My wife and I ate tonight a Persimmon in Fremont. It was our second time there and we asked ourselves why we hadn't been back sooner. It's unpretentious but upscale at the same time. The menu is not large but has something for everyone, including the reasonably-priced wine list. The quality is excellent -- with great ingredients, excellent preparation, and top notch presentation (warm plates, change of silverware with each course, etc.). Our server was friendly, informative, and low-key.
We had the warm olives, pate and potato pancakes with lox as appetizers. The olives were simple but excellent. The pate was creamy, rich and satisfying. The potato pancakes were simple but flavorful and perfectly prepared, and the lox and sour cream/herb spread were oustanding. We shared the pumpkin soup -- deeply flavorful without too much cream, and the fish of the day special -- halibut perfectly prepared with excellent mushrooms.
The wine list is a small but thoughtfully-selected group of reasonably-priced bottles from Europe and the northwest, with almost all of the wines available by the glass.
This place is outstanding and an excellent value. It has that rare combination of being comfortable, great quality and delivers a lot bang for the buck. It doesn't have the buzz or celebrity chef like some places in town, but it should be a huge hit among word-of-mouth locals with a taste for quality but an eye for value. Seattle is lucky to have it.