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Monday, 28 March 2011

Brooklyn Seafood, Steak and Oyster House Restaurant on 2nd

Medium smart, slightly higher than average priced well known restaurant in downtown Seattle.

Atmosphere - old boys club, expense accounts, dark but not too seedy, old fashioned.
Service - patronizing, smelly breath (maybe we were unlucky but it was very off-putting), got our order wrong.
Food - great quality; overpriced oysters.
Price - mainly OK but not cheap - $130 without tip for two of us and we didn't drink that much.
Company - the wife, delightful as always
Single diners - catered for, thanks to some ludicrously high backed chairs towards the back of the restaurant that are actually quite cool.

An oldie but a goodie.
The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House on Urbanspoon

Thai Ginger in Pacific Place

This is one of my weekly take out spots, always busy but the food always arrives swiftly. Just time to sneak in a drink at the bar before the bag arrives.

Location - top floor of Pacific Place shopping center
Atmosphere - buzzy, always seems to be busy no matter what time I go.
Food - pretty good.  My favorites are the Chicken Pad Thai and the Crab Rice Special.
Portion Size - two main courses does a full meal for two plus left overs for a reheat the following day
Service - always friendly
Price - around $12 to $15 for a main course
Bar Area - you can sit at the bar and just drink or eat and drink - a good option for travelling salesmen.

I like it, not a lot, but I like it.
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Four Seasons Bar, Downtown Seattle

Who'd have thought it? A great value meal at the Four Seasons? Absolutely!  Just wander into the bar, take a seat, enjoy delicious happy hour cocktails and some great small plates and small prices.

Location - downnnnnnntownnnnnn
Atmosphere - high class hooker coolness meet classy meet this is Seattle so it's all above board, honest guv (it really is very nice).
Price - happy hour is excellent value but even the small plates and drinks outside of happy hour are usual downtown Seattle prices.
Dress code - smarter than your average bear but you can still wander in with a pair of jeans and not feel out of place. Well it is Seattle after all.
Service - excellent, smooth, cool as a cucumber

This really is a lovely place to spend a couple of hours.

Chinook's is Great for Brunch

An excellent choice for brunch, with or without kids.  I've not been at other times.

Location - right on the marina, just below Ballard bridge
Atmosphere - bright and bustly - plenty of room
Service - sometimes slow but they bring warm scones to keep you going, which keeps the adults and kids happy
Food - all the usual brunch items, with some interesting seafood fry ups.  Generally good portion sizes and good quality
Company - went with the family; it's a family fave
Need to book - no you don't (at least for brunch)

It's a goodie.
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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Elephant and Castle Pub Review

Fitting to review an 'English' pub for my first posting although I didn't sample the food.
Atmosphere - nice and English boozer-y, not threatening, buzzy.
Decor - tacky as hell but I liked it.
Beer - good selection of local and imported beers. London Pride and Bass was off which was disappointing but the Old Speckled Hen was pretty good and not too speckled.
Food - didn't try any but from what I saw coming out of the kitchen, looked standard pub grub fayre and quality.
Company - ex-colleagues/friends. They enjoyed themselves.

Worth a visit? Yes if you fancy a pub experience, no if you fancy a restaurant experience.

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