Friends Relocating to Seattle: Best restaurant to send them to?
Some good friends here in Portland (Maine) are relocating to Seattle in a few weeks...he got a promotion...and off they go immediately.
As a congratulations/going away gift we wanted to get them a gift certificate to a restaurant in Seattle...what would be your recommendation?
We've had many a fun dinner with these people both here and traveling...they enjoy food and are adventurous. Just no raw fish...he had to have a kidney transplant and raw fish is now off the table...
Thanks in advance!
Based on my recent experience - Canlis. And do ask for a window table. Good food, fine wine list and the best service I have experienced for a long while.
For food type...they are pretty wide open to anything with the exception of raw fish (and meat) due to his health considerations. I would prefer to send them somewhere in the fine dining vein...although I'm sure that there are many casual gems in the area. Not limiting the budget on this one...so anywhere is okay.
They aren't sure where they will land yet...just received word of the promotion on Friday...but did mention that it appeared many of the best school districts were on the east/northeast side?
Canlis looks great...the menu is making me hungry...do I remember it popping up on a Top Chef episode?
Yes, Canlis was a venue for Top Chef (I recall the contestants were challenged to recreate the 1950's era house salad).
The suggestion strikes me as perfect. Canlis is a historic Seattle restaurant with an outstanding view, and arguably our only semi-formal "fine dining" experience. A perfect Seattle gift.
I've done the Herbfarm only once... this after Jerry Traunfeld's tenure. I found the wine flight much more memorable than the food.
The ambiance at Canlis is like no other spot in the city, and they do treat you like royalty, but the food is hit-or-miss. Whereas Cafe Juanita's menu is solid from top to bottom, and their service has also been outstanding during each of my many visits. Their venue is perfect for a romantic date night -- classy but not stuffy.
Yes! Its a pity that a fine dining establishment like Canlis has food that is 'hit-or-miss'. However, I am starting to find this type of inconsistency becoming the norm even in Michelin 3 stars all over the world. Chefs becoming complacent? No more do I see an entire meal filled with 'wow factor' from start to finish as in the good old days. Similar 'hit and miss' I had most recently include 3 stars by famed chef like Jean George Vigoritcten, Pierre Gagnaire and even Robuchon. However, years ago, a meal at say Troigros or George Blanc can be almost perfect!
High priced places:
Spur (Not for everyone, sous vide might be a no-go for your friends too, but I really enjoy Spur, their cocktails are amazing)
Not quite as pricey but still very good:
2 place I have not been but feel confident in throwing out there: