We've been to this restaurant a few times since it opened and enjoy the varied menu and the chef's interesting and sometimes unusual combinations, which have always worked for us. For example, we stopped by for lunch yesterday and tried the Matiz sardines on toast with curried tomato paste and shaved fennel. Absolutely delicious. But occasionally an item falls a bit flat, when it really shouldn't have been a disappointment. That happened yesterday with the lettuces salad, which features herbs, lots of pistachios and parmigiano and reggiano cheese. What should have been a tasty mixture was drowning in dressing. Still, we liked the use of pistachios, which added a lovely, crunchy texture to the salad. We would definitely order this again but would request just a little dressing.
If you like bread when dining, you will have to pay $4 for it here. The bread comes from Columbia City Bakery and is excellent. We placed an order and received two kinds of bread and a heaping portion of butter.
Also, if you're a meat and potatoes diner, the restaurant's offerings may not beckon. They have included lamb tartare, chicken liver mousse and marrow bones. If you like to step outside the box when eating out, you'll be delighted with the fare. "Bon Appetit" magazine certainly was last year when it named The Whale Wins as one of the 10 best new restaurants in the United States.
The restaurant is located in a room with a very high ceiling and hard surfaces and often becomes quite noisy. It is quieter on the outside patio, but there is no covering to offer protection from the sun there. It can become rather uncomfortable on Seattle's sunny days.
We've always had excellent servers here. They're friendly, efficient and always willing to answer questions about the menu.
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