Mistral Kitchen – South Lake Union

Ever since my favorite multi-course restaurant Mistral in Belltown closed, I have been awaiting for the owner’s new restaurant to be opened in South Lake Union.  I am so happy that it has finally opened in December ’09.  Mistral Kitchen is much more different than his older restaurant in terms of space, design, and technicalities.  When you step inside it is much more massive with an industrial-like interior of brushed chrome and steel, soft brown leather seats, and natural wood.  At William Belickis’s old restaurant Mistral, it was smaller, intimate, 4-6 multi-course meals, and “one table per night reservations.”  I will say I am quite impressed with his new restaurant Mistral Kitchen located in South Lake Union.  On the main floor is two dining floors: a casual dining area that serves a la carte and a fine dining room called the Jewel Box that serves only 4-8 course meals.  There is also a large bar area and lounge in the back.  Their casual dining area is open daily while the fine dining room is open daily except Sunday and Monday.  I decided to try a couple dishes from the a la carte menu.  It was rainy and cold out and wanted to try something warm first.  I had the Butternut Squash soup with Black Trumpet Mushrooms and Basil Oil….the soup was very tasty and not too rich.

Butternut Squash Soup - Mistral Kitchen

Butternut Squash Soup - Mistral Kitchen

I always have room for cheese platters because for one thing you don’t get too full and you can try a variety of different cheeses along with some great wine!  On the cheese platter were mostly cheeses from France with semi soft and hard textures.  The Persille du Beaujolais which is a blue cheese was creamy soft with intense flavor.  The word Persille in French means “parsley” and refers to the blue-green veins in the blue cheese.  The cheese from Cellars in Vermont was a nutty, rich, and mildly sweet finish.  I also had the Bethmale cheese which is a traditional farmhouse cheese from the Pyrenees region of France.  It was tangy and tasty, but like some aged cheeses don’t smell this one…extremely pungent.  Lastly, I had a firm cheese from the Cantal region of France.  It had a rich and sharp flavor.  It is one of the oldest in France…even older than Livarot and well known Roquefort.  All were great, but this was my most favorite. 

Cheese Platter - Mistral Kitchen

Cheese Platter - Mistral Kitchen

What I like most about Mistral Kitchen is that there menu changes daily.  I can understand there are some people like me that routinely orders that most sublime dessert from Tango…the “El Diablo”…but at Mistral Kitchen their desserts are just as unique and sublime as well.  They have a great dessert list and two caught my eye.  Anything with the word “mascarpone” in it I have to order.  The Mascarpone mousse was smooth and very tasty with multiple flavors and textures.  It had mousse on top with coffee granita and chocolate crumbles in the middle, and banana caramel on the bottom…Sublime!  I have a weakness for anything cream puff-related and I had their Cream puff filled with chocolate mousse, banana ice cream, and chocolate sauce – Very tasty! 

Mascarpone Mousse - Mistral Kitchen

Mascarpone Mousse - Mistral Kitchen

Chocolate Mousse Cream Puff - Mistral Kitchen

Chocolate Mousse Cream Puff - Mistral Kitchen

I looked at their cocktail menu, but haven’t had the chance to try any of it and heard that that the bar manager mixes up some exotic and tasty drinks.  I will definitely try their most ordered cocktail called the Bitter Handshake…it has Fernet Franca, Rye Whiskey simple syrup, and heavy orange zest!  The Bee’s Knees cocktail sounds pretty complex and interesting.  It has old tom gin, lavender honey syrup, egg white, lemon juice, and angostura bitters….i know…strange, egg white and lavender.  Well, it doesn’t hurt to try it once…If you are curious about the guy that manages the bar, he has his own blog on the cocktails that he makes at Mistral Kitchen among others.  Mistral Kitchen is located in South Lake Union and can be hard to find if you are driving….I will say that it is within a 2 block radius of Whole Foods on Denny Way.  Overall, I immensely enjoyed the food and excellent customer service at Mistral Kitchen.  This restaurant will be a great enhancement to South Lake Union and I look forward to many more exciting dishes to come!

Mistral Kitchen - South Lake Union

Mistral Kitchen - South Lake Union

Mistral Kitchen website:  http://www.mistral-kitchen.com/

Bar Manager’s  Blog on Cocktails:  http://caskstrength.wordpress.com/

Address:  2020 Westlake Ave Seattle, WA  98121

Hours:  Dinner is Sunday-Thursday 5pm -10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-12am

Contact:  206 623-1922


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3 Responses to “Mistral Kitchen – South Lake Union”

  1. surfseatown Says:

    The best restaurants are the ones in which the menu changes daily. It takes a talented and committed chef to go out to the market everyday and invent something new and fantastic on a consistent basis. The Mascarpone mousse looks decadent and delish! I simply have to go here for dinner!:)

  2. This is an interesting blog! Let me know if you want to do a joint write up!

  3. belltowngirl Says:

    Hey surfseatown, I highly agree….I love restaurants that change their menus daily!

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