Swan Songs

Le Gourmand’s Greatest Hits Menu

Three courses. Sixty dollars. Twenty-seven years.

By Allecia Vermillion March 29, 2012

Diners have two more months to enjoy the talents of Bruce and Sara Naftaly in Le Gourmand’s gleaming dining room. Photo: Bob Peterson

Two months from Monday, Le Gourmand will permanently close the doors of its curiously charming space on the eastern edge of Ballard. As promised, owner Bruce Naftaly has created a menu of favorite dishes from the restaurant’s 27 years. While the dishes will evolve along with the season, the current menu is online now. Diners can choose three course for $60, or opt for a special seven-course tasting menu. The entrees and plenty of other dishes reflect Naftaly’s formidable background as a saucier, as well as the stubbornly changing season.

In this month’s issue, critic Kathryn Robinson examines the many legacies Naftaly and his wife Sara have bestowed on our dining community. I could end this post by saying that Naftaly is likely pouring even more of his heart and soul into his food now that the menu has become a swan song. But the man has been in the kitchen for every single dinner service, except for a brief hospital stay eight years ago, giving his all night after night for the better part of three decades. And that’s a legacy worth revisiting before June 2.

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