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For our anniversary, we enjoyed an amazing dinner at Chez Shea, in Pike Place Market.

Since we had a late reservation, I came home from work to find the kitchen clean and a plate of amuse-bouche waiting for me, with a sweet note from my darling husband. I tried not to gorge myself on feta-and-onion tartlets and apple slices, and went to get cleaned up and dressed purty.

The restaurant is upstairs in the Corner Market building (the same building as the Can Can) and thus 1) looks like an artist's garret, and 2) has a view of The Sign from the dining room. It feels very, very Seattle.



I started with a Mezcalito, which was supposed to be a Melon Mezcalito but they had run out of melon, so a lemon Mezcalito it was. The one on the menu includes sake, I don't think mine did, but it sure did have Mezcal in it. And lots of lemon, so it was perfect to cut through all the butter we were going to eat soon. Like a very tart margarita, really.



To start, we split a plate of escargot with garlic, shallots, and parsley butter. I couldn't wait to snap a picture before I had shoveled two into my mouth.



Next, a salad course, where we shared two choices: a simple salad of pears, candied pecans, slivers of endive and feta in a champagne vinaigrette, and foie gras with sweet and sour figs, teensy sugar-poached huckleberries, and a slice of brioche toast. The salad was a great balance of flavors and textures, with the slivers of endive being a nice surprise. The foie gras was delicious, but Jon commented that he thought he might have liked it better when we had it at Lark, and I think I agree. It certainly wasn't anything to sneeze at; the figs and berries were really complementary to it and the toast gave everything a nice amount of crunch.



Next, our mains: I had spectacular pan-seared scallops with green lentils, fava beans, baby artichokes, bacon, parsnip puree and apple cider gastrique;



Jon had an exquisite duck confit with roasted fingerling potatoes and baby turnips. The potaotes were just crispy on the outside and I would have eaten a whole plate of them alone. My lentils had a surprising and delicious amount of bacon in them and the scallops were done perfectly, sweet on the inside and caramelized on the outside.



For dessert, Jon had the Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie with Bananas Foster Compote:



and I, of course, had the "Bete Noire" (flourless chocolate cake with plum sauce).



When I ordered my dessert, the sweet French motherly type who was our server said very politely "excuse me?" and I immediately dropped my face into my hands and apologized for my horrible French. She was very nice about it and said I had actually pronounced it perfectly, she just hadn't caught it, which eased my FrancoAngst long enough for me to dive into dessert. The cake itself was so dense you could stand a fork in it...at a 45-degree angle. But it was served with a tart plum sauce that set it off perfectly.

The food was amazing, the service was kind and polite, the view of the Sound was lovely, but all I could think about all evening was how much I love Jon, and how fucking lucky I have been that he loves me like he does.

And then tonight, Jon continued our gastronomic indulgences with monster-head baked zucchini, filled with a homemade "meatloaf" of a mix of lamb and turkey, cumin, allspice, and apples.

Date: 2011-10-17 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerogoddes.livejournal.com
I always love these kinda posts from you :D

Date: 2011-10-17 12:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icprncs.livejournal.com
Bwahahaha. The zucchini! You two are awesome.

Ahem. It sounds (and looks) like a lovely meal, and I think such things are always better when you're celebrating something precious to you.

K is pretty sure he's never had better foie gras than at Lark. Despite the size of their menu and the various new seasonal items, the foie gras was *always* one of his selections.

Date: 2011-10-18 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glindanorth.livejournal.com
Awwww, I am SO stealing the monster head idea! Maybe a stuffed carved squash for my gaming group the next time it's my turn to cook.

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