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Six Seven at the Edgewater Hotel

Posted in Fine Dining, Seafood, Wine with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2011 by belltowngirl

One of my favorite restaurants on the waterfront is Six Seven.  It has spectacular views of the puget sound and the olympic mountains and is located on Pier 67.  It features New American appetizers and entrees, specializing in gourmet food with a seafood focus.  I always come here for their seafood especially for their tasty white fish and salmon dishes. 

There were a couple dishes I wanted to try, but the salmon entree always seems to catch my eye.  The Cedar Plank Salmon was spectacular….chanterelle mushrooms, rainbow potatoes, tomato, pancetta, truffle cream, asparagus, and blackberry honey…Yum!  The grilled King Salmon had a rich, smoky flavor especially when combined with truffle cream sauce.  I am a fan of wild mushrooms such as the porcini and morel mushrooms and the chanterelle was a perfect addition with its meaty and nutty flavor.  Perfect timing as wild mushrooms are in season in late fall.  Typically, wine pairing is dependent on the base and bridge ingredients of the dish and since the salmon(base) had chanterelle mushrooms, truffles(bridge) it was a perfect match for a Pinot Noir so we had the 2007 Rochioli Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley in California.  A terrific fish to match with this wine! 

Cedar Plank King Salmon - Six Seven

Cedar Plank King Salmon - Six Seven

I could not leave without trying the Wild Striped Sea Bass.  The Sea Bass was perfectly immersed with artichoke and leek stew, sauvignon blanc, fines herbs, cipoline onions, tomato confit, and roasted fennel on top to give it that sweet and mild delicious added flavor to the fish.  This one is a winner!!  The Sea Bass was pan roasted perfectly which gives the skin that nice crackle and that is how it should be cooked. 

Wild Striped Sea Bass - Six Seven

Wild Striped Sea Bass - Six Seven

Lastly, it could not hurt to try one dessert for the night as all the previous dishes were light, but very tasty.  I had to try the pumpkin with pistachio crusted cheescake….Yum!!  If you try this dont forget to eat slice with the gingerbread pureed sauce that is drizzled on the dish!  

Pumpkin with Pistachio crusted Cheesecake - Six Seven

Pumpkin with Pistachio crusted Cheesecake - Six Seven

Six Seven restaurant also has a chic lounge with a fireplace that gives it a warm and cozy feeling.  Be sure to check out the lounge on Fridays and Saturdays as the have terrific bands playing rhythm and blues to jazz music.   If you like great drinks with tonic water be sure to try their vodka tonic because their tonic is homemade.  The chief ingredient in tonic is called Quinine.  It is derived from a tree bark in the Amazon basin and is supposed to have medicinal properties.  The major plus is that the bar uses Quinine powder in its “pure form” as opposed to it being dilluted into a high fructose corn syrup such as the likes of Schweppes and Canada Dry.  I have been a recent fan of 100% pure Quinine powder in tonic water as it has less of that sugary, syrupy taste and more of a slightly bitter, but very tasty ingredient in tonic water.  I would recommend reserving a booth for dinner as you have excellent views facing the waterfront.  The customer service is always top notch all the times that I have dined there.  Six Seven is a great restaurant with tasty seafood dishes and an excellent wine list.  The ambiance is also perfect to take your special loved one for a romantic dinner as well ;)  Enjoy everyone!

Six Seven restaurant website:  http://www.edgewaterhotel.com/edgewater_dining.aspx

Address:  2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 Seattle, WA  98121

Hours:  Dinner Sun-Thurs 5:30-9pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10pm

Contact:  1 800 624-0670

Seastar – South Lake Union

Posted in Fine Dining, Seafood, Wine with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2010 by belltowngirl

One of my FAVorite seafood restaurants over the bridge has finally opened another in South Lake Union….Seastar!  I have been a major fan of Seastar in Bellevue for many years and I am very excited that they settled with South Lake Union.  The menu is almost exactly the same as the one in Bellevue.  The only slight difference is the raw bar has a lot more selections!  The raw bar has a great range of “raw” food so to speak…..oysters, ceviche, and sushi served maki style. 

I was invited to a family celebration and I was so excited that I wanted to order all my fav dishes, but alas I wanted to save my appetite for my ultimate FAVorite entree that only comes 2 months out of the year ;)  I decided to try my usual favorite, the Sesame-Peppercorn Crusted Ahi($14.5)….crusted with white and black sesame seeds and black peppcorns that is seared rare, served on top is daikon-carrot salad with ginger-soy reduction and wasabi cream.  Loved the textures and the suttle spices on the Ahi. 

Sesame-Peppercorn Crusted Ahi - Seastar South Lake Union

Sesame-Peppercorn Crusted Ahi - Seastar South Lake Union

For dinner I never had steak before at Seastar hence seafood restaurant so I decided to try the USDA Prime Top Sirloin($29) that was grilled a perfect juicy medium rare…my favorite…with herb roasted red potatoes, grilled red onion, garlic portabella mushroom, and Maytag blue cheese….Yum!  I complimented my steak with a bottle of 2000 Henri Bonneau Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins wine($525) from the Southern Rhone Valley of France.  Henri Bonneau’s wines consist of a Rhone blend of at least 90% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, Counoise, and Vaccarese.  A phenomenal wine!
 USDA Prime Top Sirloin - Seastar South Lake Union

USDA Prime Top Sirloin - Seastar South Lake Union

Henri Bonneau Réserve des Célestins, Châteauneuf du Pape, 2000 - Seastar

Henri Bonneau Réserve des Célestins, Châteauneuf du Pape, 2000 - Seastar

Lastly, my all time FAVorite entree that I saved the best for last is the Applewood Grilled Copper River King Salmon(market price)….it is grilled over Applewood with butter, vermouth, and lemon and served with truffle-tomatoes and rosemary fingerling potatoes.  It was excellent…as always! I loved the hint of fruity and mild flavors of the apple with the salmon.  They also have the salmon roasted over Cedar plank which I had in the past.  A very subtle and smoky flavor, but I love a mild and fruity flavor to my salmon and grilling over Applewood was the best!  Also, one key thing to remember is that Copper River salmon is only available May to June.  Of course every Seattleite like me knows this so I definitely came to Seastar just in time…

Applewood Grilled Copper River King Salmon - Seastar South Lake Union

Applewood Grilled Copper River King Salmon - Seastar South Lake Union

Seastar will most definitely be a great addition to South Lake Union.  In terms of parking it is free at lunch with validation and $2 during dinner.  Seastar is quite easy to find as it is located right above Whole Foods and right next to Pan Pacific Hotel in South Lake Union.  Overall, I immensely enjoyed the Applewood Copper River King salmon, excellent Chateauneuf du Pape wine, and always the best customer service at Seastar…always!

Seastar restaurant and Raw bar website:  http://www.seastarrestaurant.com/seattle.php?page=Home

Address:  2121 Terry Ave, Suite 108 Seattle, WA  98121 (South Lake Union)

Hours:  Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm (Lunch), Mon-Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun 5pm-9pm (Dinner), Mon-Fri 4-6pm, Sun 5-10pm (Happy Hour)

Contact:  206 462-4364