This blog post is long overdue! After Vida Vegan Con in Portland in August I headed to Seattle for my next book tour stop. My dear friend Marissa lives there getting her Naturopathic Doctor's education at Bastyr. We went to culinary school together in Austin and I've visited her many times over the years. We took some special time for just us (away from her adorable son and husband 😉 to visit Sutra. I am SO glad that we did.
It was one of the best meals of my life, not only because the food was exquisite, organic, thoughtfully planned with the seasons in mind using fresh produce locally and herbs from their own garden, but because the vibe was compassionate and loving, the owner and chef wowed us with his presentation and food combinations, and we sat at the bar and witnessed everything being made while we chatted with chef Colin about all the wonders of his restaurant.
To begin the evening chef Colin rang a gong and stepped out into the dining area to explain the menu and to give a moment a silence and thanks to all the farmers and people that made it possible for us to share this meal together. I fell in love at that very moment! I talk about this in Blissful Bites; showing gratitude to everyone that made it possible to get this meal to you from the person who planted the seeds, shipped the produce and crafted the plate and silverware you use to eat with.
I could already tell it was going to be a good night!
Sutra does a 4 course set meal that changes every few days at a set price of $36. With the quantity and quality of food served that is a complete steal. I would have been willing to pay double that for these 4 courses! It is more like a supper club; there are one or two seatings each night (Tuesday-Sunday, check website for details) and reservations are suggested. Everything is vegetarian, almost always vegan and they can make special changes for gluten-free if given advance notice. The menu we enjoyed was vegan already and probably all gluten-free.
First course: Chilled Yellow Watermelon-Lemon Basil Soup with Arugula Salad layered with Carrot Saffron Pickled Fennel finished with Truffle Oil and Sesame Crisps
Not only do Colin and his wife (and adorable daughter) run Sutra, they teach yoga classes and hold other community events. Seriously, I am in love with this family, I wish they could adopt me, or at the very least they inspire me to have the life they do. I never have really wanted to open a restaurant before, but to have my own garden and hand select my produce from local farmers, and create beautiful menus using whole foods and spotlighting the beauty and tastes that Mother Earth has gifted us with sounds like the life to me!
Second course: Zucchini-roasted Yellow Pepper Lasagna with Cashew Cheese, Bay Leaf-Peppercorn Marinate Olives and Arame finished with Blue Chili-Yuzu Dressing
I won't go into lengthy details about every course because you can just tell how amazing it is from the photos and course descriptions. One of the many things I love about this dinner is the emphasis on whole foods. Nothing was processed, everything was hand made with attention to every detail, the flavors worked so well together, and the combinations were very creative. I also love their generous use of edible flowers!
Third course: Purple Potato Gnocchi with Capers, Parsley and Smoke Chanterelles with Roasted Garlic Hempseed Sauce, Steamed Russian Kale and Black Cherokee Heirloom Tomatoes
I don't really care for gnocchi very much but this dish was delicious! The veggies were hand-sourced by TonneMaker and Local Roots Farm. The chanterelles were smoked in their backyard smoker, which gave them a wonderful texture and flavor. All of the courses were divine. It's really hard to choose a favorite. All I can say is this was my kind of food! Nothing was overly salty or overpowering, I could taste the intricate layers of each dish and each vegetable. As a whole foods chef myself, it was one of the most impressive meals I've ever eaten.
Fourth course: Pecan-Fig Crusted Star Fire Nectarine-Rose Tart served with Caramel-Cacao-Coconut Cream Topping
If you live in Seattle consider yourself lucky to have one of the best vegetarian restaurant in the US at your fingertips (bellies?). Or if you are ever visiting Seattle, put Sutra at the top of your list of restaurants to visit, whether you are vegetarian, vegan or otherwise. You will not be disappointed!
Cheers to finding a restaurant that produces blissful, exquisite food that makes your heart and belly sing with joy!