It looks like new executive chef Jason Stoneburner is putting his imprint on the menu at Bastille now that his predecessor, Shannon Galusha, has left to join a restaurant group. As of today, Stoneburner has added his own burger to the menu, replacing the lamb burger that's been on the menu since the popular Ballard bistro opened in 2009.
Galusha brought the lamb burger with him from his previous restaurant, Veil, and it quickly became one of Bastille's signature dishes. The new burger retains many of the same elements, but based around a beef patty from Oregon purveyor Painted Hills. The official description: a harissa-spiced burger with a lavash sesame bun, aioli, arugula and pickled onion. Mahon cheese optional. The price remains the same.
While the restaurant says the spirit of the menu will remain largely the same under Stoneburner, he has also debuted a list of house-made terrines and pates. The new exec chef is also apparently a big fan of the French flatbread socca, so perhaps we'll see more of these on the menu?
The burger switch happened in part because the price of lamb has increased while the quality is inconsistent, according to the restaurant. But lamb burger fans, all is not lost. Stoneburner is open to revisiting the lamb in the future, if quality and cost issues can be addressed.
· Meet Bastille's New Chef: Jason Stoneburner [Seattle Weekly]
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