Written by on May 29, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Lower Queen Anne
How I heard of this place: My good friend and fellow gourmand, Tahirih introduced me to Crow several years ago when it first opened down the street from her previous apartment. When she said that she eats there at least once a week and the food never fails to satisfy and blow your mind, I had to try it. It wasn’t until she shared that she was limiting herself to once per month in order not to risk ever being disappointed, I made it in. I have yet to be disappointed, but am not holding my breath.
Type of cuisine: A creative, contemporary meal with international flair. “…comfort food that’s executed solidly without a whiff of affectation.” -Seattle Magazine, February 2005. “…the crossroads for upmarket comfort food and sheer sizzling scene.” -Seattle Metropolitan, November 2006, Best Restaurants Best Atmosphere. “…brief but close-to-perfect menu borrows gleefully from the best home-cooking tradition but fixes it sights on New American comfort foods.” -Seattle Metropolitan, February 2007
Ambiance: An urban venue with the unique feel of a vibrant neighborhood bistro. There is a substantial, yet intimate dining area as well as ample bar seating for those who wish to watch the kitchen prepare their meals, as well as those who enjoy the more casual bar setting. Dimly lit, brightly painted with earth tones in deep reds and oranges and an intimate atmosphere, everyone is welcomed as if into the chef/owners’ home.
What I ordered: My parents and I treasured this visit together – one of their only visits to spend an evening of entertainment with me leading the way in Seattle. I recommended the restaurant based on their preferences of food and the selection in the lower Queen Anne area. They were blown away. My mom even shared, “This place was amazing. I have nothing to complain about.” Welcomed with a generous helping of bread, served alongside a bowl of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, my dad and I could not be swayed from the soup du jour ($7): a cream of asparagus soup, a small dollop of mascarpone and a swirl of olive oil. I ordered a side smashed potato cake ($3), just because, for my parents to sample and enjoy. When our meals arrived, I was presented with my order of house lasagna with Italian sausage ($16), newly presented on a larger plate in a pool of tomato sauce and thick, freshly grated Parmesan cheese. My mother was served her curried vegetarian dahl (($17) with spring peas, carrots, spinach and a large, half-cut and neatly displayed pappadam. My father’s pick: the fish of the day ($25): halibut and prawns served in a tomato bouillabaisse with celery and onions and dusted with fresh chopped basil. For dessert, upon review of the menu options ($8 each): old fashioned carrot cake with pineapple butterscotch, a rhubarb crumble served warm with orange blossom-honey ice cream, the dark chocolate-raspberry torte (a chocolate covered mound of cocoa nib chantilly and layered with fresh raspberries and a thin slice of chocolate cake and presented on a plate in the middle of a raspberry-syrah reduction), and the lavender creme brulee with Scottish shortbread, my mother selected the dark chocolate-raspberry torte.
What I loved: The dark chocolate raspberry torte was a hit at the table – the seamless blend of the tart raspberries layered between a cocoa nib chantilly and a thin slice of chocolate cake, then covered in dark chocolate. But truly, the lasagna is the one to write home about.
Why I loved it: The food is consistently great at Crow. The service always friendly and the wait-staff pleasant. The lasagna beats any other lasagna I’ve tried (or attempted to make) and the space, proximity to theater – cinema and theatrical, the ballet, burlesque and sporting arena – unbelievable!
Cost: Average ($16-$25 for the dinner entree)

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