It all starts with a shot...

It all starts with a shot...

During a previous visit to Seattle, we had a fantastic meal at Elemental. Lots of good food, interesting drinks, and the final bill was ridiculously well-priced. It’s the kind of thing that appeals to both stomachs and wallets (uh, but not my liver). So it was decided that we should make a return visit, bring some new faces, and do it all over again. Since Elemental doesn’t take reservations, we camped the door a half-hour before the place opened, as we had a larger party this time ’round and wanted to guarantee our seats. We were the second group in line.

So the evening begins with a shot and and from there, it’s non-stop, both with drink and food. Now, knowing what happened last time I was at Elemental (rip-roaring drunk, I!), I tried to pace my drinking this time around. So I clung to the na├»ve thought that I would be able to come through well-enough sharing a wine pairing, and went ahead and ordered a cocktail.

I got a Vesper, my fave martini.

I got a Vesper, my fave martini.

Truffled popcorn, salty and delicous.

Truffled popcorn, salty and delicous.

Stuffed calamari

Stuffed calamari in a lovely beet sauce.

Whitefish and mushrooms

Whitefish and mushrooms.

Gnocchi w/crab in an uni sauce. So creamy. So tasty. Best dish

Gnocchi w/carb in an uni sauce. So creamy. So tasty. Best dish.

Leek soup with chive oil.

Leek soup with chive oil.

Local chicken on a rough mash

Local chicken on a rough mash.

Lamb on couscous

Lamb on couscous.

The cheese plate

The cheese plate.

Pear torte

Pear torte.

Almond cookies and blackberry tarragon sorbet

Almond cookies and blackberry tarragon sorbet.

Peanut ice cream and brownie. Liked the ice cream quite a bit. Salty and sweet.

Peanut ice cream and brownie. Liked the ice cream quite a bit. Salty and sweet.

Overall, quite the meal, and every bit as fun as the last time at Elemental. Everything was tasty, well-prepared, and while we all had our favourites, there wasn’t a bad dish that night.

Highlights for me were certainly the gnocchi in that delicious and creamy uni sauce, and the leek soup, with what we guess is a drizzle of chive oil. The chicken and lamb fight for third, so I’ll call it a tie for now. Though I think I’d give the edge to the chicken!

The seats at the bar overlooking the prep space. Best seats in the house!

The seats at the bar overlooking the prep space. Best seats in the house!

More Elemental photos

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