(Originally posted on 7/5/06)
Our first dinner in Seattle was at Chez Shea, located in the Pike Place Market. Chez Shea is a small, intimate restaurant that overlooks the water. There is a lounge next to it which is more casual.
The menu includes a chef's tasting menu which we declined to try as there were a few courses which did not appeal to me. The regular menu though had plentiful choices, first and second courses, plus entrees. We began our first course with tuna tartare and manila claims. The tuna was excellent, with a large portion of very fresh tuna. The manila claims were plentiful, tiny and sweet. The second courses included a superb foie gras (silky smooth and very flavorful) and a tomato napolean with Beecher's cheese (homemade mozzarella) which was very fresh, tasty and good-sized.
Entrees included a filet tenderloin accompanied by a potato gruyere with mozzarella. The filet was very tender, tasty and plentiful while the potato was creamy, cheesey and very delicious. The second entree was Kurobuta pork, also a very tender and tasty entree.
They have a good wine list, with a reasonable range of prices and many different choices. We chose a Washington wine, the 2002 Narcissa from Whitman Cellars of Walla Walla. (http://www.whitmancellars.com) This was a Bordeaux style blend and made a nice accompaniement to our meat entrees. The wine sells at retail for about $24.
Service was excellent. Prices are reasonable for this type of restaurant. It would definitely be a nice place to take a date or for a special romantic occasion. Another place in Seattle I would recommend.
Top Floor, Corner Market building
94 Pike Street, Suite 34
Phone: (206) 467-9990