#13 - my gem list
“Food & Wine magazine put Spur on its “Go List of the most outstanding, must-visit restaurants in the world” and Conde Nast Traveller magazine has honoured Spur by including it on its “Hot Tables” list. “ – text from the restaurant’s blog.
Had read a lot about this little restaurant before I decided to book a table – the reviews are sky high and it seams like it’s rated as one of the best in US. What also made me chose the place was that it was in short walking distance from my hotel on 4th Ave.Wasn’t that busy the evening I was there, a Monday evening, full to 45%. They don’t have many seats so if it had been fully booked it would have been unbearable. There was 2 gentlemen dinning at the bar, 3 young ladies in company and a couple having drinks at the bar plus a party of 10 next to me. Think they can take max 60 people, just the right size for an intimate little place and if I ever had open a restaurant I would never have it any bigger. Do it good – in small.
The place was just what I expected – simple décor and nothing fancy at all. Got a very warm welcoming – it felt like they had been waiting for me the whole day. Great feeling and the evening can just go from there really. Had booked through “Opentable”.
Only have two pre-dinner drinks, either vodka & tonic or Mojito .. so I had a vodka and tonic – it was perfect. Very picky with this – hate when then vodka is overpowering.
For my meal I took a glass of a fantastic Austrian wine – Berger Gruner Veltliner, because I had my eyes on the poached halibut plus my standing order of sparkling mineral water.For starter I chose “Goat Cheese Gnudi with spring carrots, chard and brown butter” – absolutely delicious and presentation was just simple and clean. Love anything with Goat cheese, but here the flavors so well composed. Gnudi is the cheesy cousin of gnocchi – if someone wonders.
A bit of disappointment when I chose my “Slow poached Halibut with spring onion, English peas and pea wines” – it were sold out, but the chef had ½ portion if I wanted that and so I did and gladly so .. Because that was a fantastic dish.
With only ½ portion of halibut – I also went for their “Lamb Tartar with
Castlevatrano olive, tomato and egg yolk”. It was a starter (I think) and was just perfect after that dreamy halibut. Never had tartar on lamb before and it was just great.. the meat was so tender it melted in my mouth, a stunning dish.
The grand finale – “Peach Almond Tarragon Terrine with granola and praline ice cream”. It was just heavenly and with a great cappuccino – a perfect ending of a very relaxed, nice and tasty evening. My taste buds were more than pleased.
The big party next to me … had the chefs out for big applauds and they couldn’t praise the food highly enough, a very nice touch.
My waitress, Elzabeth was personal, relaxed and very attendant – she recommended their other restaurant, “The Coterie Room” - on the other corner of the block. Remember that I passed it on the way to the “SPUR” and I stopped to look at their menu on the menu on my way back to the hotel – she talked me into go there the following evening, my last in Seattle, but it was fully booked by a private party when I got there. The nice young lady that met me at once – recommended her favourite restaurant just two block away - “Tavolàta” , witch turned out to be a great place and witch gave me a great evening.
So next time … and I will also go back to “SPUR” – it is just right in everything they are doing and offering of service, food, size and quality. The price for a memorable evening became: $85.41/€68.75/£ 54.65
If you ever visit Seattle, please – go to “SPUR” – so you taste buds can be spoiled.
“Great food is like great sex.
The more you have the more you want.”
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