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MBAR
Nice Views and Fantastic Food

MBAR is a very cool spot with views of Lake Union and the Space Needle (and cranes, a lot of them!). It is one of my favorite rooftop restaurants.

When you arrive, you are greeted on the first floor of the building. If you have a reservation, you will be accompanied into the elevator up to the 14th floor. Then, you still have to walk along a windowed hallway toward colorful fluorescent tubes. Listening to the pounding music, it feels like you are entering a club!

They have a beautiful patio but it was really too cold to dine al fresco. We were seated inside enjoying the views through large windows.

First, we ordered great craft cocktails. On the menu, every appetizer and entree looked delicious, and we had a hard time choosing. Our table shared 4 main dishes, all tasty!

  • Grilled trout with avocado, sumac, labneh & fenugreek
  • Rabbit braised with caramelized savoy cabbage, pancetta & caraway
  • Duck confit with khoresh of black eyed peas, chestnut & pomegranate
  • Root vegetable cassoulet with turnip, rutabaga, snowcap beans, chantenay carrot & pomegranate

MBAR and Mamnoon have the same owners. You can taste some Mediterranean influences but they mainly serve Pacific Northwest fusion food, if I can call it that… Check my previous post on Mon Petit Seattle about Mamnoon: I love everything at Mamnoon.

MBAR400 Fairview Ave N – Seattle   –  http://mbarseattle.com/

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Canon – Valentine’s massacre

My husband and I never celebrate Valentine’s Day. No judgment on couples who celebrate it, but we do not.

I remember in Paris when we were out on that specific day without realizing it was Valentine’s Day: we had a hard time to find a table in a restaurant and did not understand why! In the US you cannot miss it! With all the social media noise, the pink and red merchandises that flourish everywhere as early as January 1st!

Last February was a Tuesday and this is usually the day of the week we try to go out. So we were out on Valentine’s day! We did not know where to go without a reservation… when my husband spotted this fun poster!

 

It was exactly what we were looking for! With water pistols in front of us, we were ready to order some cocktails and bites and have a great time!

No need to wait next Valentine’s Day to go back to Canon. This a great spot with a nice and intimate atmosphere. The bar is decorated in an old fashioned style. Cocktails are unique and delicious, but some of them are really expensive. Waiters and bartenders were super nice. There can be a long wait, especially on weekends. If you can go right at opening, don’t hesitate.

Canon Seattle, 928 12th ave Seattle

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Brunch at Brimmer and Heeltap

Brimmer and Heeltap is a bar and restaurant in Ballard, open for brunch on weekends.

The space is super cute and light. I like the numerous soliflores along the wall and the blue of the seats. They also have a patio for when the sun decides to shine again…

Reservation is key for the brunch unless you arrive early.

The brunch menu list is pretty short but unique. We had a delicious and fresh housemade Ricotta served with fresh figs. The bread was delicious, thickly sliced and toasted! We shared also a traditional breakfast with eggs, toasts, and sausage and a scrumptious salad.

We will definitely be back one evening to try the dinner menu.

—  Brimmer and Heeltap,
425 NW Market St,
SEATTLE, WA, 98107