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Eclectic collections add personality to this destination restaurant that offers a menu that’s far more focused.
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Collections Cafe Restaurant Review

: Renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly skipped decorating this light-filled café with his own glass art, leaving that beauty for the adjacent museum. Instead, the décor is actually taken from the artist's personal, quirky collections, which range from vintage radios to tin toys. While refreshing, the café’s casual ambience and playful accents seem a bit mismatched for its pricey bistro menu and the drab views from its windows. Food-wise, thanks to consulting chef Jason Wilson from Crush, the menu is solid and well thought out, with interesting flavors and artistic presentations. For starters, try light and crispy cheese curds from Seattle's Beecher's Handmade Cheese served with bourbon tomato jam, but beware the chewy grilled octopus. Entrées include a nicely grilled chicken breast complemented by melted leeks and a farro risotto; a pork chop glazed with apricot sauce was served with an arugula salad and a zucchini cayenne muffin, while a grilled New York strip was paired with a zingy horseradish potato cake. Lunch is less expensive, with items such as a chopped salad and a pressed pork sandwich. There’s a fine selection of craft beers and a thoughtful list of Washington and Oregon wines. Admission to Chihuly Garden and Glass is not required to dine at the café.

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