by Deborah Ashin
Crow isn’t the closest restaurant to Seattle Center, but it’s definitely worth the extra walk if you’re looking for a high quality, reasonably priced, pre-theatre dinner. This vibrant urban bistro offers an intimate setting for a meal of simple yet seriously prepared contemporary comfort food.
You scored tickets to the ballet (or the opera or the theatre) at Seattle Center but can’t think of an interesting place to take your date for dinner.
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Crow Restaurant and Bar
Quick and Easy
Why go: Great food, sexy setting
Highlights: Pan roasted chicken, steamed mussels, any dessert
Service: Polished and friendly (can be slow, so tell your server if you’re attending a performance).
Forewarning: Street parking is nearly impossible. Allow time to walk.
Crow’s seductive ambiance is a cross between a stark industrial warehouse and an artist’s romantic loft. Low lighting and gauzy curtains create a visual counterpoint to the restaurant’s minimal décor and cement walls, which are painted in a palette of rich colors. Despite its noisy buzz, Crow is an inviting neighborhood hangout (kid noodles are on the menu) yet intimate enough for a special occasion. For a bird’s eye view of the kitchen, sit at the back counter and chat with the chefs. You can also dine away from the bar under an unexpected crystal chandelier.
The small but enticing menu boasts eclectic Americana fare with Italian, French and Asian influences. You have the option to share a few items or order a complete meal. Dishes are extremely well prepared but totally unaffected. Enjoy one of Crow’s unique cocktails while sharing a mountain of plump, steamed mussels served in a luscious curry sauce. A bountiful salad of bibb lettuce, tossed with hazelnuts, Stilton cheese and crisp slices of pear, is lightly dressed with a nicely balanced port vinaigrette. Entrees are seriously good, especially Crow’s signature pan roasted chicken wrapped in proscuitto. Served in a light sauce with fresh green beans, this crispy moist chicken is perfect. It’s equally easy to fall in love with Crow’s luscious house lasagna made with spicy Italian sausage. A classic preparation of trout with roasted almonds was similarly superb.
Make sure to allow enough time for dessert, or come back after the opera for the sinfully delicious coconut tart or a slice of bittersweet chocolate pâté served with orange caramel. Dessert selections rotate but if it’s available, do not miss the ethereal Meyer lemon chiffon cake, topped with sugared strips of lemon. Perhaps the biggest problem with dining at Crow before a performance is the need to quickly fly away from such a splendid dining experience.
Open: Daily for dinner
Crow (Lower Queen Ann)
823 Fifth Ave N (at Roy)
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