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A Trip to Zoë (Wait, is this a restaurant blog now?)

June 23, 2013

I adore Restaurant Zoë.  I first discovered it during Dine Around Seattle, when they offered a three-course dinner for $30 bucks.  I’ve been going back ever since.  They were closed for a few months while they moved from Belltown to Capital Hill, but their new location is top notch as well.  I figured it would be an excellent choice for Mystery Meet, and the chef did not disappoint.

Chilled Pea Soup

Chilled Pea Soup

Salmon w/ red pepper purée

Salmon w/ red pepper purée

We started off with smoked char with crème fresh and chilled pea soup, which was absolutely amazing.  I usually don’t like chilled soups, but this worked very well and the slight hint of creme added a lot to the flavor.  Between courses, a few sides were tossed out onto the table for all to share.  One side that was particularly interesting were fava beans roasted with jalapeños and seat salt.  They were a bit messy, as you had to spit out the pods, but were quite tasty.

The main course was salmon, served with baby summer squash and a red pepper purée.  Also delightful.  I found the salmon perfectly cooked, which I’m a bit picky on.  Plus or minus thirty seconds can sometimes make or break a salmon dish, in my opinion.

Dessert was a crème caramel with chocolate, which was the perfect finale to this amazing dinner.

As always, the wait staff provided excellent service and explained each dish in detail.  This is, of course, a requirement when you dine with a bunch of foodies.  Alternate entrées were also provided for those at the table who couldn’t eat seafood, wheat or dairy.  We had a turn-out of eight, and everyone seemed to get along quite well.  There was much talk about food, travel, and life in general.

If you live in Seattle (or find yourself in the Seattle area), I’d definitely recommend checking out Restaurant Zoë.  I’m sure you’ll have a fantastic time, just as I did!

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The group!

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