Went to Veil recently after reading mixed but mostly good reviews on chowhound. I had read that the the service was very pretentious and this worried me; nothing more I hate than places that make you feel uncomfortable. I found the service very friendly, although the interior design would fit in better in LA than the NW. Now to the food:
Thai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup- Everything a squash soup should be; creamy, controllably sweet and had very nice scents of lemongrass.
Roasted Beet Salad- The beets were cooked perfectly al dente and the grapefruit confit complemented the flavors of the beets.
Mini Lamb Burgers: These were tasty but I gound mine to be a little closer to medium than I prefer. They were good but not amazing.
Foie Gras with peanut butter, jelly and brioche toasts: his one did not work for me. The foie gras was delicious by itself but I actually prefer less sweetness with foie gras, whether is be the wine pairing or the garnish. It wasn't a bad dish but it did not meet my high expectations that I expect when ordering Foie Gras in a restaurant.
Sauteed Calamari: The squid was barley cooked, in a good way, meaning is was exceedingly tender. The olives and linguica served with it gave the dish a spine. Maybe my favorite of the night.
Lake Trout with cider puree- Trout was pan fried and seasoned very nicely. The dish was very good except I found the cider puree a little to sweet for the fish. I would have liked the dish just fine without it.
Roasted Black Cod with brussel sprouts- This was very good treated cod the way it needed o be treated and that is simply. Also chefs know the way to my stomach when they but brussel sprouts on my plate.
New York Steak Block cut- The meat was good but not great the accompaniments however I loved. The curried Italian couscous was addicting and delicious
Desert: We had the amazing peanut butter ice cream. Also tried the creamsicle which had too many components to remeber. Individually each component was ok but the sum of all parts was a very good creamsicle.