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Bar Melusine

1060 E. Union St. (E. 10th Ave.) Send to Phone
206-900-8808
Oysters, cocktails and a culinary ode to France's Northern coast.
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Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Bar Melusine, Seattle, WA

Bar Melusine Restaurant Review

: The seafoam green accents and cool marble surfaces at the bar at first glance evoke the sea, while big windows looking onto the street keep this restaurant anchored in its urban setting. The focus here, both visually and culinarily, is the oysters, which reside in baskets on the inside of the bar. The L-shaped space has only one row of tables around the bar, meaning that it's hard to sit without being an ocean-spray away from the nattily-aproned shuckers popping shells open in front of slurping diners. The rest of the menu continues chef Renee Erickson's ode to the sea, with the crunchy fish-skin chips and spot prawn bisque. Heftier dishes marry in a little bit of landlubber, such as the steak tartare or the beef crêpinette. Imaginative desserts, such as a lemon mousse with kiwi and poppyseed, come from pastry chef Clare Gordon, who also makes the doughnuts for sister shop General Porpoise. The drinks menu stars cocktails, including the sea chanty-named Ancient Mariner, which combines mezcal, Ancho Reyes, blanc vermouth and citrus, or the Call Me Ishmael. Wines take their cues from the French, which is fitting given the Northern French inspiration behind the place, and tend to be geared towards selections that pair well with seafood: Sancerre, Chablis and sparkling wines.

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