A review of my dinner at Canlis restaurant in Seattle

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Introduction

Let me first disclaimer this post by saying that while I love food, I’m no “foodie.”  I don’t like sushi.  I don’t know the names of the expensive stuff I eat.  I’m basically like this four year old that reviewed French Laundry.

Anyway, the wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary recently, and a friend had given us a gift card to Canlis restaurant, which is probably THE most famous expensive restaurant in Seattle.  No one ever says, “Oh I love the food there.”  It’s usually, “Ooooh you went to Canlis?  Oh, you fancy, huh!”  While I’ve been here for over 10 years, this was my first time to go.  I don’t remember everything we ate and my memory is bad, so read this review for your enjoyment and don’t take it seriously.

By the way, I splurged and got us both the 9 course tasting menu, and we shared the more expensive wine pairing (since I had to drive home.)  Here we go:

 

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Some kind of martini cocktail.  Pretty good.  My Instagram game is on point!

 

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Totally forgot.  Wasn’t chocolate filled.

 

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This champagne was DELICIOUS!   After we finished our glass, the sommelier offered us a refill, and I mentioned to him how delicious it was.  He said he put in on par with Krug/Dom, and I agreed with him.  Imagine a rose Dom and you get this bad boy.  Definitely the highlight of the meal.

 

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This oyster was good.

 

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Amberjack maybe?  I don’t like sushi, so didn’t really enjoy it as much as my wife.

 

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Can’t even remember it

 

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There were bits of abalone(?) I think in it.  Not memorable.

 

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My favorite wine is Rieslings, specifically German Rieslings.  I tend to like the cheaper ones like Dr Loosen (like $10 a bottle) over the more expensive ones.  Or maybe perhaps I’ve trained my tastebuds to like cheap crap and it doesn’t appreciate the finer ones.  Anyway, I thought this one was on the sweeter side while I prefer the dryer ones.

 

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No clue.

 

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Can’t recall.

 

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Halibut I believe.  It was good.

 

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Beef tartar.  I’m just not a fan.

 

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This one was pretty good even though I can’t remember it.

 

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Good but I can’t recall.

 

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I did NOT like this dish as the main course.  Pork really shouldn’t be the main course, especially one that is just grilled.  I thought it was a bit too fatty for me anyway.

 

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Pretty good dessert.

 

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Too sweet.

 

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I think everyone gets one of these.

 

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The macaroons were good.

 

Conclusion

While we enjoyed the meal, I don’t see us coming back anytime soon.  Like I said, people only come here for special occasions; the couple next to us were celebrating an anniversary as well.  What was the price of the meal?  More than the price of a drugstore variable gift card!

 

  • Mark Ostermann

    I don’t think there was one thing there I would have enjoyed eating :)…but sometimes the atmosphere makes it not matter.

  • Secretary_Toaster

    that dessert looks like it has a bandaid on it