[green pea soup with Dungeness crab; Executive Chef Quinton Stewart. Photos: Shilohanne Photography]
99 Park officially starts serving its modern Northwest menu today in a $2.5 million buildout next to Bellevue Downtown Park. In addition to daily dinner, weekend brunch, and happy hour, 99 Park is offering a late night menu on Thursday through Saturday, making it one of the few places to eat after midnight in Bellevue (at least until 13 Coins opens.)
A Tilth, Spur, and Coterie Room alum, Executive Chef Quinton Stewart spent a couple of years working in New York kitchens including Waverly Inn and ACME before moving back to Seattle to lead the kitchen at 99 Park.
Stewart's menu include traces of Japanese, French, Scandinavian, and French influences, like miso-cured arctic char with summer squash, capers and squash blossoms; razor clams with uni, rhubarb and sorrel, and sweet corn fritters with smoked ramp butter. Come winter, 99 Park will also offer a $65, 5-course prix fixe.
The space was designed by LA-based Balian Architects, a firm that's worked on hotels, residential projects, and commercial buildings. 99Park is its first restaurant project.
Eater first reported on 99 Park, owned by former real estate developer Micah Pittman, in early June. When asked whether the restaurant will justify the drive to Bellevue for Seattle diners, General Manager Charles Veitch (Bastille, Campagne, New York's NoMad) said, "the space and team are reasons to come from Seattle. Bellevue is changing a lot. For us, it's a really positive thing. Also, the median age is a lot lower than it was even 10, 15, 20 years ago which is exciting for new restaurateurs and young guys like us."
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