Altura – Seattle, WA

Since I have been traveling a lot lately, I haven’t had the opportunity to be that social, so we decided to go out for dinner with our fantastic neighbors tonight. We went to Altura, Seattle restaurant of the year, according to the “Seattle Met”.

We all opted for the tasting menu. Here’s what it looked like:

Chef's Tasting Menu

Complimentary Cider

This mini glass was full of a delicious cider. Tasted like Christmas in a glass.

Complimentary Bread with Salted Butter

Chef's Surprise

Chef's Surprise

Ricciola Crude Cold Smoked With Horseradish and Lemon

These dishes were all really great. My friend noted that all of the dishes were “made with TLC” and boy, could you taste the love. Yum!

Butter Poached Lobster with Persimmon, Satsuma and Chili

This was probably my favorite dish of the evening. I loved everything about it. My Mom has always really enjoyed persimmons but I never got on that bandwagon, but after this dish I am completely sold! I hope they taste this delicious. :)

Pumpkin Risotto

H and one of our friends thought that this was the best dish of the evening. It was very tasty, and I am very picky about my risotto’s. I don’t find many that I like.

Pheasant Agnolotti. Mushroom Ragu

Pheasant Agnolotti with Fresh Alba White Truffles Shaved Table side

So, as I mentioned in previous posts, truffles are my weakness. They were offering FRESH alba white truffles shaved table side for an extra $55. There was no question in my mind that I was going to get those truffles!! They smelled delicious as the server shaved it onto my pasta, and the taste was mild and clean. I am not convinced it was worth the extra $55, but I couldn’t say no!

Slow Roasted Duck with Vanilla Chestnut Puree, Braised Red Cabbage, Seared Foie Gras

This dish was pretty yummy itself. Our friend wasn’t convinced, especially since this was his first time having foie gras like this. S thought it was the best foie gras he’s ever had and I thought it was pretty good. My SIL (aka Edda) and my brother (aka “Meeps” or “Meepy”) LOVE foie gras, so I sent this picture to them earlier tonight. The duck had a fantastic crispy skin to it and the apple was a great little touch. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the chestnut puree though.

Foie Gras

Massive Foie Gras

After we finished our main with the duck our server came around and asked how we felt about foie gras and letting us know the chef had a foie gras dish for us if we were up to it. Since our friend hadn’t had foie gras before, and didn’t like the last foie gras that much, we were interested in trying another one. The picture above is what came out. Two massive foie gras’, one for each couple. This dish wasn’t included in the chef’s tasting menu, so we felt pretty fortunate to have got this.

Since the pieces were so generous and we had just ate a handful of dishes before this, we weren’t able to finish! My SIL and brother will probably shame us for life for leaving precious foie gras behind, but I stand by my decision. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

Bourbon Caramel Semifreddo with Persimmon and Pomegranate

The dessert was pretty good. It was not too rich or heavy, and it was a nice way to finish off our meal. The persimmons, again, were surprisingly delicious!

The Damage

Total Damage: $584.73 (Including tax, Excluding tip)

Personal Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Really Good)

Overall, this place was pretty good. I wouldn’t say this was the best meal I have had in Seattle, but it was a great evening and the food was really great. The service was good and the restaurant was quaint. I would recommend it for any special occasion or a nice evening out!

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Altura

617 Broadway E
Seattle, WA
98102

(206) 402 6749

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