranges from quite disappointing to reasonably passable. the real problem is the bill: it's extremely pricey for what you get (IMHO).

                        however, they also offer a happy hour on from 5-7 M-F. you could go for drinks and apps and get your view on, then go someplace better for dinner. there's even foie on the happy hour menu for $12. if that sounds amenable.

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                          FoodDee RE: chartreauxx Jan 18, 2014 08:59 PM

                          I think the foie on the HH menu is a torchon since it says cured, so probably not what the poster wanted. It sounds like the best bet is going somewhere really good that has foie and someplace else that is good for the view. I'd certainly advise the food and view in the lounge of Aragona over the food and view at Maximilian if they want to stay in the Market area.

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                            chartreauxx RE: FoodDee Jan 19, 2014 12:49 PM

                            oops my bad! didn't read the details, just did ctrl-f for "foie" :-) good catch

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                  carcassone RE: carcassone Jan 20, 2014 03:04 PM

                  Thank you for all the suggestions. I've narrowed down to 3:
                  Lark, Mistral Kitchen and Loulay.

                  All 3 have foie gras in their standard menu. Is anyone better than the others? I'm thinking of Lark because of the small plates and fair amount of seafood options as well.

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                    chartreauxx RE: carcassone Jan 21, 2014 05:22 PM

                    i've had good experiences at both lark and at mistral; haven't been to loulay. worth noting: i've eaten both of lark's foie dishes, but i don't believe either was seared. i know the starter is a torchon; i don't specifically remember. they do change their menu up frequently, though, so it might be worth calling to check if you're really set on *seared* foie.

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                    Foodtwosome RE: carcassone Jan 25, 2014 11:30 PM

                    Our favorite place for fois gras is in Fremont --- Bookbindery. Whole menu is fabulous, but fois gras terrine is special!

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