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Prelude at McCaw Hall

laurahutch | Oct 6, 200810:19 AM

So, my sister and I had dinner at Prelude on Friday night before the ballet. We had not eaten at the place that was there before so I can't compare. That said, we were pretty pleased. The menu had just changed and so what we were offered was not what I had found on the web site. The waitress asked if we'd been before and then explained a bit about the menu: The "small plates" were indeed small and we shouldn't expect to make a meal of them. Duly noted. My sister ordered the pumpkin soup off the small plates menu and a panani with salami off the entree menu. I ordered the goat cheese crostini for us to share and the chicken with couscous. We split a bottle of the viognier on the wine list. (They had glass, half and full bottles on offer.)

The wine was excellent and at $36 not too ungodly. The soup and crostini came out VERY fast. The pumpkin soup was lovely, very fall-y with nice spicing. Not a huge portion (as promised) but tasty. The crostini was good. A nice cheese with a tapenade that had a bit of a kick to it. Then, sadly, we sat. For quite a long time. We sat. At one point the waitress came over and said that our meals were coming up and still... we sat. Not horribly long but longer than we should have. Our food, when we got it was not quite as good as the small plates we'd alread had. The panini was a little much, according to my sister. Too much cheese and... goop. Just a bit sloppy and overmuch. My chicken was good, nicely done. The sauce was a red pepper, tomato-y sauce with toasted almonds. Really nice texture with the couscous but I'd have to say the flavors weren't the most subtle. It wasn't bad, by any means, just not something to write home about either.

So, overall I'd say give it a shot and give them some time. The service thing will have to be worked out. We had a 6:00 reservation and really just made our 7:30 show, with having to pick up tickets. The couple next to use sat down probably around 6:30 and they were being served their entree at about 7:10 and sent it back, not wanting to scarf down their meal in 10 minutes. Waitress clearly knew there was a problem and was apologetic. Given that they're only open for events and just opened for Aida, they've really only been up and running 4-5 weeks, I suppose. It'll take them a while to get there. But we'll go back. I'll be curious to se what others have to say.

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