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Restaurant of the Week: Goldfinch Tavern

Located one block from Pike Place Market and inside the luxurious Four Seasons Seattle Hotel is Goldfinch Tavern. Named after Washington’s state bird, the American Goldfinch, you will be captivated by views of the Puget Sound as you step inside the beautiful resort restaurant from Ethan Stowell.

Seattle native Executive Chef Ethan Stowell has made his mark in the world of cooking as a talented James Beard Award-nominated chef and owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants. Stowell partnered with Four Seasons Hotel Seattle to provide an authentic dining experience that highlights fresh and simple Northwest cuisine.

Prepare for dining excellence as you enter the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Request a table by the window to capture the breathtaking sunsets and city views. Whether you are a hotel guest or a local, you won’t want to miss indulging in the fresh ingredients and creations that Goldfinch Tavern has to offer.

If you are joining the restaurant at the dinner hour, kickstart your visit with a Pearanha crafted signature cocktail, poured with Ketel One vodka, pear cardamom shrub and St. Germain. This refreshing and light beverage is not only aesthetically pleasing but also delicious. The Smoked Manhattan is another highly requested drink, made with Woodinville rye, vanilla carpano antica, Averna Amaro and black walnut bitters. This smoke show of a cocktail is engulfed with flavor. Pair either of these beverages with Goldfinch Tavern’s take on bruschetta topped with pickled pear, herbed chevre, smoked gouda, fried sage and infused honey. This light starter will awaken every taste bud as you begin your culinary journey through the menu.

Seafood is a staple in the Pacific Northwest, and the beet and dungeness crab salad will not disappoint. Tossed in a gribiche sauce with watercress and tarragon, this makes for a great shareable or starter. As you work your way to the entrees, inquire about the catch of the day served with seasonal ingredients. Try the cedar plank King salmon served with Pike Place vegetables, charred Meyer lemon, parsley and horseradish butter; this dish highlights a top-quality catch cooked to perfection.

You can truly taste the freshness in each pasta dish, like the bucatini, tossed with parmesan brodo, smoked black pepper, swiss chard and poached egg. This dish uses fresh-made pasta and connects the popular cacio e pepe and carbonara pasta dishes into a unique culinary masterpiece full of flavor. Another delicious option is the rigatoni made up of fresh noodles, a house-made buttermilk ricotta, duck ragu, burnt orange and oregano.

Don’t skip out on dessert or you’ll miss out on the bourbon-chocolate pecan pie, pairing bourbon caramel with a chocolate-salted hazelnut crust, brown butter-bourbon cubes, salted caramel ganache and vanilla bean ice cream. This dessert is one of a kind and filled with decadence in every bite.

Goldfinch Tavern is open daily for breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m.; for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and dinner from 4:30 to 10 p.m. The midday menu is available on the weekends from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and includes some of its most popular starters and the famous Goldfinch burger, stacked with Beecher’s cheese, smoked onion marmalade, aioli and an option of fries or salad. You can also partake in brunch offered Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $65 per person. At brunch, treat yourself to bottomless mimosas and three courses including your choice of an appetizer, entree and a predetermined sample trio of desserts.

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