Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Chef Hangs Up His Hat

You have very little time to eat at one of Seattle's finest restaurants


On a typical Wednesday, we tell you about a restaurant that was just born.

Today, alas, we tell you about one that's about to die.

Thierry Rautureau
is one of Seattle's most iconic chefs, and he's about to close the place that made him famous.

His Madison Valley restaurant, Rover's, opened in August of 1987 as one of the first to blend classic French techniques with Pacific Northwest ingredients.

In the intervening 25 years he's taken home a James Beard Award and helped spearhead Seattle's food renaissance.

Thierry announced last year that 2013 would be the swan song for the restaurant. He originally planned to close up this month but due to demand (and a little sentimentality), he's extended reservations until June 23.

Although Rautureau's casual bistro Luc will remain open, Rover's is a completely different (and superior) experience. So go ahead and crack the piggy bank to splurge on the iconic Grand Menu Degustation, one of the best three-figure dinners in the city. Or any city, really.

The seared foie gras with savory profiterole is justifiably legendary, as are the signature scrambled eggs topped with sturgeon caviar.

The clock is ticking: two months left to have one of the best meals of your life.

2808 E Madison St, Madison Park
(206) 325-7442

Price: 4 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Best bets: Foie gras; sturgeon caviar scramble; dungeness crab soup
Nearby: Nishino; Crush; Cafe Flora

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