Palace Kitchen

Written by on October 28, 2014 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 2 Comments

(tomdouglas.com/index.php/restaurants/palace-kitchen) – Downtown Seattle, Washington

Palace Kitchen

How I heard of this place: Tom. Douglas. Who hasn’t heard of a Tom Douglas restaurant in Seattle? In fact, it was the first of his establishments at which I had the pleasure of dining in my early days of living in Seattle.

Palace Kitchen Menu

Type of cuisine: New American, where comfort food meets fine dining.

Palace Kitchen to the Right

Ambiance: Dim-lit interiors

Palace Kitchen to the Left

with natural light dipping in through the floor-to-ceiling windows facing 5th Avenue,

Palace Kitchen From the Front Door

the red glow of lighting emanating throughout.

Palace Kitchen Bar & Kitchen

Amber-tinted bulbs, hustle and bustle of servers wrestling the clamor of patrons conversing, eating, enjoying. Pleasant, romantic vibe in an otherwise busy setting.

What I ordered: Wishing to partake of happy hour just minutes before it was set to end, I selected three of the four food items off of the Happy Hour Menu. Grilled Beef Meatballs ($5) served over a red sauce with crumbled feta and chopped fresh parsley,

Palace Kitchen Grilled Beef Meatballs

Romaine Salad ($5): intact inner leaves of Romaine drenched in dressing and sprinkled with Parmesan, served with a “shrunken enormous crouton“,

Palace Kitchen Romaine Salad

and Roasted Cauliflower “Parmesan” ($5) heaped with burnt breadcrumbs.

Palace Kitchen Roasted Cauliflower "Parmesan"

Dining with seven others, including my husband, for a friends birthday and as a part of Seattle Restaurant Week, my husband opted to sample the prix fixe menu (3 courses for $30). To start, the Cream of Mushroom Soup with lobster mushroom relish and shaved matsutake,

Palace Kitchen Cream of Mushroom Soup

followed by the Palace Burger Royale, a 1/2-pound of handground Oregon country natural chuck served on a Dahlia Bakery onion bun with toppings on the side, and a generous helping of fries,

Palace Kitchen Palace Burger Royale

and topped off with the Pear & Hazelnut Tart with citrus cream and five spice caramel.

Palace Kitchen Pear~Hazelnut Tart

What I loved: Salad with enormous crouton. Fries. Warm Brownie Sundae (ordered by another in our party) with honey roasted peanuts, smoked white chocolate ice cream, hot fudge, toffee and river salt.

Palace Kitchen Warm Brownie Sundae

Why I loved it: Great for larger parties, fun to see Tom, himself, and a romantic dining experience for all…even parties of eight.

Palace Kitchen Tom Douglas

Cost: Average to high ($18 – $32 per dinner entree)

Palace Kitchen 5th Avenue Side

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  1. Candy Ricco says:

    After reading your blog, I can’t wait to get back to Seattle again! I’m overdue now, but have to wait……can’t wait, can’t wait!!

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