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Saturday, April 27, 2013

#1996 #S1096 - Metropole, Seattle - 1/2/2013

The Metropole American Kitchen and Bar replaces the shortlived Soban, the last of three pan-Asian restaurants with hit and miss food and some comically bad cocktails from the bar, to have tried to make a go in this space since it was built in 2003. It seems like a difficult location, benefiting from the sporadic crowds walking to the Paramount, but cut over the highway from Capitol Hill and off the beaten track from the heart of downtown. Perhaps the updated American comfort foods from chef Michael Bruno (Tango, Il Terrazo) will have a broader appear to the random gatherings marching home from Soundgarden and "The Book of Mormon."

 I had a quite pleasant baked ziti with lamb bolognese and a nice corn and crab bisque. The bar also seems somewhat upgraded. My "Fremont Old Fashioned" was watery from too much soda, but the "Metropole Manhattan" was considerably better balanced. Both bar and restaurant feature a lot of local products (e.g. Mischief Rye in my Old Fashioned), with several organic and vegetarian options. The name was chosen at least partially for the old Metropole Tavern, which was run by the owner's grandfather. (thestranger)
I had a quite pleasant baked ziti with lamb bolognese and a nice corn and crab bisque. The bar also seems somewhat upgraded. My "Fremont Old Fashioned" was watery from too much soda, but the "Metropole Manhattan" was considerably better balanced. Both bar and restaurant feature a lot of local products (e.g. Mischief Rye in my Old Fashioned), with several organic and vegetarian options. The name was chosen at least partially for the old Metropole Tavern, which was run by the owner's grandfather. (thestranger)

820 Pike Street Seattle, Wa 98101 - 206-832-5555
Est. Dec 27, 2012 - Building constructed: 2003
Previous bars in this location: Soban Restaurant and Lounge, 820 Pike, Bambuza
Web site: metropoleseattle.com - facebook
Reviews: thestranger - thrillist - yelp

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