UPDATE: This place is closed. Sorry!
Le Gourmand (Ballard)
425 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
Le Gourmand is beautiful, with cream leather chairs, chandeliers like lotus snowballs, an enormous mirror in its own mirrored frame, and the door to the kitchen softly, richly, pristinely upholstered. If the tables at the room's center are snug, occupants can feel lucky to be there, like jewels crowded together in a pretty setting. Bruce Naftaly, chef and co-owner of Le Gourmand, deserves a lifetime achievement award, if not outright canonization. Since 1985, he's been quietly, honorably using local and seasonal ingredients here in the manner that was recently, loudly hailed as revolutionary. But lifetime achievement sounds tired, while his care with Northwest ingredients and his insight into French techniques remains amazing. For very fine dining in Seattle, Le Gourmand is a very, very fine choice.
The Stranger's Reviews of Le Gourmand