Claire Price

Description: A casually elegant Belltown restaurant specializing in French and Japanese cuisine.

Did you just say French AND Japanese? Are you drunk?: Yes. But regardless of that, Gambas's dinner menu features choices from either style (filet mignon, tonkatsu pork loin). Also, all entrées come with miso soup and there's a sushi bar right in the middle of the restaurant.

Scenery: Cozy, dark, and accented with plenty of black decor—such as the tablecloths and the sushi bar's sparkly granite countertop.

Unexpected uses for black tablecloths: Tools for subliminal weight loss (color therapists believe they work as appetite suppressors).

Other diet tips employed in the magical realm of color therapy: Avoid red—it'll make you hungry.

Happy hours: Mon–Fri 4–7 pm, Sat 11 am–3 pm and 4–10 pm.

Happy-hour drink specials: $2 bottles (Bud, Bud Light) and premium hot sake deals ($2 for 4 oz., $4 for 8 oz.).

Happy-hour food specials: Discount sushi—ranging $1–$1.50/piece (Tamago Omelette, Tai Red Snapper) and $2–$3.50/roll (spicy salmon, albacore). recommended