THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Fire & Ice Lounge
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Fire & Ice Lounge Restaurant Review: Taking inspiration from the snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascades, veteran chef and owner John David Crow gave his new urban refuge a volatile, elemental name. Previously known as Avenue One and---before that---Café Sophie, the interior oozes romance, whether you're sitting on the small street-side deck, at the curvy, copper bar, in the high, dim-white dining room or tucked safely away in Madame Clicquot's, the cozy fireside haven sporting a view of Elliott Bay. Named in honor of the house Champagne, Veuve Clicquot, this latter space makes an ideal spot to toast a private celebration. Despite the mercurial moniker, the food doesn't run hot and cold, but like the baby bear's porridge, is just right: in designing his eight different Pacific Regional menus per year, Crow's goal is to use fresh, seasonal ingredients, patronizing local growers, farmers and vendors as much as possible. Our favorite starters include the duck confit salad (with grilled pears), roasted veal sweetbreads, beef carpaccio and grilled baby romaine with crisp pancetta. For main courses, we swoon over the lobster risotto, Oregon breast of duck with caramelized apricots and loganberry sauce, ahi tuna, broiled---as it should be---rare, and, always, the wild king salmon, whatever the preparation. Save room for dessert, or just head to the bar, a late-night hot spot, and settle in for a little post-prandial merrymaking.