I’ve eaten at a LOT of Seattle restaurants, but I always have wanted to eat at one that seems to be talked about the most. Canlis. Known for their dress code, award winning food, valet parking secrets, view of Lake Union and it’s odd location right on the Aurora Bridge, it is the creme de la creme so to say.
I lucked out by finding out that Canlis was participating in Seattle Restaurant week, were local places serve a menu with 3 for $28! A great deal and a great way to try out some of the new or pricier establishments. Reservations were made and outfits were picked. The only thing missing from this outing was a corsage since it felt like prom!
Our good friends Kelly C. and Jer joined us. The men had stylish suits and ties and us gals dawned our fancy jewels and heels. Some of the items we dined on:
- Canlis Salad- Romaine, Romano Cheese, bacon, mint, oregano, and a dressing of lemon, olive oil and coddled egg
- Truffle Fries
- Rhubarb soup
- English Pea Soup -honshimeji mushrooms, crème frâiche and mint
- Black Truffle Risotto -celery leaves, mascarpone and parmesan
- Salmon -fennel, saffron and edamame
- Crème Brûlée -market fruit and sorbet
- Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake -strawberry compote and rhubarb sorbet
- Chocolate Covered Chocolate -molten chocolate cake, cocoa nib shortbread and chocolate covered salted caramel ice cream
- An assortment of hand crafted cocktails and a flight of wine
I was not as impressed with the food. Okay, wait. The food was great! But I was much more impressed with the service. They had so many people working, all in black, but finely tuned to were I didn’t even notice them float in to refill drinks or float out when clearing our plates. I think this place is great for celebrations although maybe a little too classy for a random date night-I mean common who are we kidding, we are talking about me here and I’m the let’s go get pizza kinda date-but I am tempted to go back and just go to the lounge for their great cocktails on a special date.
After our wonderful meal we decided we couldn’t end this Seattle night just at Canlis, but we decided to venture over to another landmark, the Zig Zag Cafe. The Kelly’s ordered Moscow Mules and Brad and Jer ordered strong bourbon/whiskey based drinks. “You are not going to like this” Brad said to me as I took a sip and my faced turned into a prune. He knows me too well. It was a perfect end to a Seattle baller status night.
What’s your favorite fancy landmark restaurant or place you are wanting to try?