Rooftop bars and restaurants are far and few between here in Seattle. I understand why; with persistent rain 3/4 of the year, rooftop seating isn't exactly profitable. But on a hot summer day, nothing quite beats dining al fresco. My idea of the perfect summer evening is sipping craft cocktails and indulging on delectable dishes outside while surrounded by gorgeous views of the city.
Hence, I've been dying to go to Terra Plata on Capitol Hill for quite some time now. I even added it to my "Seattle Bucket List" that I'm trying to accomplish before leaving for Spain. After yesterday's bridesmaids dress fitting, I suggested we venture to Terra Plata to try their notoriously delicious and sustainable "earth to plate" dishes. Terra Plata values local growers, artisan producers and fresh, seasonal ingredients. They even have their own herb garden atop the roof!
Our happy hour appetizers included house made potato chips with truffled sea salt and pecorino-chive cream, medjool dates with cabrales, lardo, lemon and thyme, and the local cheese plate served with gluten free crostini. In other words, foodie heaven. As we snacked on our gourmet hors d'oeuvres, I sipped on a tasty Moscow Mule made with vodka, Rachel's ginger beer, lime and bitters.
I thought it couldn't get any better than these appetizers, but I was mistaken. Our entrees were heavenly. Dare I say, our dinner was flawless. We ordered a fresh peach and goat cheese salad, pesto risotto with seasonal vegetables and goat cheese, and duck with cherry sauce and polenta. I thought my taste buds were going to explode.
Seattle Rain Drop: vodka, cardamom bitters, ginger, grapefruit and cava
Fresh peaches with goat cheese
Pesto risotto with seasonal vegetables and goat cheese
Orange Hibiscus Sorbet with Lavender
Peruse their website here - but be warned that their menu changes daily, so the online menu doesn't necessarily reflect all of their mouth-watering dishes!