John and I recently treated ourselves to a quick trip South of the border to enjoy a little retail therapy, the tulip festival, and a Mariners game. Thanks to recommendations from my Twitter followers, we ended up staying at the Four Seasons Seattle.
The hotel invited us down to ART Restaurant for dinner and three hours later, we were sufficiently stuffed with taste buds pleasantly exhausted.
Cocktails (sorry, no photos of these)
Shanghai Bunny (boulard calvados, fresh ginger, carrot juice, ginger ale)
Minetta in Spring (bulleit bourbon, navan, rosemary syrup, cherry bitters)
Each guest receives a bread basket with red bean hummus and we had an amuse bouche with crab, rolled in cucumber.
Baby Gem Lettuce, Shoots Endive
Sunchoke Bisque with Goat Cheese Spring Roll
Seared Indian Spiced Salmon with Alaskan Crab and Yukon Gold Potatoes
Pan Seared Halibut with Fiddlehead Ferns, Asparagus, Spring Morel Mushrooms
Walk the Red Carpet (red velvet cake, honey yogurt panna cotta, blueberry puree)
It’s Complicated (gluten-free valhrona bittersweet chocolate tart, pistachio ice cream)
There’s a Hole in My Bucket (vanilla bean dusted donut holes)
This is not a review post, as dinner was compliments of the hotel, but hopefully you will check out ART the next time you’re in Seattle. The Yelp ratings are impressive and now we know why. The ingredients are “market fresh”, which would be expected of a high-end restaurant so close to so much seafood and produce at Pike Place Market. The inspiration behind each dish and the source of the ingredients (whether it be from the farm or from the sea) is explained. The atmosphere is classy and comfortable and the staff was very friendly.
You’ll want to make a point of ordering some of Giorgio’s Limoncello – he’s the restaurant manager and he’ll be sure to tell everyone at your table about how this secret family recipe came to be at the Four Seasons. Even if you’re not a hotel guest, stop by for Happy Hour in the lounge, enjoy some charcuterie and a cheese plate, and catch the game on one of the big screens.
You can find the Four Seasons Seattle on Twitter @FSSeattle as well as @ARTRestaurant.
Disclosure: cmp.ly/2 I was not paid to visit this hotel or restaurant however as stated above, this meal was compliments of the hotel.