Spring Seattle Restaurant Week has begun! My first stop is lunch at McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside located on Westlake. It was a cloudy day so South Lake Union still had a pleasant view. There was really great lighting with large windows along the lake side.
Atmosphere: Lunch was located on the second floor and there was a ton of natural light that came through from the windows. Ample amount of seating as well. They can accommodate for large parties. I went with a group of 8.
Pricing: Lunch for SRW is $15 not including tax and gratuity.
Service: Our server was spot on and our water was refilled probably 23904820 times. Even with a large party, the servers got everyone’s dishes correctly placed when they were bringing them out. The only hiccup was my friend ordered her salad dressing on the side but it was brought out already mixed. They replaced the dish quickly though. Her dessert was also supposed to be sorbet with berries, but the sorbet turned out to be like chocolate fudge ice cream and the berries were missing. That was more the kitchen’s fault than the server’s.
Appetizer – Penn Cove Mussels, steamed in garlic, ginger, and lemon grass broth. There were a lot of mussels and the broth was delicious! We were also served bread and that went nicely with the broth.
Entree – Grilled Idaho trout seared “picatta style” topped with caper garlic butter. The fish was flaky and the sauce was very buttery. The green beans and mashed potatoes also tasted buttery. The mashed potatoes were a little sweet and more yellow in color than I would have expected.
Dessert – creme brulee! After my first bite, I noticed the the cream underneath the burnt sugar was very different than the others I’ve tasted. The texture was much harder and not “whip” like. It had a thicker consistency than pudding. To be honest, it was only okay and not my favorite.
The other dessert that was served – warm apple crumble with cinnamon ice cream. I thought this dessert was way better than the creme brulee. The granola was nice and crisp and the portion size was really large. I definitely wouldn’t be able to finish it on my own.
Overall: I’ve been here for happy hour and my brother’s wedding was catered by McCormick so I knew the food would be tasty. Overall, I thought the lunch was pretty good, not the best or the worst I’ve had. I think everyone else in my group enjoyed it except for the sorbet. It’s a Seattle staple with some good seafood!