Birthday dinner at Canlis, Queen Anne

So we came here for my birthday, Canlis being one of those must-try posher places in Seattle, the likes of Kashiba but with a stricter dress code (sports jacket for guys). We don’t have very many clothes (the vast majority of our money is spent on food, as this blog testifies to) but Z happened to have the one suit lying around (from our wedding!) haha so to Canlis we went.

The most impressive thing about this entire experience really was the valet :P There’s some mysterious comms between the waitstaff and the valet when you leave and the valet manages things such that the second you exit the restaurant, your car is waiting there for you! Insanely put together operation. These guys could be spies. Or wedding planners.

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The next most impressive thing: the Peter Canlis prawns – spot prawns, deshelled, served in some sherry foam and with a texture that I can only achieve by sous vide. Extra juicy and buttery.

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Z’s steak tartare – I didn’t really try it although the tuile looked really nice. A chunky tartare too, not like the almost mousse-like one we had at Gordon Grill.

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Some crunchy buckwheat crepe roll with red bean paste filling and green tea salt – this was the amuse bouche and was a lot more savoury than I was expecting for azuki bean – interesting nonetheless.

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Freshly baked bread and butter – love the rolls here – like tiny little baguettes.

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My glass of water and the menu. We were somewhat oddly seated, both on the same side of the table looking out. In retrospect it was a little like “bar seating” since the waiters just drew up to our table and served us from the opposite side. The tables were cushioned and the linen ironed before each sitting (I saw them ironing the linen of the table next to ours)

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Caesar salad with coddled egg dressing – thought the egg was not really apparent for such a lovely description. I prefer tasting the anchovy in caesar dressing but this was really more tart.

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Z’s filet mignon with lovely grill marks

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Medium rare

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My trout with maitake and pickled cabbage

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The famous phone. I think one of the family was dining that night since there was a little girl with an older man sitting at that table and having a quick bite with some rather off-the-menu type things. They arrived after us and left before us and eating at Canlis is definitely more of a 2-3 hour type experience.

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Four types of sugar for my coffee. Regular, demerara, vanilla infused, stevia. Fancy.

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Cappuccino with bird and two hearts.

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A perfectly airy grand marnier and citrus souffle. Chocolate writing could be better but the souffle was so amazing. The table next to us (if you haven’t already gathered, Canlis is a great place for people-watching) ordered all the same menu – Caesar salad, Trout, and the grand marnier souffle – I couldn’t imagine why nobody wanted to try different things and share them but the kitchen must have had a field day preparing their 6 souffles all at once since souffles are only whisked and put together when the order is placed; having souffle orders trickle in one by one after the previous souffle has been made must be the most annoying thing ever.

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Chocolate banana mousse with a hard chocolate candy shell – as impressive as the souffle.

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Complimentary macarons. Can’t remember the flavours :x but they were pretty delicate. (Side note: When will anyone in Seattle make a rose flavored macaron??? And stop with all the deceptively pink but raspberry flavored ones??) They also gave us a house made filled chocolate bar to take home. I love little favors like these! Aqua by El Gaucho leaves you little chocolate chip cookies in the car, which are fantastic.

So I used to think Canlis was expensive but one can still get a pretty decent meal here with all the fixings for less than the omakase at Kashiba. Makes you think.

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One thought on “Birthday dinner at Canlis, Queen Anne

  1. I love Canlis and I think it is a Seattle MUST! I agree there are a lot of good restaurants in Seattle, but no one does the ambiance and customer service like Canlis does. A lost art if you ask me.

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