August and September are always busy months for me. We celebrate our wedding anniversary on August 5, then we celebrate Joel's birthday on August 27 and the celebration end on September 8 when we celebrate my birthday. If you have been following my infrequent posts then you are aware that we went to San Francisco for our anniversary this year and had a fabulous time I might add.
For Joel's birthday this year we decided to eat at Restaurant Zoe. Now, we have lived in Seattle for 6 years and I really can't believe that we have never dined at this fabulously cool restaurant. It seems like we have dined at many of the well known haunts; Georgian Room - now known only as the Georgian; The Waterfront; The Pink Door; Teatro Zinzanni; Il Fornaio; Serafina, just to name a few. This year we wanted to go somewhere that we haven'tried before so Joel decided on Restaurant Zoe.
I can only speak for myself but "oh what a night". This place is fantastic! Our waiter, Roddy, was professional and courteous; and the meals were so scrumptious that I had to stop myself from licking the plate clean. You know that I am only kidding, I am certainly not the plate-licking kind of gal but just wanted to express my delight with the meal I was served.
The day before I had called the restaurant and spoke to the Tom Knowles - the manager, to let him know that we were celebrating Joel's birthday. After arriving at the restaurant Tom recognized my voice from our phone conversation. Hey, I wouldn't even go so far as to call it a conversation as it was little more than a 10 word dialogue...but just the fact that he knew me and remembered my name was something. He proceeded to use my name a couple more times throughout the evening and that just did it for me. This place is fantastic; certainly a 5 star dining experience. Of course, I cannot imagine the Manager hiring staff that did not treat the diners with the same level of care that he took in greeting us as we entered, so I should have anticipated an exceptional evening. Maybe I should have read some of the reviews like this one.
”Tom Knowles, Restaurant Zoë’s General Manager, knows how much it means when everything—service, food, atmosphere—come together when dining out, and he'll do all he can to make that happen every night at Zoë.” — ”Best Host” Seattle Magazine, Restaurants Awards
I started with a cocktail...some type of cranberry martini...yum it was delicious. Maybe too delicious which is why I cannot recall the name of it. Joel who is a health fanatic and saves any drinking for special ocassions such as this, was abstaining for reasons you would know if you read a previous post. For an appertizer I went with the endive, frisée & radicchio salad then for the entree I chose the wild troll king salmon, with warm fingerling potato salad, watercress, shaved fennel & red pepper coulis. I ended with the desert special but cannot for the life of me remember what it was? I do remember that it was also made to perfection...the cocktail and the couple of glasses of wine must have effected my long term memory.
We had a perfect birthday celebration and I cannot wait to return to Restaurant Zoe again; hopefully in the very near future.