My wife and I visited Seattle last weekend and tried a few differnt places.
The first night we went to Earth and Ocean in the W for a company dinner. I was impressed with the food. Appetizers included dungeoness crab salad and a great raw salmon dish. Entrees were better. I had a Hawaiian Snapper in lemongrass? broth with fresh vegetables. Everything was incredibly fresh, though very simple. The vegetables tasted like they had been picked shortly before the meal. I sampled an oxtail sheperd's pie, which was really incredible. Decadent oxtail served in a ring with scalloped potatoes. I sampled a wild king salmon as well, which was very fresh though not overly interesting. The wine list was fairly extensive. I definitely felt like we were eating in a hotel though, and the place wasn't full the whole night. On my own dime, I probably wouldn't pick it but as I was a guest for a business dinner with my wife's company I was very pleased.
For lunch the next day we tried Elliot's Oyster House. The weather was beautiful and the view was great at the water. We tried clams with andouille sausage which were quite good and very generously portioned. The main event was a sampling of a few dozen oysters. We particularly liked the Alaskan oysters, which were incredibly creamy and buttery. It was great to do a taste test of oysters from various spots around the country. Unfortunately, we got vicious food poisoning from the oysters, which ruined the rest of the trip. Luckily it didn't kick in until after we had Saturday dinner, though it caused us to cancel our Sunday night reservation at Brasa.
Saturday night we tried Flying Fish. I wasn't particularly impressed with the menu but was impressed with the wine list and service. Our waiter was very helpful in picking the wine and our dishes. Standout was the Thai Crab Cake. The grilled scallops we ordered tasted a little off and very charred, not very interesting. I found the preparations to be very rich, too much so for my taste. For the quality of the food, I did find the prices reasonable but am in no hurry to return.
The market was very enjoyable, though I was surprised by the lack of organic vendors. We did indulge in some local cherries and blueberries. I was quite jealous of the fish prices, particularly on halibut and mussels, which were considerably less expensive than San Francisco. Overall an enjoyable trip for the first half, and a visit to hell courtesy of Elliot's for the second half.