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Seattle report, in brief

Scott L. | Apr 18, 200110:41 PM

Hi all, and thanks to everyone for your suggestions from a couple of weeks ago. I had two and a half days in seattle, and so chose the following food experiences:

Lunch on Wednesday, April 11: Sazerac. I was staying at the Four Seasons, and Sazerac was just up the street. Had a late lunch there, and had a wonderful gumbo and a quail etoufee. The food was really excellent, and they had a nice selection of wines by the glass, which can be rare. I skipped dessert, but found the place to be fun, the food to be excellent, and the service good.

Dinner: Palace Kitchen. A Tom Douglas place. I was alone, and found a seat at the bar, which I always love as a lone diner. Bar areas always seem more hospitable to lone diners. Had the Manila Clams in a lemony broth, followed by a ricotta and spring onion ravioli with fennel and other good things. Really excellent. I loved sitting at the bar to watch the semi-open kitchen. Cool place.

Dinner: Thursday, April 12. Le Pichet. My meetings ran somewhat late, and I sort of just stumbled onto Le Pichet. I found it to be charming and tasty. I don't know much about the place, but started with a great pork terrine, served with cornichons, etc. and then followed that with a wonderful seared venison loin served over a bubbling gratin of fennel and potatoes. Absolutely great stuff, all washed down with red wine. Dessert was a strawberry ice cream.

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