The beautiful wilderness of Fera…

Dinner at Fera is like a glimpse into another – extraordinarily beautiful and opulent – world and really, for the Michelin starred price point & joyful experience of it all, isn’t that kind of the point?

From the moment you step inside, you’re treated like royalty by staff who are utterly charming, incredibly polite and sincerely welcoming. Lofty ceilings and art décor grandeur make you wish you’d been born into 1920’s aristocracy while the curling branches of a focus pulling, twisty-limbed, sun-bleached tree, remind you that the plates of food you’re about to taste are focused on the natural, the seasonal and the local.

At £110 for the tasting menu and between £95 and £150 for accompanying wines, this is not a restaurant designed for your average Tuesday night supper but rather conceived to connect you to home-grown ingredients (most of which on my visit came from former Head Chef Simon Rogan’s own farm) that represent the seasons with ‘fera’ translating as ‘wild’ in Latin.

Rogan’s original restaurant L’Enclume is a 2 Michelin starred establishment that was recently voted number one in The Good Food Guide’s ‘Top 50 Restaurants’ for 2017; to say I was in safe hands here is to suggest that Miley Cyrus likes controversy.

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From crispy fried & stewed rabbit perched atop pea-green lovage puree and sea-herb topped squid to petite buckwheat pastry cases filled with almond and topped with kale, the first three courses were imaginatively created and beautifully presented.

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Streamlined portions leave you wanting more if they’re done well.

I wanted another dozen of each.

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Becoming a Seattle local for 1 night over 13 courses…

One of the nice things about going to a new city is exploring and finding places that become your little secrets, places that you go home and tell everyone about because you found them and you love them and you want to share them with others.

One of the nice things about going to a new city is meeting up with people you know who can save you from making some terrible dining choices and gently steer you towards food that is beautiful, memorable and worth sharing with them.

In the last Seattle post I talked about how J and I had done the former and about how we are now both advocates of Russian pies and cheesecake-on-a-stick; in this one, a single restaurant with an amazing chef’s choice menu takes centre focus alongside the wonderful people we shared this evening with…

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