Boat Street Cafe

Written by on August 17, 2012 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(boatstreetcafe.com) – Seattle, Washington

How I heard of this place: Many years ago, when it first moved to the northern-most end of downtown Seattle, my friend Tahirih introduced me to Boat Street Cafe for lunch.  

Type of cuisine: “A Provençal sensibility inspires both food and space at the Boat Street Cafe. You’ll eat simple, sturdy, luscious food-the food of French grandmothers made of the freshest ingredients mostly from local farmers. The room with its slate tables, mismatched chairs, and warm oak floors is bathed in the amiable glow of candlelight and cream-colored walls. Located adjacent to the Boat Street Kitchen.”

Boat Street Menu

Ambiance: “We’re honored to be listed in the top 25 restaurants in Seattle by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine for our  “whitewashed rafters to its candlelit slate tables to its nicked oak floors, no restaurant in Seattle spins such an offhand sense of romance as the sure-handed Boat Street.” (Full article: Seattle Best Restaurants 2011) Just outside the work lofts at the north end of town, an easily missed sign points the way to the Cafe. Around the corner and one is delightfully surprised by the Mediterranean colors of tablecloths, shaded by white umbrellas with wooden stands and happy people, enjoying their fresh meals. The shallow staircase path leading down to the outdoor patio is beautifully decorated with large sections of lush greenery set against the modern, industrial building scape. Planters of mini trees at the large, windowed, open door create a green space among the cement block building. Large windows open into the restaurant, where fewer lunch-hour diners spend their summer afternoon lunch.

Boat Street Door

What I ordered: Among the four of us, we had one cup of coffee ($2), a cup of grapefruit juice ($4), and water all around. To start, three cups of Tomato Soup ($4.50 each) were enjoyed by the women, while Chris savored the Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese Baguette ($8), and another Goat Cheese Baguette ($3) to wash it down!

Tomato Soup

For our main entrees, Suzanne and I immensely enjoyed the tender Neah Bay Marble King Salmon with Basil Sauce ($16), beets, cabbage salad and baguette.

Salmon

Ami enjoyed the Leek & Onion Clafouti ($14) with salad, baguette and champagne grapes.

Clafouti

Chris was most intrigued by the Herb Roasted Pork ($14) with smoked apricot sauce, couscous, salad and grilled zucchini.  

Pork

What I loved: The freshness of the tomato soup with ample fresh herb, the simply prepared, juicy salmon with rich basil (pesto) sauce, and the light lemony vinaigrette of the salad dressing.   

Why I loved it: I always love the Boat Street Cafe’s fresh, local and seasonal selection of abundant flavors prepared in a simple, yet richly profound way.

Cost: Average ($10.50 – $15 per lunch entree)

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