The space that Eden Hill occupies, as seen many restaurant come and go. As this is my neighborhood, I am sad to see a restaurant close down. I do have to admit as sad as I am see to see a restaurant to close down, there is a bit of excitement to see what might open next. Hoping this might be the one that will make it. After my recent visit, I think Eden Hill might just be here to stay.
The space is small, just a handful of tables and a bar. The menu too is small, but boasts some pretty amazing selections. The plates are meant to be shared, and feasibly could order every item on the menu especially if you have a group of four or more. We opted for four plates, and this was a good amount for two people. We felt satisfied, but not so full you could not move. Each dish we had was executed perfectly. When you order small plates like this there seems to be one that you thought was done very well, and is the memorable dish of the night. All of these dishes were delicious and memorable.
The menu changes daily based on locally sourced ingredients. The menu is a bit on the cutting edge. You don’t see a lot of menus in Seattle with “sweetbreads” and “crispy pig head”. You will also find “normal” dishes on the menu as well.
This night we opted for a little normal. I have never had sweetbreads before. Since this was my first visited, I thought safe was the best route.
Duo Oysters – 1 oyster was topped with beet kvass bubbles and the other oyster was smoked and was served with compressed cucumber noodles. I preferred the smoked oyster. The smokiness lingered in your mouth. It was so good.
Cauliflower “Chilaquiles” – who new cauliflower could taste soo good. If this is on the menu. I highly recommend you order. Such delicious flavors
Lummi Island Salmon – the salmon was layered with a salsa verde gelee, caper, red onions, and crème fraiche, and white asparagus. It sounds like a lot, but the flavors were all balanced, and did not overpower the freshness of the fish. The salmon is captured via reefnet fishing. Wild Pacific salmonreefnet fishing is a historical method of fishing, and still done today by the fisherman of the island. San Juan Islands are the only place in the world that performs this method of fishing. Because of the handling during the fishing process it produces the highest quality fish.
Smoked Pork Belly – Like the oysters the pork belly had the wonderful smoked flavor. It tasted like a really good smoked ham, tender and flavorful.
Eden Hill also offers a 5 course blind tasting menu. It is described as dishes that the chef came up with that day with the ingredients he has. The table next to us ordered this, and it looked delicious. The plates were nothing that was on the menu. So needless to say I will be back, and doing the tasting menu.