I'm hoping for your best insight on the following hypothetical:
Imagine long-time Seattle resident and serious foodie (that would be me, but could be you) anticipating a single meal with a "friend" in town for a short visit (we'll call this person "European visitor"). Imagine that this sybarite dines out frequently and well in London, Paris, and New York. Imagine that you want to take EV out for a meal at a restaurant that is not necessarily romantic, but perhaps small and intimate, that measures up to some of the really great restaurants to which EV is accustomed (think Petrus, Spring, WD-50). Imagine, further, that money is no, or little object. A great wine list is a plus.
Mistral would have been the obvious choice, but with with Mistral closed I'm at a loss. Matt's in the Market is noisy and can be a little rushed, and lately I've found it inconsistent. I'm thinking perhaps Harvest Vine, perhaps Tilth, perhaps Crush, but I haven't hit upon the choice that feels right for the occasion.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!