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Recommendation for 3 days (French, seafood)

carcassone Dec 25, 2013 11:12 AM

Will be in Seattle end of Jan for 3 days (3 dinners and 3 lunches) with my adult daughter. Looking for fine and casual dining options. Can be high end but not outrageously expensive. ($150pp max)

Looking for:
- Good French with seared foie gras
- seafood (of course) Walrus & Carpenter is on the list. Any others not to miss?
- Tapas
- Indonesian/Singaporean
- Hungarian (goulash)
- Cantonese jook

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Scrofula RE: carcassone Dec 25, 2013 08:34 PM

    Taylor Shellfish is a good casual spot for, well, shellfish. I haven't found any actual Indonesian restaurants, but there's a place called Satay in Wallingford with a few Indonesian dishes.

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      sweetpotater RE: carcassone Dec 26, 2013 01:19 PM

      This is not a strong tapas city, but Terra Plata in Capitol Hill is tapas-ish and good.

      1. babette feasts RE: carcassone Dec 26, 2013 07:20 PM

        Harvest Vine for tapas, or Pintxo.

        I agree on not much in the way of Indo/Singaporean, but there are a few Malaysian places if that's close enough. I've heard good things about Kedai Makan, which is basically a take-out window with a limited menu, and Malay Satay Hut has roti canai, nasi lemak, singaporean noodles, bak kut teh, hainanese chix rice...

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          AmbroseBurnside RE: babette feasts Dec 29, 2013 12:03 PM

          Kedai Makan is simply amazing. Their roti is great, and the rotating specials I've tried have been (and I use this word very rarely) mind-blowing. If you're in the mood for a casual evening and a taste of the Capitol Hill scene, you can order something there and eat it at the dive-ish bar next door (specializes in ginger beer-based bevs). They've got a nice little symbiotic eats/drinks relationship going on.

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            maigre RE: AmbroseBurnside Jan 4, 2014 10:56 AM

            I'll echo AmbroseBurnside's words which, as he/she pointed out, are not exaggerated. On a recent trip, I ate plenty of good food, but none of it stands out the way that Kedai Makan did.

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          FoodDee RE: carcassone Dec 26, 2013 08:42 PM

          Aragona for small plates/Tapas

          1. RandyBobandy RE: carcassone Dec 28, 2013 01:35 PM

            Olivar is good spanish with some small plates. Le Pichet and Cafe Presse have standard French lunch stuff. So does Campagne and Maximilien. Pintxo is good bar/tapas. Rock Creek is good new seafood in Fremont

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              carcassone RE: carcassone Dec 29, 2013 11:55 AM

              How about Italian? Any not to miss?

              As for seafood, except for Walrus & Carpenter, I'm a little lost as there are too many choices. Any other not to miss?

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                kaleokahu RE: carcassone Dec 29, 2013 03:25 PM

                Hard to beat Il Terrazo Carmine and Salvatore in my book. If you're into buzzy places, Spinasse, Rione XIII. Branzino gets honorable mention.

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                  FoodDee RE: kaleokahu Dec 29, 2013 06:12 PM

                  I'd pick Anchovies and Olives over Rione XIII and it would also combine seafood & Italian.

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                    kaleokahu RE: FoodDee Dec 29, 2013 08:25 PM

                    Hi, Dee:

                    +1. FWIW, I'm not a big fan of Rione (or Stowell either). But it's trendy, if that counts for anything.


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                      FoodDee RE: kaleokahu Dec 29, 2013 11:01 PM

                      I do like some of Ethan's restaurants but glad to see that he is starting to do something new.

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                christy319 RE: carcassone Dec 30, 2013 01:41 PM

                Seafood: Rock Creek, Westward and Taylor Shellfish. I pick Rock Creek and Westward over anything downtown because they are locals places in real neighborhoods, and have great food and cool spaces. Westward is my current favorite--they are right on Lake Union amid the boats with a cool view and a fire pit. I like sitting at the bar looking outside and having $1 oysters for happy hour. You could have oysters and wine there then move on to Rock Creek for dinner--they are less than a couple miles apart. And Taylor is fun because it's so ultra casual--order at the counter, and it doesn't get any fresher.

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                  mrnelso RE: carcassone Dec 30, 2013 07:39 PM

                  Perche No, in Wallingford/Woodland Park, has Malaysian night now and again.

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                    carcassone RE: carcassone Jan 1, 2014 11:26 PM

                    How about restaurants with view? First priority is food but being from out of town, it will be nice to enjoy the scenic side of Seattle, too. Prefer view from enclosed since I don't like my food getting cold.

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                      Brunhilde RE: carcassone Jan 2, 2014 12:41 PM

                      Ray's Boathouse has a good view of the sound, Ivar's Salmon House has a good view of Lake Union. I like to sit upstairs at Ray's for a drink and a bowl of clams.

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                        forkit RE: Brunhilde Jan 2, 2014 05:16 PM

                        I like Rays cafe or bar for something simple like a bowl of clams and an unusual view of the entrance to the ship canal and the Shilshole Marina. Le Pichet is nice all day from eight to late. Everything is delicious within a small menu.

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                        Gizmo56 RE: carcassone Jan 2, 2014 02:08 PM

                        You will NEED to be "enclosed" at this time of year, the temperatures are too cold in January for deck seating. Also, the views in winter may not be all that impressive, we get steady fog and drizzle that tend to limit visibility.

                        I agree with Brunhilde's advice, but don't go Ivar's Salmon House expecting a great meal. On the south end of Lake Union stop in for a drink and some bites at A Terrible Beauty and enjoy the view of the lake and the city: http://www.aterriblebeauty.com/ A truly great landmark Seattle restaurant with a sweeping water and skyline view is Canlis: http://canlis.com/

                        There are some restaurants in the Pike Place Market that provide nice views of Elliot Bay. There is a corner table in the Steelhead Diner that has a very nice view of the Bay with the Market stalls in the foreground (and they serve excellent seafood: http://www.steelheaddiner.com/ ). Also stop by Maximilien and Place Pigalle.

                        There is a restaurant in West Seattle called Salty's that has striking views of the downtown skyline across the water. Unfortunately, like Ivar's, their food is not the reason to be there. The same situation prevails at the revolving restaurant atop the Space Needle. Same again with Cutter's by the Pike Place Market. All mediocre and pricey for what they are.

                        In late January, my advice would be to ride a ferry, and perhaps make an excursion to Snoqualamie Falls in the Cascade foothills (having a late breakfast at the Salish Lodge: http://www.salishlodge.com/index.php ) to enjoy the local scenery. Then choose your restaurants based solely on the food, service, and decor, rather than the views, which are apt to be murky at this time of the year.

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                          Brunhilde RE: Gizmo56 Jan 3, 2014 10:44 AM

                          Yeah, I pretty much only go to Ivar's for Happy Hour. I did have a pretty decent french dip (at happy hour prices) there on New Year's Day. Does anyone else think the bar area feels weird since the remodel? The view is still great, at least. Maybe when summer comes and they have outdoor seating open the atmosphere will be different.

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                          FoodDee RE: carcassone Jan 2, 2014 03:41 PM

                          The new Aragona has a view and great food.

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                            terrier RE: carcassone Jan 3, 2014 12:49 AM

                            I think you can get in and out of Canlis - which has a spectacular setting - for under $150/pp. (N.B. there aren't many places in Seattle where I'd be uncomfortable without a jacket, but this is one of them.)

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