2323 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: (206) 838-8008
Head Chef; Brand Kirksey – Sous Chef; Joel Hayward
An Ethan Stowell restaurant
$$$ – Modern Italian
After I had that great evening at “Spur Gastropub” – I decided to try out their sister restaurant “The Coterie Room”– for my last meal in Seattle and when passing it on my way home from “Spur” I checked their menu and they had “Mac n’ Cheese” on the menu. It must been 20 years ago since I had a Mac n’Cheese – so my mind was made up. and it is in walking distance from my hotel – a big plus.
So when I came there on Tuesday evening they were fully booked with a private party and me having a voucher for a free dessert. The lovely girl that met me in the door asked me if I wanted to eat nearby and I out walking in my Spanish exclusive wedges for the first time didn’t feel for walking to fare from comfort of my hotel. So she sent me 2 blocks down 2nd Ave and there is was – Tavolàta, a new bright star on the Seattle gastro sky.
It was very busy outside on the street patio and inside – the decoration was nearly to none – more like sitting in an abandon warehouse – very rough interior design – long community tables and some private tables. 80% of the tables where taken, so a very busy evening.
My waitress, Kat – a really lovely girl took such good care of me. Were given a private table – the whole kitchen where outside in the restaurant – even the washing up area – 6 chefs on the go – gave a lonely diner something to watch. Very interesting set up.
Ordered a Mijoto as a pre-dinner drink, they couldn’t promise that they could provide it because the bar didn’t have any fresh mint, but the chefs had – it was a bit a little too sour for my taste, but I didn’t complain and I drank it all.
Kat recommend a glass of chilled rose with my choice of dishes and it worked very well. Haven’t drank rose wine for over 20 years. Think the last time was in San Francisco.
So my menu for the evening:
Peas; English, snap, snow and ricotta
Rigatoni; spicy Italian sausage, marjoram, tomato
Buttermilk pannacotta; strawberries, candied almonds, mint - plus a cappuccino
My starter was a fantastic salad with freshness and a bit of sweetness from the
Rictotta cheese – a really great combination of very slightly blanched peas mixed with a wonderful Ricotta. One of the nicest starters I had. Pure enjoyment to eat. Not really a pasta fan and I don’t eat on Italian restaurants very often, , but I’m glad I did that last night in Seattle.
The pasta were yummy – and spicy – so after that delicate pea salad it sat just perfect. It was a really good pasta dish and I’m glad I went for something that was a bit spicy. Together with the chilled rose wine it was just great. Pasta cooked to perfection and even if spicy it wasn’t killing the taste buds.
I’m a big fan of pannacotta – love the softness and with pannacotta anything can be used as flavor. Just like with parfait. It fell like silk around my heart. Perfect finish on an outstanding meal at a very busy restaurant. The bill came to US$59.12/€48.35/£37.85 – witch I think is a very good value.
Well done – Tavolàta – and I understand why it’s so popular. With out any doubt will I go back if I ever come back to Seattle … and I really hope so – because Seattle are one cracking city.
“How luscious lies the pea within the pod.”
Photo’s provided and thanks to; gastrolust.com/ethanstowellrestaurants.com/