* Click here for rating key
THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED The Painted Table Restaurant Review: Following a half-million-dollar renovation of the Alexis Hotels main dining room, chef Tim Kelley, known for prowling Seattles markets in search of the freshest ingredients, went on another kind of shopping spree, acquiring translucent parchment bowls in the shape of vegetables illuminated by votive candles. These join the restaurants signature handcrafted charger plates as permanent tabletop embellishments. The addition of banquette seating and fabric walls gives the two-level room a softer, more inviting ambience, enhanced by live jazz piano music Thursday through Saturday. Finally, Tim Kelley has a setting worthy of his artful, vegetable-driven cuisine. Kelleys cooking is grounded in French techniques and often employs Asian influences. Weve enjoyed day boat scallops crusted with porcini powder and sprinkled with white truffle oil; umeboshi plum vinaigrette with coins of scallops and lobster embellished with cilantro sprouts and diced sweet peppers; mauve-tinted slabs of applewood-smoked sturgeon swabbed with spicy red pepper oil joined by mache, sweet corn and jicama salad; or loin of fallow venison and huckleberry essence escorted by maple-glazed sweet potatoes and tiny, roasted crab apples. On weeknights, we like to avail ourselves of the menus suggestion and allow Kelley to devise a multi-course tasting menu just for us. On busier weekends, a $55 tasting menu is offered, $75 if paired with wines.