Last weekend, I was so excited to try the new Veil in Lower Queen Anne. I had driven by and thought the design looked interesting. The reviews were mixed, but it looked a bit different than other Seattle places.
The rosemary belini I had was great, and it's a joy to sit in the bar where they have white leather booths. They even have a long, low communal counter you can sit at (not too comfy if you're taller than 5' though).
After our drink, we got seated at the pristine white tables, similar to the ones at Crush. I know the material can stain rather easily. They had used some bleach to clean the table, and the odor was overwhelming.
The menu was quite pricey (small plates, $11-$19 & entrees, $24-30), but OK if the food is amazing. It wasn't. The waitress suggested that we each get three plates to have enough food too. We got the fois gras with peanut butter and jelly. The peanut butter was too powerful and took over the entire dish, so you couldn't taste the fois gras. The tuna was the best entrée with pesto, a poached egg and pasta. The pasta was cooked at different levels though with one piece being firm, the next soggy. The Kobe beef appetizer was good, but more like brisket. Seemed like a cheap cut of meat even if it was Kobe beef. The food just wasn't that interesting for the price. It left you hungry and wanting more.
We ended our experience going to the bathroom. Veil has three co-ed bathrooms that look cool with frosted glass. The lock is so difficult on the door though that everyone was walking in on each other. Saw it happen twice while I was waiting in line!
Overall, Veil seems to be trying too hard. Perhaps in a city like LA where you go to a place with cool design, but mediocre fancy food just because it's owned by Ashton Kosher - that formula doesn't work in Seattle... especially when the owner isn't in US Weekly all the time.
May go back for drinks, but that's it.
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