My friend S recently raved about The Book Bindery┬árestaurant. I finally got a chance to go for dinner with some friends last night. Seldom do I have a meal with friends where everyone cleans their plate. The food was delicious and the flavors fresh and subtle. I don’t usually get caught up with the presentation (unless it looks like dog food), as long as the food is spot on. Each dish was beautiful.

Chef Shaun McCrain worked for Thomas Keller in a previous life at Per Se in NYC. The design and layout was the brainchild of Patric Gabre-Kidan, the former business parter of Ethan Stowell here in Seattle.

The Book Bindery Restaurant Seattle

The Book Bindery

The Book BIndery Restaurant Seattle Ship Canal

Our Table overlooking the Ship Canal

The Book Bindery Restaurant Kitchen

The Kitchen

The Book Bindery Restaurant Menu

The Menu

The Book Bindery Restaurant

Farro Quinoa Salad with Mint and Cucumber

The Book Bindery Restaurant Pork Loin

Pork Chop/Belly with Kale and White Bean Puree

Oh yeah and we order all 4 desserts on the menu (to share of course!)

Dessert at the Book BIndery Restaurant

Churros with Pot de Creme, Coconut Rice Cakes with Grapefruit Granita

Dessert at the Book Bindery Restaurant

Frozen Butterscotch Parfait with Rice Krispies and Gingersnap

So, I’ve found a new restaurant to add to my top 5 in Seattle. The space was gorgeous. The service was impeccable (with the exception of not offering coffee with dessert… this is Seattle after all).

Oh, and to top it all off, the Book Bindery has a partnership with Almquist Family Vitners, and there is a tasting room next to the restaurant.

Almquist Family Vitners The Book Bindery

Almquist Family Vitners Tasting Room

So my top 5 favorite Seattle restaurants are:

Franks Oysterhouse & Champagne Parlor, Bizarro Italian Cafe, Walrus & Carpenter, Cafe Presse and The Book Bindery.

hori hori dig dig!