A new restaurant just opened its doors right in the middle of downtown Seattle on 4th Ave and Pike. RN74 is the brainchild of Michael Mina who is a James Beard award winning chef. He has many many different well received restaurants from San Francisco to Las Vegas. Suprisingly, he was raised in Ellensburg, WA and now resides in SF. RN74 is primarily a wine bar focused on Grand Cru wines from the Burgundy region in France. Their menu is of contemporary french fare with a focus on local ingredients.
I couldn’t help but notice they have sweetbreads and foie gras on their first and second course. If you have been reading my blog for awhile you probably know I am a major foie gras fan :) The Crispy sweetbreads “a la chasseur” with spring onion confit, chanterelle mushrooms, and english peas was delicious. Very lightly crispt sweetbreads on the outside immersed in a rich onion confit.
The second plates menu the Liberty Farms duck breast and Hudson Valley foie gras caught my eye. Very tender duck breast served with a bowl of Bluebird Grain Farms farro, bing cherries, rainbow swiss chard mixed with foie gras. You take a spoonful and layer it onto the duck – Sublime! The bing cherries is a great compliment as fruit goes well and balances the richness of foie gras.
I love anything to do with wine reduction sauce and the Alaskan halibut with sugar snap peas sounds absolutely delicious. The dish will definitely be next on my list. An excellent wine bar in the downtown Seattle area. The interior I would best describe as old world and contemporary with dark red leather seats and sleek blue lighting at the wine bar. For a more intimate evening with your special date, I highly recommend reserving a booth. Hopefully, I will have time to visit the main wine bar when I pass through to Napa Valley in the next couple weekends. On a side note, stay tuned for my review on the new Iron Chef Morimoto restaurant in Napa :) Overall, RN74 has excellent customer service and great modern french fare. Enjoy!
RN74 website (Downtown Seattle): http://www.michaelmina.net/
RN74 website (SF): http://www.michaelmina.net/restaurant.php?restaurant_id=3&action=menus
Address: 1433 Fourth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 (cross st is Pike)
Hours: Lunch 11am-2:30pm, Dinner Sun- Thurs 5:30-10pm Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30pm
Contact: 206 456-7474