Editor's Note: Today's post is by Foodspotting Seattle Ambassador and professional travel photographer Valentina Vitols.
Seattle Restaurant Week just began and Foodspotting is having a contest! Not only will restaurants be serving up three-course dinners for $28 (many are also offering $15 three-course lunches), spot any dish at the 150+ participating Seattle restaurants from now until April 19th and you could win one of four $50 restaurant gift cards for more foodspotting opportunities.
Not sure where to start? Here are five of my favorite dishes to spot this Restaurant Week...
Sockeye Salmon Crostini @ Spur Gastropub (pictured above) Beautifully presented, plump Sockeye salmon rests on a lush bed of mascarpone topped with capers and pickled shallot. This dish will redefine the way you think of the term "melts in your mouth."
Lanzo Cured Pork Loin @ Art of the Table The menu at this tiny yet beloved restaurant features local ingredients prepared using traditional (and not so traditional) techniques. The owners believe that an ever changing, dynamic menu offers diners the real experience of eating locally so you may or may not get this exact dish. But one thing is for certain at Art of the Table: their pork dishes are magic.
Coconut Cream Pie @ Dahlia Lounge Many foodspotters have a sweet tooth and for that in Seattle we have Tom Douglas' famous coconut cream pie! Dhalia Lounge has included this spectacular dessert on its Restaurant Week menu and, trust me, we're doing a happy dance for you. This decadent dish is made with white chocolate and toasted coconut and, as you can see, it's highly photogenic.
Spiced Duck Leg with Chestnuts and Cherries @ Poppy This Capitol Hill restaurant finds inspiration for their dishes from the “thali,” a platter served to each guest holding a variety of small dishes. The Duck Leg is accompanied by beet yogurt soup with avocado cream, moroccan carrot salad with preserved lemon, vanilla parsnips with black pepper, savoy cabbage and oyster mushroom gratin, rhubarb pickle and nigella-poppy naan. Run, don't walk, for this dish. It's that delicious.
Halibut @ Rover's A Seattle favorite, Thierry Rautureau is the James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of Rover’s and Luc restaurants, both participating in Restaurant Week. Known as the "Chef in The Hat," his dishes have wowed locals and visitors alike. If you are a fish connoisseur waiting to be impressed, this particular dish will have you singing its praises.