For the last month, Susan has been down in South America hiking and whatnot so we’ve been watching her horrible dog Lola for her. Yesterday she came up to Seattle to retrieve the wee beasty and to thank us and celebrate T’s birthday offered to take us out to dinner. T had his championship Kickball game, so we decided to try Tilth – a very pretty veggie/local food place in Wallingford, fairly close to his game.
Susan & I did a nice run around the lake while T played his game, catching the last few heartbreaking innings where they were neck in neck, finally losing by one point. It was a surprisingly lovely evening weather-wise, so it was nice to be outside. We had to kill a little time before our reservation, so we did a quick Trader Joes run and made it to the restaurant with five minutes to spare.
We’d only walked by the restaurant before, so I was unprepared for how nice it was inside and felt bad to be wearing my yoga pants, but hey it’s Seattle, you can get away with that kind of thing here. Their menu featured a nice mix of vegetarian and fish/meat dishes and uses the same farm that we get our veggie box from, so that was fun. They also have two sizes of each dish – a small and a large, so you can either get a couple of small things or larger things and share. We opted for multiple small dishes that we still offered tastes of so we could try more things from the menu.
The menu featured some terms we were all unfamiliar with, so the server had to do some translating for us, but the food is very elegantly presented. Here is the first course (I didn’t photograph the really delicious smoked date, blue cheese something-something hors d’oeuvre that we started with, but it was also quite lovely as well as yummy!) I’m not the best food photographer in the world, so the food looks even better in real life…
My Dungeness crab salad with Armenian cucumber:
Susan’s corn soup with breakfast radishes and truffle oil (very tasty!):
And T’s lovely Heirloom Lettuce salad with Goat Cheese and Fresh Figs:
The main courses were fancier. I ordered a Ricotta Gnudi, which are basically peirogies made from cheese as opposed to potatoes. The green foamy stuff is a basil “emulsion” and it also had black walnuts and nasturtium flowers:
Susan ordered the Artichoke Plin, which is fancy food talk for skinny ravioli. 🙂
And T got the more conventional salmon, which had a very delicious red pepper, corn and quinoa salad. It’s not as pretty to look at, but the corn milk (the yellow stuff on the top of the plate) needed to be documented…
All in all, it was a very lovely dinner but there were times where the overy “foodie” language bordered on the pretentious. Maybe it was just because I wasn’t expecting it, but I would have preferred to have everything come down a notch in terms of how crazy complicated all of the recipes were. It’s hard not to make fun of “Basil emulsion” We ended up foregoing desserts there to have Molly Moo’s ice cream from down the street. Not very fancy, but delicious and yoga pants appropriate…