Un dîner civilisé

We did something civilized and urban and hip this weekend. Last night we made time for dinner at Bastille Cafe in Ballard.  It was the first night of Seattle Restaurant Week in which dozens of restaurants are featuring three-course dinners for $25.

We hadn't eaten at Bastille before.  And since we couldn't fly to Paris on the spur of the moment (let me tell you, the only thing holding us back was the fact Charles de Gaulle airport is closed due to volcanic ash), an evening at Bastille was the next best thing to a cafe in the Marais.  The restaurant has an "old Paris" look complete with subway tile with black grout and lots of mirrors and vintage-looking light fixtures.

And the menu did not dissapoint.  We both ordered the three course dinner.  First course:  grilled asparagus salad with house crouton and sardine viniagrette.  Tasty.  We added a green salad with hazelnuts just to get a little something crunchy.

Second course:  I had the halibut with tomato confit and miner's lettuce salad.  Subtle flavor and and superbly cooked with a great crust on the fish.  (yes, I took pictures.)

Byron had a braised lamb dish with vegetables, which he swooned over to the last bite.

Third course:  (forgot to take pictures) I had the pot de chevre cheesecake-like-thing with rhubarb compote, candied nut crumbles, and goat milk sherbet.  Hard to visualize but VERY easy to consume!  Byron had the cheese course option -- Papillon Roquefort with a hazelnut and date terrine.  Super rich but a nice balance of flavors.

We were impressed with the service, the atmosphere, and the quality of the food.  We'll definitely return.


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