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Tilikum Place Cafe Restaurant Review: This delightful bistro on a quiet street in the Belltown neighborhood exudes European style and features a menu of contemporary American comfort food. Taking its name from “tilikum,” the word for “welcome” in the language of the Chinooks, the restaurant does well in honoring the word's meaning. The simple décor creates an inviting setting, while wooden floors, fresh flowers and soft lighting add a romantic edge to the brick interior. Chef Ba Culbert prepares straightforward dishes that are sophisticated without being pretentious, and satisfying without being weighty. The menu might include striped bass with saffron and lemon, grilled rib-eye with smoked paprika butter, and crisped pan-seared chicken. For lunch, there are tempting quiches and a puffy Dutch baby pancake that may include duck confit, apricots and goat cheese, or other innovative pairings. Desserts from pastry chef Brandy Bassett range from profiteroles with a rosemary-infused caramel sauce to a chocolate tart. Find a seat at one of the small, almost too close together wooden tables, or settle in at the marble bar. The wine list in approachable and affordable, and the gracious waitstaff further validates Tilikum’s name.