The ART of Fine Dining in Seattle

Wondering when I was going to make good on that long-lost threat to post Part Two of Seattle Girls’ Trip? Wonder no more! After a ridiculous delay, here it is. To be followed, maybe even tomorrow, by Part Three!Seattle Four Seasons LobbyTucked into a corner of the Seattle Four Seasons’ art-filled lobby is ART Restaurant. Even if you’re not staying at the hotel full of ocean view rooms, the restaurant is a destination in its own right, offering a taste of that five-star service along with its tasty food.ART Restaurant entranceThe first clue that this dining experience would be inextricably linked to the lighting was the sign.View of Great Wheel Seattle from Four Seasons LoungeInspired by the ferris wheel lurking outside on the Seattle waterfront, perhaps? This is the ART Lounge, which could be the definition of Mood Lighting.ART Coat Check tagWaiting for your table at the bar near the soft glow of those LED-infused shelves, if you checked your coat, you’ll discover even the minor details are not minus aesthetics.ART Four Seasons MenuAs I perused the locavore menu, the green sheen in the air made sense. Any Pacific Northwest restaurant worth its west coast salt requires a market-to-table philosophy. Besides, Pike Place Market is practically right next door. Appetizers Four Seasons SeattleNor did I notice the subtle switch to a tangerine hue as the appetizers arrived. I was too busy inhaling the Potato Gnocchi with chanterelles and melted leeks as well as the Crazy Salad, which was not psycho but a delightful fresh mix of local greens. Home-made tortilla chips arrived in the brown paper with the sticker, which I thought was a little casual for a Four Seasons… but that didn’t stop me from wolfing them down. To the left of my wineglass, you can see the Dungeness Crab Cake Bites peeking out of the brown paper in their black pot. Heads up:  they are deep-fried, which I did not expect. I prefer my Dungeness to taste like crab, not breading.ART Restaurant purple lightsIt was after the appetizers were cleared that I really became obsessed with the radiance of the room. It reminded me of the spectrum lighting of the Muttart Conservatory glass pyramids in Edmonton, of all places. I used to stare down at those I. M. Pei-ish designs during desolate winter nights (that would be November through May) from my condo.ART Restaurant Red LightsJust because I have three wine glasses lined up here, don’t start thinking it was my vision. Because look! The color changed again. Entrees Four Seasons SeattleBack to the food. Emily, my dining companion, was in Locavore Carnivore mode, so she had the 8-ounce Beef Tenderloin but ducked out of the picture just in time. So annoying to dine with a blogger. I had the Seared Kodiak Halibut: Fennel, Miscela. Both dishes were delish.Dessert ART RestaurantFor dessert we split a Warm Cup O’ Chocolate Cake. Lovely.ART Restaurant bar lightingWhen the spectrum pivoted to pink…Tiffany Burns Four Seasons Seattle… I know it was a good time to leave, since my pants matched the current luminosity. But…Dining Room Four Seasons Seattle…before I got too smug about the tandem incandescence, it changed again.Ferris Wheel SeattleRolling out to the steamy cityscape, I tried to resist admiring the Big Wheel, but it would become a constant thread throughout my Girls’ Weekend in Seattle. Now, after a night dining within the artful glow of ART, it seems like a perfect pairing.Besos

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