We went to Altura tonight for my birthday dinner...and oh my! Seattle has many wonderful restaurants and many venerable chefs. Nathan Lockwood is now my favorite! This tiny restaurant was spectacular, not only with its menu, but the careful and captivating presentation of its cuisine--not precious, but so tasteful. The feature of this restaurant (which has a small capacity of 32 tables) is its long bar (food counter), where you can sit and look upon the preparation of the many great small plate items, entrees and other delicacies on its menu. It is truly entertaining, for foodies and non foodies alike.