Madison Park Conservatory – Seattle, WA

Madison Park Conservatory – Seattle, WA

I’m not sure why it took me a year to find this place but I’m glad I finally found it.  Owners Bryan Jarr and Cormac Mahoney, once a chef at Sitka & Spruce, have nailed it with this spot!  You might recognize Chef Zoi Antonitsas (yes she’s Greek…we’ve been friends from first sight:)) from Season 4 of Top Chef or from her expansive resume including working for Tom Douglas at the young age of 16 yrs old to Zazu in the CA wine country and Marjorie in Seattle.  What’s even more impressive is that she’s self-taught (with the help of Tom of course).

Do yourself a favor and check it out.  The upstairs bar serves the whole menu as well as drinks that are unlike any you’ve had before.  I can’t remember the name offhand but there’s a Bitter Stormy – their take on a Dark & Stormy that is SO tasty!  For food, I highly recommend the beef tongue, yes tongue…it’s divine and will forever change your preconceived notions about it.  It transformed me:)  The whole trout is amazing…so flavorful and delicate.  For dessert the olive oil ice cream with sea salt on top is delicious.  Might sound a little weird but I swear, it’s great!  Enjoy!

A peak inside the kitchen right behind the hostess’ desk

smoked trout Croquettes, romesco sauce, aioli

Risotto bolognese, red wine poached farm egg

whole Idaho Trout, pine nuts, capers, currants, brown butter *(My favorite dish hands down!!!)

herb roasted Ribeye steak, fingerling potatoes, blue cheese butter

Ummm…yes please!

lemon and créme fraiche bread pudding, huckleberry

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