Cafe Juanita

Cafe Juanita deserves a separate posting in itself, as it is one of the top-rated restaurants in the United States.  Chef Holly Smith allows her patrons to savor the fare specializing in Northern Italian food with a commitment to organics and sustainability.  They offer a nice selection of exotic meats and seafood.  Cafe Juanita, located in Kirkland, WA is also known for their award-winning wine list.  On this night, we chose to bring a bottle in (as it was not on their wine list), and paid a $25 corkage fee to do so.  We also enjoyed rose champagne by the glass as a starter.   And take a look at this nice “birthday” spread…      

  • Seared Foie Gras with Onion Crostata, Candied Ginger, Cacao Nib and Charteuse Apple Brodo
  • Veal Sweetbreads with Fried Capers and Parsley, Ligurian Olive Oil
  • Local Rabbit Braised in Arneis with Baby Turnips, Pancetta and Porcini
  • Fish of the Day – Scallops
  • Bittersweet Chocolate Torta with Marcona Almond Gelato, Tangerine Reduction,Caramelized Banana
  • Piccoli Pasticcini; Diti di Mandorle, Golden Raisin Krumiri, Pinenut Biscotti and Gianduja (a cookie plate)

The evening could be described as a reserved quiet romantic elegance.  From the fireplace on one side, to the tea lights throughout the restaurant, a nice atmosphere.  The staff is attentive but not obtrusive.  The other patrons keep a hushed tone in deference to the surrounding atmosphere.  An all-around lovely evening!

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