Best Seattle Restaurants

Someone was asking me for the best restaurants of Seattle. Lots of controversy, here, but

The “Seattle Times”:http://edb.seattletimes.nwsource.com/ae/scr/st_res_sr.cfm?a=0&ah=0&o=1&cui=0&winSize=50&chunkSize=10&oo=2&p=0&s=3&d=n&oh=y&alpha=&beer=f&smoking=&ckBox=&keyw= has their best list.

Notable new ones as opposed to boring old ones (but they are still great like the Herbfarm or Rover’s) are:

* Beato Food and Wine. It’s more of a local place in West Seattle, but got a 3.5 stars from them
* “Coupage”:http://edb.seattletimes.nwsource.com/ae/scr/edb_vd.cfm?ven=43952&s=st. Its in Madison Park and is actually French-Korean if you can imagine that. The signature dish is ground short ribs and foie gras which is called Coupage Burger. Its another neighborhood place.
* Crow. Another neightborhood bistro this time in Queen Anne.
* “Marjorie”:http://edb.seattletimes.nwsource.com/ae/scr/edb_vd.cfm?ven=7492&s=st. Its in Belltown and is now an exotic bistro where there are is an adventuresome memnu including Hanoi sprint golls, Sri Lankan Curry and Southern pork ribs all on the same menu.
* “Nell’s”:http://edb.seattletimes.nwsource.com/ae/scr/edb_vd.cfm?ven=3553&s=st. I haven’t been there since it was called Saleh Alago’s, but it is supposed to be wonderful.

Brasa’s, Cascadia, Tulios (love their gnocchi!) and Campagne of course make the list as well.

The “Seattle Weekly”:http://www.seattleweekly.com/food/ has a great alternative list as well:

“Go once a year”:http://www.seattleweekly.com/food/2007diningguide/index.php?neighborhood=&cuisine=&category=have-a-once-a-year-splurge&search=Search is a great list including:

Coupage, The Georgian, Brasa and Lampreia

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VaBene ??? and SOAHC

OK, I’m way behind on blogging restaurants, here are some:

“Va Bene”:http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/dining/italian/has/vabene/. This is an Italian restaurant that looks like a villa. You don’t know you are in Shanghai. The clientele is mainly western, so its kind of a nice spot.

Also went to “SOAHC”:http://www.shanghaiguide.com/restaurants/?detail=922 which is next door. That is a local chinese cuisine. Great shrimp. Sort of like Shanghainese but actually it is Yangzhou cuisine. They do have xiao long bao though, my personal favorite. It is at House 3 Lane 123 Xing Ye Lu, South Block by Huangpi Nan Lu +86-21-6385-7777Xintiandi ???. It is owned by Lily Chao a famous Hong Kong Movie Star

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VaBene ??? and SOAHC

OK, I’m way behind on blogging restaurants, here are some:

“Va Bene”:http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/dining/italian/has/vabene/. This is an Italian restaurant that looks like a villa. You don’t know you are in Shanghai. The clientele is mainly western, so its kind of a nice spot.

Also went to “SOAHC”:http://www.shanghaiguide.com/restaurants/?detail=922 which is next door. That is a local chinese cuisine. Great shrimp. Sort of like Shanghainese but actually it is Yangzhou cuisine. They do have xiao long bao though, my personal favorite. It is at House 3 Lane 123 Xing Ye Lu, South Block by Huangpi Nan Lu +86-21-6385-7777Xintiandi ???. It is owned by Lily Chao a famous Hong Kong Movie Star

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No. 50 Moganshan Rd

“No. 50 Moganshan Rd”:http://com.miami.edu/china/index.php?subaction=showcomments&id=1153121941&archive=&start_from=&ucat=6& ?????50? not dry mountain? is a renovated power plant that has some amazing art and sculpture that is at the cutting edge of art in China. It is mainly post-modern stuff and really interesting. The artists live in their galleries, you can see the little day beds and things everywhere.

It is quite hard to find in the Putuo District ?????so get good directions, but there are amazing hutong everywhere that are being rapidly demolished for high rise construction.

Some of the cool artist there include Xie Rong (??) in No 113, Building 4 with really amazing photographs contrasting modern and old china in Shanghai. Also, Mr. Iron (“mr-iron.com”:http://www.mr-iron.com) has some amazing iron sculptures in Building 4, First Floor,

Angel Club

We didn’t actually go there, but Phil told us the “Angel Club”:http://www.clubzone.com/c/Beijing/Nightclub/ANGEL_CLUB.html is one of the hotest restaurants in Beijing. Its actually right next to an enormous bowling alley and a bunch of other clubs. Its part of a group of clubs owned by “http://www.tangclub-bj.com/”:http://www.tangclub-bj.com/

No. 6 Gongti Xi Lu,ChaoYang District(South to Gongti 100 Bowing sport center), Beijing. Phone +86 (010) 6552 8888

Concierge.com Shanghai Restaurants

“Concierge”:http://www.concierge.com/destination/shanghai/eating is the Conde Nast Traveler web site. Aside from T8, they have some other great recommendations including 3 on the Bund. I’ve been there and while the food was very good, the main thing was the amazing view of the Bund.

Other ones that I need to check out are “Creek Kitchen”:http://creekart.cn which is the reasonably priced fifth floor restaurant at this warehouse district hip hangout and “Lan Na Thai”:http://www.facebars.com/sh/lannathai.htm wchih has great thai food (yum!)