Brimmer & Heeltap?
- kaleokahu Jan 24, 2014 08:49 PM
I couldn't resist a drive-by of this place tonight to pick up a menu sheet and check out the space. It's only been open for 9 days, but was 3/4 full.
I stopped because the location has been the holy of all holies, the Hagia Sophia of what has become Seattle's worship of food.
Very truncated menu (3 choices in each of "vegetable", "seafood" and "meat" categories), but inventive, Asian-gestured preparations. All entrees are offered in large or small plate sizes, running anywhere from $6 to $26. Most wines are offered by the glass, small carafe, and bottle.
The kitchen has been revealed, a (very well-stocked) bar installed in the main dining room, and the old Sanbar space has been opened, behind a partition stubwall, into the main room. Overall, a very classy, comfortable space.
I will try it soon, but has anyone been?
LOL. The ampersand thing makes my butt chew gum, too.
Whisenhut & Doak would've made some sense.
I'm going to try it anyway. They really have made it a comfortable space. I'm just not sure the Asian spin on things like rabbit crepinette are going to sustain them...
My husband and I had dinner here tonight. The standouts for us were the steak tartare, the smoked lamb shoulder with pickled vegetables and black bean sauce, and the triple ginger carrot cake.
We lucked out and got the table in the back, near the door to the patio. This table is next to a wall that is covered with signed menus from dozens of restaurants, mostly Seattle ones (Cafe Juanita, Lark, Poppy, Local 360, Lloyd Martin, Cascadia, Nell's, Tilth, Two Bells Tavern) and some from other cities (Olympic Provisions and The Country Cat from Portland were the ones I recognized). We had a blast looking at the them throughout the meal.
We'll definitely be back. We really liked the food and the ambiance of the space.
This has been on my list for a few months now, and we finally got there tonight - what a delight! It's a low-key place in an interesting location, with simple decor and a nice atmosphere.
It might be a neighborhood to watch, as we found out that Slate Coffee is right across the street (we saw some of their baristas having drinks on the Brimmer patio, so we went and talked to them after dinner - they describe their coffee as 3.5 wave - going to try this tomorrow.
Anyway, I had a cocktail (a modified Manhattan called a Ballardvardier) that was really nicely mixed and balanced, and my wife had a nice Schooner Exact Emerald ISA, which she enjoyed as well. Very helpful service was also notable, with friendly suggestions on the drinks and food.
For dinner, we opted for a light meal of the "bread" (which exceeded my expectations and was well worth the $4 charge) and three shared plates. The "legumes" were a mixed blend of different green and yellow beans in a simple but wonderful combination of tamarind and miso, which produced a wonderful blend of sweet and umami flavors. It was so good we sopped it all up with the bread (a thick half-loaf of Grand Central bread, properly broiled and slathered in Plugra butter, salt and pepper).
For our second course we had a special - black cod "bi bim bap" - a deconstructed dish in a bowl, with a beautifully cooked piece of cod, some pickled shishito peppers, shredded lettuce, a poached egg yolk and rice - another delectable combination of well-balanced flavors and textures that we just couldn't stop eating.
For our third dish we had the broiled pork shoulder (think kalbi) with kimchi apple slices - a simple but perfectly prepared and seasoned combination.
It's so refreshing to see simple, well-prepared, clever (but not TOO clever) food prepared properly and served in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere without attitude. Seems like that should be easy, but it was surprising in a good way.
We'll be back again - I'm afraid if this gets discovered any more than it is now, they'll get overrun and we'll have to find another place to haunt. But meantime...go try it.