Spur Gastropub — Seattle (4/2013)

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Spur Gastropub was another restaurant that popped up on the molecular cuisine radar when researching Seattle.  It was on Opentable.com, and so was easy to make a reservation.  Their policy is to seat people to make the best use of the small space, so they sat me at the bar.

I wasn’t quite sure what options I would have at the restaurant.  Fortunately, they had tasting menu options of 5 and 8 courses.  All the items are on the a la carte menu as well, so I could have constructed my own meal, but I decided to go with their sequence and selected the 8-course option.

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The Jewel Box at Mistral Kitchen — Seattle (4/2013)

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When planning my trip to Seattle, I ran across an article that talked about molecular cuisine techniques and Seattle restaurants.  One of the restaurants mentioned was Mistral Kitchen.  When I visited their website, I saw they had a couple of ways to dine – a la carte and a restaurant experience called The Jewel Box (I discovered later that they also had a Chef’s Counter experience, which I will discuss later).  The Jewel box seating is a separate room in the restaurant with a quiet, more elegant setting.  In that setting, they offer a couple of testing menu options only.  Given my general dining objectives, I went for The Jewel Box, which was available as a separate entity for booking on OpenTable.com.

When I arrived, I was taken to a small alcove in the back of the restaurant that had two tables.  It looked out on a relatively quiet part of the restaurant.  However, it did not look like the pictures I had seen for The Jewel Box.  My primary server (who handled my seating) said that originally, I was the only one who had booked a seat in The Jewel Box, and he thought it might be a little awkward being the only one in there, so they thought it was better to seat me out in the main restaurant (they subsequently seated two walk-ins in the Jewel Box).

My menu options were to have 4, 6, or 8 courses.  I went with the longest menu.  No preparations were described.  The menu just listed the ingredients for the evening with which the chefs would feature during the meal.

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