An absolutely perfect spot for a sunny Seattle day. I loved Westward on my last trip to Seattle and so happy to get back here.
wood oven baked gigante beans, tomato, feta, breadcrumbs & marjoram
smoked arctic char salad, grilled asparagus, lentils, pan fried croutons, poached eggs
It is certainly a trek to get to Willows Inn which kept me from going for quite a while but I am so glad that I finally made the effort (with a gentle push from some friends). If you stay at the inn, dinner feels like the best dinner party you have probably been to. It started with the first snacks on the patio, moved to the dining room and ended with a perfect sunset at dessert. While 2017 is not over yet, this will easily be one of my most memorable experiences of the year.
toasted kale leaves
pink singing scallops
rhubarb in angelica
oysters and wildcress
lightly-cured rockfish in a broth of grilled bones
grilled geoduck clam
reefnet caught smoked sockeye
grilled and fermented green garlic
aged venison leg
dungeness crab soaked in pine nuts
bread from heirloom wheat and crab brain
black cod and currant leaves
toasted birch branches
woodruff and nettles
quince and candied rosemary
pears, black walnuts, flax seeds
Somehow I did not take any photos of my actual steak, but Bateau is actually a steakhouse via Renee Erickson whose other Seattle spots I love. Ordering can be a bit daunting as chalkboards list all of the selections of the day and there are so so many choices of cuts and often the same cuts from different farms. Many cuts I knew but perhaps even more that I did not. And while it is tempting when faced with such a large menu to pick a tried-and-true cut, it is really the perfect opportunity to try something you may not have elsewhere. The steak was delicious, as was the tartare but the side of english peas stole the show.
steak tartare – beet green sauerkraut, dill, cured yolk, rye toast
asparagus – nettles, egg yolk, salmon roe
english peas – burnt lemon, macron almonds, tarragon and fresh cheese
When you find yourself with a few hours to kill in Seattle, always spend it at Walrus & the Carpenter, with a drink at Barnacle while waiting. I love this place so so much.
Walrus and the Carpenter
oysters (of course)
baby bibb lettuces, radish, english peas, lemon yoghurt, poppy seed
steak tartare, egg yolk, rye toast
Sitka & Spruce
On a surprisingly warm and beautiful December day Sitka & Spruce was a lovely walk from my hotel. It makes up one part of a large space which houses several other concepts and for a moment it was a bit difficult to tell where exactly it was. The room is bright and perfect for brunch which is when I happened to visit. While my salad perhaps wasn’t the most exciting, it was well made and the fantastic soft scrambled eggs have me hooked to return for dinner.
A salad of young lettuces, ash roasted shallot and hazelnut
Seared halloumi, soft scrambled eggs, brussles & chili vinegar
My photos do not even begin to do justice to the incredible diorama that makes up the back of the bar. Unfortunately by sunset the day became a bit to chilly to sit outside although they do have blankets. But it seems that Westward may be Seattle’s even better version of my Chicago favorite Big Star, i.e. Perfect for Sunday Funday (and really any other day). I’m happy to say that this year’s Bon Appetit best new restaurants list hasn’t let me down yet! The gigantes beans are amazing and lamb with tzatziki may be my last meal so this dish was perfect.
Jar of house pickled fruits & vegetables
Wood baked gigantes beans, tomato, feta, marjoram
Braised Anderson Ranch Lamb Shoulder, herb & onion salad, pomegranate, tzatziki, pita
House made sorbet
What an absolutely lovely spot to enjoy a cocktail while waiting for a seat at the Walrus & the Carpenter. I only regret not returning after dinner for another drink with so many amaros to choose from.
Cobble hill variation – fernet branca, carpano antica, bitter lemon soda
The Walrus & the Carpenter
I had wanted to visit for what seems like ages but a trip to Seattle just never materialized. So when I found myself needing a few thousand more miles before the end of the year it was the perfect excuse. An absolutely perfect meal and a waldorf salad that I could eat every single day (and my mother will attest that I actually hate waldorf salad).
Carrots,meta, caraway, mint
Waldorf salad, cabbage, hazelnuts, pear, dill
Scallop crudo, radish, smoked almond tarator, olio nuovo
Steelhead salmon tartare, horseradish creme fraiche, rye
Maple bread pudding, espresso butter sauce, whipped cream
I was exceptionally lucky to almost immediately get a seat at the bar on a Friday night, especially after being quoted a 30 min wait. Canon truly is a whisky and bitters emporium and so many bottles made for a lovely view. I loved the bottled sparkling last word as a slight variation on one of my all time favorite cocktails.
Sparkling last word
And my favorite quote of the day: