In Seattle: Le Pichet and Bar Melusine

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There are few compelling reasons to be rich. But one of them is so that you have enough budget to eat out all the time. While I was in Seattle for the Riesling Rendezvous conference, I ate at two rather different places. I recommend them both.

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The first was Le Pichet. It’s a small French cafe in Pike Place, and it’s a delight. Simple, well prepared French dishes and a cracking wine list. No frills. Just the sort of place that you’d like to eat at every day, and could probably afford to, too. We stopped in for a quick lunch, and washed it down with a couple of glasses from Jean Paul Brun in the Beaujolais: the Terres Dorees Cuvée L’Ancien red 2014 (so elegant and refined) and the Terres Dorees Chardonnay 2014 (taut and mineral).

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The second was Bar Melusine. This relatively new, and it’s a distinctly themed, informal but stylish sort of place. The theme is the Atlantic coast of France: Normandy and Brittany. There’s a special emphasis on seafood, and the star turn here is locally sourced oysters.

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Four of us dined very well on lots of oysters, some fried fish skin, a salad, and roasted carrots. The wine list is quite singular, not trying to cover all the bases, but focusing on wines that serve this distinctive menu well. The result is great: lots of Muscadet, and some good representation from other parts of the Loire.

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Bar Melusine is the sort of place I’d like to eat out at often. Unlike Le Pichet, though, it isn’t that affordable. You can rack up quite a big bill here fairly quickly. I blame the oysters, but the food and setting are so good, it’s worth it.

How are you going to spend your money? On things? Or experiences? I vote for the latter.

1 comment to In Seattle: Le Pichet and Bar Melusine

  • fatFred

    So, on the North Pacific coast of the USA, a restaurant specialising in food from ‘… the Atlantic coast of France…’!

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