During our recent trip to Seattle we found that our most favorite restaurants all had one thing in common. They each had an open kitchen layout. We watched the chefs chopping, basting, stirring and plating the wonderful meals. It felt as though we were having a relaxing evening in the comfort of a friend’s home.
We enjoyed Revel so much that we headed there for dinner twice. We selected the same thing both times-Rice with Albacore tuna, fennel kimchi, and escarole, yum.
Another one of our favorites was Bar Sajor. This is the latest restaurant opened by Matt Dillon and a winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest. The food was fresh, seasonal and amazingly delicious.
Based on the recommendations from locals we visited the Walrus and the Carpenter. Located in the eclectic neighborhood of Ballard, this restaurant felt both beautifully elegant and relaxed, stripped of all pretense. We tried a variety of oysters (who knew there were so many types), slices from a fresh-out-of-the-oven French loaf, and a carafe of buttery chardonnay.
Other favorites included:
Le Pichet, located in downtown Seattle, has the neighborhood style of a restaurant one might find in France.
I had one of my all time favorite sandwiches at the Market Chef on San Juan Island- Apples, sprouts, and cheese toasted on homemade bread. The ingredients sound simple but some kind of magic happened when the chef combined them together.
If you find yourself in the Seattle area, you won’t want to miss trying one of these wonderful restaurants.