When you have an invitation to dinner and drinks that’s a good thing right? Well, the other night my colleague and I had a dinner meeting. Now back in the day ( 2 years ago) this would mean cocktails and little thought about ingredients…just bring it on!
That was the old me, the fat unhealthy me ( see earlier posting of the picture) The new me had another plan.
When we arrived at this very hip new spot in downtown Seattle, we were greeted, coat checked and seated. We were watered and offered menus…then the dreaded “can I get you anything to drink to start off”. Now there was a time I would have ordered a Vodka Martini three olives dry. But not now…..
Our waiter was a very sweet, 30 something guy and anxious to please. But I think we threw him a curve ball when we ordered pots of tea. In case you were not aware pots of tea are the official drink of old ladies. He attempted to persuade us toward the interesting and overpriced non-alcoholic concoctions, but we held fast. Especially when my work mate reassured him we would take care of him tip wise as if we had racked up a big bar bill. He was visibly pleased.
The post tonight, however, is really about the food. Loulays is a beautiful restaurant located on 5th and Union downtown. It has an ambiance of older well-established restaurants but in fact has been there less than 2 years.
When I go into any restaurant these days I find the higher end it is the more willing they are to modify the preparation of your meal. This is wonderful as it increases my choices considerably. I ordered the trout and changed it so it would fit into my rules:
Salad with fresh greens and vinaigrette on the side. I only drizzle about a teaspoon of any dressing on my salad and sometimes will simply put salt and pepper and squeeze lemon on top. You would be surprised at how great that taste!
Trout with Brussel sprouts and Sweet Potato puree.
- Sear Brussel sprouts in a 1/2 teaspoon of oil and add water if needed
- Braise trout on grill or spray oil
- No brown butter sauce on Trout
- Put only a small amount of almonds on top ( they added more than that as you can see but this was easily corrected)
- I took the skin off myself at the table.