On Saturday evening, Urbanspoon treated all IFBC attendees to a fancy night on the town. Instead of squeezing everyone into one local spot, we were shuttled in smaller groups all over the city and surrounding areas for a Surprise Supper. Since neither Ryan nor I have dietary restrictions, only an undying love for food, we were actually pretty stoked about trying two different restaurants. I ended up in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood at Blind Pig Bistro. This small unassuming restaurant in a mini strip mall in Eastlake seats fewer than 25 at a time and serves seasonal dishes. The group’s dinner reservation was at 9:15, so by the time we were at the restaurant, we had the full attention of the staff.
The chalkboard menu changes frequently, using ingredients that are local and in season. The tasting menu (everything on the board) is recommended for a group of four, and with that number, you’re looking at about $40 per person for the entire menu. Since Urbanspoon was all about spoiling us food bloggers, between six, we shared two tasting menus. Needless to say, we were STUFFED. So so satisfyingly stuffed.
Blind Pig Bistro Tasting Menu – 09.21.2013
01 – Beer Bread, Butter, Salt
02 – Scallop Crudo, Avocado, Lime, Serrano, Apple
03 – Beets, Rhubarb, Feta, Orange, Mizuna
04 – Zucchini, Tarragon, Egg, Bacon, Bread Crumbs
05 – Octopus, Romesco, Potato, Purslane, Parsley
06 – Puntarelle, Albacore Tuna, Chickpea, Smoked Tomato Aioli
07 – Rainbow Trout, Corn, Tatsoi, Anchovy, Cauliflower
08 – Clams, Potato, Lardo
09 – Porcini, Farro, Poppy Seed, Fennel, Dandelion Greens
10 – Buttermilk Gnocchi, Sultana, Chard, White Chantarelle
11 – Duck, Lobster Mushroom, Treviso, Corona Beans
12 – Bavette Steak, Charred Eggplant, Potatoes, Carrots
13/14/15 – Assortment of desserts!
My favorites for the evening were the rainbow trout, duck, and zucchini salad. The menu is definitely aimed at equal-opportunity eaters with its wide range of meats, veggies, and flavors. Come hungry and ready to take your taste buds all over the place. Two and a half hours later, I can see why Seattle Magazine gave Blind Pig Bistro Best New Chef-Driven Eatery in 2012. We wrapped up our meal with some hugs and a quick group photo with the staff. Thanks for having us, Chef Walpole!
(photo credit: Christine Willmsen at The Solo Cook)
When I described my meal to Ryan afterward, I could sense a wee bit of envy. His dinner at Re:public was delicious too, but I think the variety in all the dishes caught his attention. Guess we’ll have to make a trip there on our own the next time we’re in Seattle!