Eden Hill

New Year's Eve 2018 Menu

Seven course Chef’s Tasting menu with optional wine pairings

$150 per person

Tickets available via Tock


whipped goat curd, crudite cigar, fines herb

watercress veloute orb, grilled oyster, sourdough, dill oil

sourdough english muffin, whipped butter, char roe, lemon      

grilled king crab, leek, citrus, barley miso sabayon, washington black truffle

pig skin puttanesca, smoked olives, kumato

champagne sorbet, buddhas hand

wagyu striploin, celery root, foie bordelaise, sherry caramel, fried foie gras

dark chocolate big ferrero rocher drop, nitro nuts

petits fours


Dinner Menu Development

Our menu has evolved in the few weeks we've been opened. Some changes out of necessity (products no longer available), some out of creativity, some out of technology difficulties, and some out of customer feedback.

Soft opening menu

Soft opening menu

And we're still considering whether or not it's working. Max's original concept was a share-a la carte tasting menu. Some of that is due to space restrictions (the tiny kitchen only allows for so many plates in the pass at once), but also because he wants people to have the opportunity to try multiple things on the menu. His food is interesting and creative; it doesn't fit into the regular salad/appetizer -> entree and he wants people to push their comfort zone. Along with that, we're trying to keep price points reasonable so someone who's not sure about something can feel good about trying it without regretting the money they've spent. We also want a comfortable atmosphere, where customers can come and order some things, hang out, have really good food and drinks and not have to worry about using the right fork or wearing a jacket. 

Last night's dinner menu

Last night's dinner menu

As every restaurant experiences after a few weeks open, we're evaluating how far we've strayed from the original concept and what, if anything, we need to do to get back to it.

We sell a tremendous amount of sugar pumpkin ricotta gnocchi. It's fluffy, creamy, saucy, and overall yummy. Nearly every table orders it. 

Max hates it.

Ok, hate is probably a strong word. He developed and made the dish, so it's not like he isn't happy with it. But he doesn't think it's his strongest dish. It's a crowd-pleaser, but it's not super interesting or creative. Plating is difficult because it's so saucy and gooey. We're trying to figure out how to fit that same need (vegetarian, starch, hot) with something that's more in line with the rest of the menu.

We've had variations of the forty-eight hour wagyu shortrib both on the menu and as a chalkboard special for the last few weeks and just like the gnocchi, nearly every table orders it as their last course before dessert. It's not a huge problem, except when the table orders the seared butterleaf, then the shortrib. You can't get much closer to salad -> entree on our menu than that order. 

We wish items like the rare beef or the pig head candybar sold more. But we realize we're asking people to take a chance on a unique cut of meat and/or temperature, and not everyone is comfortable with that. 

We're considering offering a Chef's Tasting for the table. We're talking about Prix-Fixe menus with options to choose courses. We're contemplating a-la carte on certain days or seats in the restaurant. We don't want to alienate anyone, but we're in the emerging stages of our restaurant and if we want to make changes, now's the time to do it.

It's a constant work in progress but we're loving the ride. We've had such tremendous feedback from customers, neighbors, family and friends. Thank you for allowing us to pursue this dream.

Opening Night!

The restaurant business is like nothing else. Most businesses don't get press or publicity for just trying to open. Rarely do customers stop by, peek in the windows, or email feedback before you've even opened your doors. It's pure excitement. With the anticipation; however, comes vulnerability. Max and I live and breathe restaurant these days and our conversations inevitably come back to: Will they like us? Will they accept us? 

We had two nights of soft opening for close friends and family. Severely under-prepared, it was trial by fire for everyone - Max, myself, and our staff. We worked through some issues over the first few days and opened to the public Friday, September 4 to 45 guests. 

 

There are not enough thanks to go around. We're so thankful to our family and friends who've supported us in various capacities, from doing our laundry and walking our dogs to talking us off the ledge. We're incredibly grateful to our team who've really stepped up to the challenge. We've thrown a lot at them all at once and every single one of them has risen to the occasion. We're so grateful to the warm welcome we've received from our neighbors, like Bounty Kitchen, Five Hooks Fish Grill, McCarthy & Schiering, Almquist Family Vitners, and How to Cook A Wolf. We can't thank our media friends at Eater Seattle and Queen Anne View enough for getting the word out. And lastly, we're thankful to all the customers who've walked by, wished us well, and/or ate our food. The warm welcome Queen Anne has given us is remarkable and we're so happy to be here.