A couple weeks ago, while making a reservation for dinner at Crémant I could hear lots of voices and noises in the background. It was the middle of the day and I was hungry so even though I knew Crémant only opened for dinner service I had to ask if they were, by any chance, open for lunch.
No not today, but starting December 5th we will!
That was all I needed to hear. I made a dinner reservation for two (my friend Su and I) for that evening and a 12:45 for Tuesday. Later in the week I went back for a late dinner with Mr. C and while savoring our Salade d’Endives à la Crème de Roquefort, Gratinée des Halles and Steak Frites I was already thinking ahead to my little Tuesday lunch.
On most days all I have time for is a a big latte, pastry and a coffee, soup and sandwich or a quick trip home for whatever yummy leftovers are in the fridge.
However, there are days with plenty of time, motivation and opportunity to indulge in a leisure lunch that allows me to take my time, savor every bite and imagine I'm somewhere else, an escape from work and traffic stress.
And when the options are so delectable and a short drive to Madrona has the ability of instantly transporting me to Paris, with welcoming service, friendly faces and even a quick chat with the server, lunch can certainly become the best kind of quick escape and sanctuary around.
The lunch menu at Crémant just happens to be their dinner menu, the same delicious array of carefully prepared and impeccably executed dishes I've fallen in love with since this gem of a place opened in Madrona.
So it makes it very easy for me to get giddy over a lunch that may include what I consider to be the best French onion soup I've ever had, anywhere (including Le Pichet). Believe you me, this bowl of soup is a meal all by itself.
Or I can always order the frissée salad with poached egg. Or the very tasty Steak Frites when I'm in that meat and potatoes kick. Depending on time, appetite and budget you can have a very simple lunch or an absolute feast.
The most exciting aspect of the prospect of lunch service at Crémant is the fact that since securing a dinner reservation has become so tricky with the restaurant being an instant Seattle favorite, lunch will offer a fantastic opportunity to sample the fabulous work of Chef Scott Emerick to those who have yet to dine there.
Reservations for lunch are only necessary for groups of five or more but as soon as the word spreads I'm sure they'll be a wait out the pretty yellow door.
So, where are you going for lunch today?
1423 34th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122