Spring means Seattle Restaurant Week! My first visit was to Terra Plata in Capitol Hill. Its so funny because I’ve visited this triangle so many times and did not have notice Terra Plata. I’ve been to a number of restaurants around the area including Sitka and Spruce, Machiavelli, Pine Box, and Lil Woody’s. I heard they have a rooftop garden that I intend to visit on a nice sunny day 🙂
Atmosphere: The main entrance is located on the corner of Melrose and Minor. There’s a bar in the back with many tables surrounding the windows. Accommodates large and small parties. It was more on a darker atmosphere but the windows gave the restaurant some light. A pet peeve of mine are super dark restaurants where you can barely see what you’re eating.
Pricing: SRW menu includes 3 courses for $30. Unfortunately for lunch, they have decreased the menu from 3 to 2 courses. 🙁 Still for $15
Service: We had a main server and I forgot his name, but he was pleasant and did his best to explain the reason for their scattered service. The food came out pretty randomly and not all at once. The appetizers came out with a couple dishes at a time, which was fine because we were doing it more family style. The entrees also came out rather scattered and was spaced out even more than the appetizers. There was always one lingering dish per course. For that, I’d give them a 3/5 stars based no service. I know they’re busy, but it’s not a small restaurant and it’s important to be able to manage the kitchen.
Appetizers! We actually had two rounds of these because they had lost track of which appetizers we had already received. The second batch was on the crisper side. Hand made chips with truffled sea salt and pecorino chive cream. Nothing special, but we were hungry and scarfed it down.
At first glance, it’s really… interesting lol. I wasn’t sure how it was going to taste but it was earthy with a hint of tartness. Nettle soup with a fiddlehead. It wasn’t bad and certainly different. I was just more intrigued with the texture of the soup. It was a little thick like it was pureed.
Garbanzo beans with chermoula, yogurt cream, and a hint of lemon! I was not expecting for these to come out like this. The server described this to us like eating Persian edamame. It was a lot of work but it was pretty fun. First time ever seeing garbanzo beans like this.
Blistered shishito peppers. They were not spicy at all and I think they had a really great flavor to it. It came with a side of aioli, lemon, and sea salt. This was probably one of my top appetizers out of the bunch.
Apple salad with kohlrabi and light vinaigrette. I actually really enjoyed this too. The apples were crisp and tasty and it was a great palate cleanser. Fresh and light salad!
Entrees! This was the risotto with onion soubise, pea tendrils, dried cherry walnut compote, and a hint of coconut. Overall, a well done dish.
Chicken with sunchoke purree, shaved fennel, and pickled mustard seeds. I thought this was okay. Not my favorite dish or anything outstanding, but pretty average.
I’m always a sucker for mussels so I really enjoyed this. It was in a red curry cream sauce with mint, lime, and sofrito with a nice side of fries. Nearly every mussel had a little something inside so that was nice. The sauce was delicious! We even got some bread to dip with the sauce that was leftover.
Medium rare sirloin with chicharrones. sun dried tomatoes and red cabbage. A pretty solid dish with lots of flavors going on. Nice play on different textures with the crunchiness and soft tender beef.
Dessert wine with a cheese, walnut, and grape platter. I didn’t catch the name of the dessert wine, but it was very very sweet. Not my cup of tea on ending a meal but it was a very cute presentation.
Apple cake with a side of vanilla ice cream. We ordered two of these and only one came out and the last one came near late in the meal. I’m not sure why but it did. Rather awkward timing, but we still managed to finish everything. Solid dessert, but didn’t wow us.
Baklava. I haven’t had much in my day but it tasted pretty good. It had a nice crisp outer later with a chewy inside.
Goat cheesecake with blood orange sorbet, rhubarb compote, and pistachio. Not my favorite, but it was still tasty. Interesting combination that worked out.
Overall: I would say that this not your average New American restaurant. They have a lot incorporate a lot of unique ingredients with lots of cultural fusion that are not seen at many other places. There were some standout dishes, while others were just good. It’s a solid restaurant but not my favorite in Seattle. I’m glad I gave it a try though. Like I mentioned earlier, I will be back to check out the rooftop garden.