Plant-lovers, if you felt that the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth was too sausage-centric for your tastes, fret not: Today two former owners of Seattle's dearly departed Sutra open Mana, their latest vegetable-heavy prix-fixe restaurant.
Yes, you parsed that correctly: plant pioneers Amber Tande and chef Colin Patterson are not insisting upon a fully vegan experience at the new spot, unlike their former Sutra partners, Jan and Aaron Geibel, who went on to open their own vegan tasting menu restaurant, Harvest Beat, to quick acclaim in Wallingford.
Tande said last winter that they felt the ecological footprint of some vegan ingredients, like nuts and coconut milk, was too large. "We're trying to be as local as we possibly can. We'll still be pretty much vegan, and there will always be the option for a totally vegan meal. Any fish or meat will only be a course or two on the menu, in small portions, and it will be wild and local and super-sustainable," Tande said when the duo launched a pop-up preview of Mana.
Beginning with tonight's grand opening, reservations are required for a single seating each evening at 6:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. The website promises an eight-course "journey through the senses" for $85 each. Buckle up for a "wild crafted, wild hearted" ride.
1033 Commercial St, Leavenworth, (509) 548-1662, website. Open Thursday to Saturday for one seating at 6:30 p.m., reservations required.