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Sitka & Spruce: Modern Pacific NW Cuisine and Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar

mlbartender | Jan 8, 201511:08 PM

Earlier, I had been initially hesitant of how the dishes at Sitka & Spruce were small and overpriced in addition to being overrated. However, I was very glad that was disproved as I had a wonderful meal with an all-vegetarian dish being my second favorite dish of my Seattle trip (The Sea Bass at Canlis being my most favorite). If you're visiting out of town and want to try one of Seattle's trendy restaurants serving modern Pacific NW cuisine, Sitka & Spruce should be on your list. They even open during lunch if you have other restaurants on your itinerary. The next day, I went to the Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar next door within the Melrose Market in Capital Hill which is a short walk from downtown.

Lunch Menu at Sitka & Spruce

photo credit: The Metropolitan Lounge

Black Cod Brandade with Sourdough, Apple and Cultured Cream

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If eaten by itself, the Black Cod Brandade would have been too aggressively fishy. However, eaten with all the components together is how this dish should be enjoyed and will start to make sense there. An amazing dish highlighting the fresh and pristine local products.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Borani, Chili Vinegar & Cilantro

photo credit: The Metropolitan Lounge

This dish was my most favorite dish at Sitka & Spruce; even more of a surprise as it was vegetarian. Along with the high quality produce and with it brilliantly prepared, the chili vinaigrette and its acidity is what really rounded out the entire dish as the Borani (yogurt sauce) countered the heat while also contributing to another element of tartness.


photo credit: The Metropolitan Lounge

Although would charge, the waiter was very kind in providing complementary slices of this wonderful bread to mop up the chili vinaigrette

Parsnip Cake with Salted Bay Leaf Ice Cream and Walnut Praline

photo credit: The Metropolitan Lounge

An amazing way to end the meal. The cake was nice and moist while the Walnut Praline was nice and crunchy without it being overwhelmingly sweet. The Salted Bay Leaf Ice Cream was extremely interesting and delicious while paring well with the cake.


photo credit: The Metropolitan Lounge

Close up of the oysters offered

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Steigl Grapefruit Beer

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Goes really well with the oysters. Unexpectedly, the grapefruit flavor tasted really natural unlike some of the other fruit beers which their fruity flavors taste quite artificial despite not being so.

One of each oyster

photo credit: The Metropolitan Lounge

Totten Inlet ($2), Fanny Bay ($2), Olympia ($2.25), Shigoku ($2.25), Kumamoto ($2.5), T0tten Virginica ($2.75), Kusshi ($2.75)

Reordered some more oysters

photo credit: The Metropolitan Lounge

Totten Inlet, Shigoku and Kumamoto. I actually would recommend ordering the Japanese oysters. What's interesting is that they have deep shells that hold in most of their meat. I also recommend the Olympia even though they're the smallest; didn't even need the condiment.

I would highly recommend anyone visiting to dine at Sitka & Spruce in order to enjoy modern Pacific NW cuisine while also stopping by at Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar for a no-nonsense, straightforward spectacular experience of enjoying the oysters of Washington State, especially as they're the supplier of oysters for the fine dining restaurants in Seattle; sure beats paying $19 for a half dozen there. Also, I would highly recommend going to The Calf & Kid to try some of the best cheeses the good US of A has to offer, especially the Briar Rose Creamery Chocolate Goat Cheese Truffles that Bourdain was enjoying during the Seattle episode of The Layover.

Sitka and Spruce,
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Seattle's Best Karaoke/SBK,
Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar
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