Many of Seattle's best contemporary restaurants balance a casual atmosphere with fine dining culinary prowess. The neighborhood spots most beloved by locals are multi-cultural and remarkably affordable, proof that a great meal doesn't have to be only for special occasions.
Tom Douglas is Seattle's most prolific restaurateur and at Lola, he gives brunch an inventive Mediterranean touch. Order Tom's favorite breakfast, a tender octopus hash with sweet and spicy peppers, sumac yogurt, scallions, zucchini and a soft-poached egg. For more Middle Eastern flavors, head to Mamnoon, where even seemingly simple muhammara and shamandar spreads pack beautifully complex flavors.
Octopus with lotus root chips
Chef Shota Nakajima recently reconcepted his Japanese restaurant Adana from an elaborate kaiseki tasting menu to a more approachable three-course prix-fixe. Diners choose between three options for each course and the entire menu flips each month. The 28-year-old Japanese-American chef trained in Osaka and brings a perfectionist attention to detail to chilled sweet corn chawanmushi and white fish with ponzu daikon and sweet soy shiitake mushrooms.
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