The September sun is still smiling over Seattle. Celebrate Indian summer with under-the-sea specials at Waterfront Seafood Grill. For $30, try the grilled onaga with sweet chili glaze, served with steamed baby bok choy. An ulua (pompano) with green papaya salad and furikake rice cake goes for $30, or try a $34 monchong with a macadamia-nut crust, cane rum, and hala kahiki sauce, served with roasted sweet potatoes. For $38, don’t miss the pan-roasted opah lobster curry broth, mango and lobster relish, and mixed herbs.
The chefs at Le Gourmand, however, are already over all this summer stuff. They’re serving up a seven-course tasting menu for $80 (plus the cost of bread ) featuring the wild mushrooms sprouting around the region. Warm your palate with radish soup with Claudio Corallo chocolate, then dig in to the second course: foie gras wrapped in a sausage, served with a sauternes demi-glace and a black currant compote. A ragù of lobster mushrooms is the third course, and the fourth is a gratin of local albacore tuna and home-grown tomatoes and basil. The sweet fifth course dishes up a home-grown damson plum, lemon-thyme, and champagne sorbet, a perfect segue to the sixth: mushroom-stuffed rabbit saddles with chanterelles. Polish off the meal with a simple salad of wild greens and edible flowers.
For a less fussy feast head to Capitol Hill’s Dinette for a short rib pastrami app with Gruyere cheese, sauerkraut, and caraway for $6, or a snapper ceviche served with chilled squash soup, Taggiasca olives, and cherry tomatoes for $12.
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