Sutra Revisited.

A while back, we had considered going out of town somewhere nearby (in the Pacific Northwest) to do one last trip just the two of us before the baby comes.  Ultimately we decided that being 34 weeks along and having already spent a lot of money on baby related items, we’d just hang out and enjoy a weekend together at home.

Since we didn’t end up going out of town, I thought it would be fun to plan a few date night dinners.  Our favorite spot in Seattle is Sutra, where we went back in May when my sister first arrived for her summer here. 

It’s funny that I have two restaurant posts in a row for you, because I almost never take my camera with me when we go out to eat.  I tend to find that it can take away from the experience of just eating with people you love.  Casey and I agreed that in this particular case, the camera was worth documenting the amazing food they serve at Sutra.

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The restaurant operates at two set seatings each night, and all guests are served together in a prix fixe style.  I started my evening with a cucumber Dry Soda.  I am seriously addicted to this stuff.

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And Casey got some sort of delicious sun tea elixir.  I love that they serve even the non-alcoholic drinks in fancy champagne glasses.  Feels so much more special!

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Not before long, the first course was set in front of us…

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Chilled Yellow Watermelon-Lemon Basil-Fresh Cayenne Soup

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…with an Arugula- Carrot-Pickled Fennel Salad finished Truffle Oil and Sesame Crisp.  This was incredible!  I wanted to ask for a side dish of nothing but pickled fennel – amazing. 

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Followed shortly by the second course – Zucchini-Roasted Yellow Pepper-Spigariello-Cashew Cheese Lasagna with Bay Leaf-Peppercorn Marinated Olives and Arame finished with a Blue Chile-Yuzu Dressing.

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I was a little nervous about the arame (sea vegetable) when they first described the dish, but it complimented the zucchini and cashew sauce so well.  Ate every bite!

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The third course was definitely the highlight – Purple Potato Gnocchi with Capers, Parsley and Smoked Chanterelles with a Roasted Garlic-Hempseed Sauce, Steamed White Russian Kale and Black Cherokee Heirloom Tomatoes.

So much amazing smoky flavor in those mushrooms, and purple potato gnocci that melted in your mouth.  I want another plate of this right now.

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Last but certainly not least – dessert!  Pecan-Fig Crusted Star Fire Nectarine-Rose Tart served with a Carmel-Cacao-Coconut Cream Sauce.

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A delicious way to end a wonderful meal with my favorite dinner date.  The fun thing about Sutra is that the menu changes every two weeks.  We’re hoping to get back there one more time before our little one arrives.

Back shortly with a delicious COOKIE recipe you wont want to miss!