Had dinner at Restaurant Zoe for the second time during Dine Out for Life. This was one of the best meals I have had in Seattle in a while! Even the non-stand outs were above average.
Let me start with service. It was so nice not being treated as if the restaurant was doing us a favor by feeding us. Our server was warm and knowledgeable about both the wine list and the menu. He really helped make the evening lovely.
My Boola cocktail was delicious and refreshing after a hard day. Admittedly the “hyper-locality” of the gin did make me feel a bit like I was in an episode of Portlandia but maybe that was just the company. ;)
We had all “snacks” and small plates and many were great all were better than average. Started with a special duck confit appetizer with cold celeriac pure, and frites with bernaise. YUM I had never had cold celeriac in puree formed before but it was really delicious with the confit, & who doesn’t love fried potatoes!!!!!
2 salads came next one asparagus with a smoked duck egg, although the egg could have used some salt (no salt on the table so…) It was delicious. Roasted endive with apricot was a real stand out; the endive was creamy and paired with the tartness of the apricots. I was one happy boy.
Finally lab ribs w/black lentils and tamarind, probably my favorite dish of the evening and I don’t usually like lentils. Meat was tender, tart, fatty superb. Gnudi (YUM) papradelle with Bolognese was the least interesting dish of the evening but still better then much of what we see in Seattle.
3 desserts a chocolate orb with coco sabl delicious, peanut macaroons (my favorite I could eat them by the dozen) and buttermilk panna cotta. All of which were outstanding!
4 big boys left very satisfied. My dining companions and I had recently eaten at another restaurant on the Hill that is garnering much praise. Which we were VERY unimpressed with, I said to them as we were leaving “that meal was ½ the price of @1=^4@ and none of the attitude.” I really can’t wait to go back.