Based on the reports on this Board, my husband and I tried Mistral for one of our three dinners in Seattle. (The other two, at Dahlia Lounge and Place Pigalle, were really spectacular.)
While the food was, indeed, excellent, the peculiar service came close to spoiling it for me. My husband ordered a tasting menu with more courses than I did. The waiter basically tried to force me to keep pace with him, even though I said I didn't mind "sitting out" a course or two. (He was specifically insisting that I have the foie gras, which seemed odd given the fact that some people have strong feelings about that dish.)
The wine we ordered was unavailable. There were comparable selections, but the waiter again tried to insist on a bottle which was $45 more expensive. He looked aghast when we asked for tap water rather than bottled.
The room was more than half empty on a Thursday night, while other restaurants we passed were filled. Despite very good food, I think I can see why. Is this just me, or were they having a bad night?
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