On Wednesday night, I went to Chez Shea in Seattle for dinner. It was fantastic. The food was delicious, and our waitress was great: knowledgeable, polite, attentive, but not pushy.
As appetizers, we had new potatoes and braised fennel salad with tarragon creme fraiche, pickled mustard seed vinaigrette and frisee; as well as Gruyere, spring onion and mushroom tart with baby arugula and jicama salad. The new potatoes were simple, clean, and appealing, and the Gruyere tart was decadent and rich.
Because our next dishes were running a bit behind, we got to try English pea soup, which had a hint of mint in it.
As main course, we chose pan-seared sockeye salmon on green lentils, shiitake mushrooms with bacon, rapini and caper brown butter; and potato gnocchi
with parsley and arugula pesto, roasted tomatoes, parmigiano reggiano, and toasted pine nuts.
Desert chocolate mousse and vanilla creme brulee. As drinks, we had a glass of La Chablisienne, a 2010 French Sauvignon Blanc; a glass of Chateau d’Oupia, a 2010 French Carignan/Syrah/Grenache blend; as well as something called “French Connection”, which was an mandarine-orange flavored drink with green chartreuse in it (can’t find the recipe for that version).
It was a fabulous meal and a great evening. Chez Shea could easily be my favorite Seattle restaurant. Unfortunately, it is closing at the end of this month. So it goes.