Seattle Restaurant Week: Vendemmia

Seattle Restaurant Week has officially started, which is always a highlight of the fall for us.  This year there were several potential candidates for places Bryan and I might visit but for the first one we chose the very new Italian restaurant in Madrona, all of a 0.6 mile walk from our house.  The newness, priceyness, and proximity all weighed heavily into our decision and I would say that we were not disappointed by our first pick but also not entirely wowed.  Let’s take a look at our dinner:

First Course:

Seared Albacore- taggiasca olive, fennel

Butternut Squash Soup – Amaretto, brown butter

Squash soup
Squash soup

Second Course:

Blackcod,  cauliflower, leek, brussel sprout

Shortrib, balsamic, polenta, baby carrot

Short Rib
Short Rib
Black Cod
Black Cod

Third Course:

House made Vanilla Gelato & Espresso

Chocolate Terrine, caramel sea salt

Everything we happily split and everything was pretty tasty just not mindblowing!  We started with the tuna and the flavors in that were light, balanced and well done.  The soup though was pure butter, and that is really the only thing either of us could taste, no sweetness in the soup, just butter.  It’s rare that we don’t finish a dish but this we did not.  The short ribs were good but I’ve had many better at FareStart and the black cod was nice but again very rich in flavors and not that much layer of flavors.  Dessert is unphotographed but lets just say the espresso and chocolate kept us up WAY TOO late.  Additionally, we each got a glass of red wine to go with our meals.

I’m not sure we will be back just with all of our other options but we did have a good meal and its nice to try them out for $30!


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