5 best restaurants in Seattle
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Puts the sea into Seattle
Practically surrounded by water, there are few better places to sample Seattle’s seafood than the Walrus. Its décor perfectly matches its nautical menu, with a salvaged chandelier, which legend has it once lay on a reef, as well as wire baskets filled with fruits of the sea. Oceanic picks of the menu include smoked trout and Lopez Island spot prawns. Always buzzy and bright, with main courses under a tenner, this is a Seattle institution.
4743 Ballard Avenue NW
Tel: +1 206 395 9227 www.thewalrusbar.com
Sultry Korean fare discovers a new rhythm
Savour the head chef’s (and her co-chef husband’s) Korean roots at their new incarnation of a Seattle star restaurant, Joule. The new venue brings a sexier vibe to the brand - but the consistencies of the flavours remain. The distinctive hot, sour, salty and bitter nature of Korean cuisine percolate through the steaks, risottos, smoked tofu and grilled mackerel. Plus it’s endorsed by Seattle Magazine as one of 2013’s best new restaurants!
3506 Stone Way N., Seattle
Tel: +1 206 632 5685 www.joulerestaurant.com
Tel: +1 206 906 9606 www.mamnoonrestaurant.com
America’s Middle Eastern oasis
Seattle may be a desert when it comes to Middle Eastern cuisine – but every desert has its oasis, and Mamnoon is Seattle’s. This gracious Capitol Hill restaurant and lounge comes complete with all the comforts of finer restaurants as well as adventurous fare. The Persian lamb stew, fragrant with saffron, was our favourite – only matched by the warmth and attentiveness of the staff and, of course, the fine tastes of Lebanese wines.
1508 Melrose Ave., Seattle
The Whale Wins
It’s like dining at a seaside cabin
Rustic meets elegance – and their union produces some of the finest seafood and meat Seattle has to offer. Top-drawer service delivers dish after dish straight from the wood-fired hearth: mussels and clams, marrow bones and the best roast chicken in town, plus countless seasonal, local vegetables. It’s relaxed, delicious and unfussy, a home from home - if your home comes with one of America’s best chefs and oceanic décor.
3506 Stone Way N., Seattle
Tel: +1 206 632 9425 www.thewhalewins.com
The Wandering Goose
The American South comes visiting
Seattle is far from Down South, but the food here, from the buttermilk biscuits to the collard greens, is as authentic and as tasty as if cooked by the South’s finest. A small, cheerful cafe on Capitol Hill, tuck into extraordinary baking, for which the owner is renowned city-wide, as well as its inventive vegetable platters, including vinegary collards, Sea Island peas and the ubiquitous flaky biscuit. Don’t forget to taste the owner’s cakes. Thank you, ma’am!
403 15th Avenue East
Tel: +1 206 323 9938 www.thewanderinggoose.com