Braised goat gratin – The Walrus and the Carpenter

Braised goat gratin - The Walrus and the Carpenter
Chanterelle, root vegetables, potato. $12
The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle WA

I don’t find a lot of goat on menus, so when I finally do and I’m in the mood I’m always down for trying more. Goat gratin, now that’s a new one for me! Goat has a very distinctive flavor, but it wasn’t overwhelming in this yummy preparation. If you’ve ever wanted to ease yourself into trying goat, this would be the dish for you!

Moon Gates
Moon Gates, Doris Chase, bronze sculpture of three parts.

Ling cod tartare – The Walrus and the Carpenter

Ling cod tartare - The Walrus and the Carpenter
Scallion, ginger, miso, egg yolk, asparagus. $10
The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle WA

I’ve never had ling cod tartare before so this was a new experience. I’m glad I tried it, but I’m not sure I would order it again. It tasted fine, but there were a slimey textural element that I wasn’t fond of. I don’t know if it was from the ling cod or the egg and miso combination. Honestly, I’m not sure what the texture of raw ling cod is supposed to be in the first place. 🙂

Moss clumps
Moss clumps, Renton.

Half dozen oysters – The Walrus and the Carpenter

Half dozen oysters - The Walrus and the Carpenter
3 Sea Cow oysters (right), Hammersley Inlet, WA. 3 Treasure Cove oysters (left), Case Inlet, WA. Served with a mignonette and fresh horseradish. Happy hour $12.39
The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle WA

These little oysters were delicious! I sat at the oyster bar during happy hour and this place was packed. I waited over 30 minutes for a seat to open up but it was worth it. I will say that there was a little bit of shell debris in some of my oysters, but that was easily forgivable for their freshness. The service here was also top notch. The guy behind the bar was great as was the hostess!

Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Tacoma Narrows Bridge “Galloping Gertie”. New span on the left.

On an unrelated note, this is the BEST Wednesday EVER! SCOTUS has struck down DOMA and Prop 8. Love prevails and San Francisco is in celebration!