Changes are afoot for one major restaurant in the city. The much-lauded Eden Hill — Queen Anne’s modern American bistro well known for its “Lick the Bowl” foie gras cake batter — announced that it will ditch a la carte items and move toward all tasting menus, starting September 5. Rather than the current “approximately” seven-course tasting menu offered (along with shared plates), diners can choose a five-course meal ($85) or a twelve course option ($160) at both the bar and dining room, with reservations managed through Tock. The menus will feature familiar fare from chef Maximillian Petty, including the aforementioned cake batter and the pig head “candy bar.” Dinner service will be Thursday through Sunday.
Those looking for a more casual experience, with some old favorites such as the Big Max burger, cauliflower “chilaquiles,” and Waldorf salad, can head over to Eden Hill Provisions, Petty’s upcoming family-friendly Eden Hill offshoot in the neighborhood. Back in May, the chef revealed to Eater Seattle that the new restaurant would be “less fancy” than the other place, with dishes such as a crab and scallop lasagna and duck liver mousse paired with a doughnut. The recent announcement on Instagram said Eden Hill Provisions would open in September (and include lunch and brunch), around the same time that Eden Hill makes the tasting menu switch.
“It was hard for us to meet and exceed expectation in our current restaurant when you’ve got the choice of a grand tasting seated right next to someone who could get an off-menu burger for $18,” says Eden Hill co-owner Jennifer Petty. “It just didn’t make sense anymore to continue try to push it all out from one kitchen, under one name, with one staff. By splitting, we’re hoping to focus.”
Tasting menu-only restaurants are popping up more and more around the city, whether it’s Art of the Table’s focus on Pacific Northwest cuisine or Archipelago’s Filipino extravaganza. Budget-conscious diners may bristle at some of the prices, but tasting menus often allow chefs to emphasize more seasonal dishes and expand their creativity. They also might make more economic sense for some restaurants and help reduce waste (since chefs may have a better handle on exactly how much food they’ll be serving each night).
UPDATED, August 2, 2019, 12:02 p.m.: This piece has been updated with quotes from co-owner Jennifer Petty.
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Today Max, myself, and the rest of the Eden Hill Restaurant family are excited to announce we’re tweaking our concept. Beginning September 5, 2019, we’ll exclusively serve tasting menus in our restaurant and limit our services to Thursday - Sunday. Reservations will now be managed through Tock and are currently available on our website; walk-ins will be accepted. Guests will have the choice between a 5 course ($85) or twelve course ($160) tasting menu, served at both our bar and dining room. Within these menus you’ll find nods to Eden Hill Restaurant classics like “Lick the Bowl,” and the pig head “candy bar,” the return of some fun surprises (tattoo, anyone?), and a whole lot of heart & soul. We opened Eden Hill Restaurant four years ago with a tender twelve item a la carte menu and the gumption of a couple young, entitled millennials. Four years later we’re still here and ready to protect our time and space differently to improve our output. For most of us, Eden Hill Restaurant will be an occasion where we celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other major milestones. For the lucky few, Eden Hill Restaurant will be a regular occurrence. We hope it’ll be a place you choose when you want to be delighted, treated, and celebrated. At our core we’re still a neighborhood restaurant and hope having such an ambitious little restaurant in the unassuming 2200 block of Queen Anne Ave is as charming to you as it is to us. Our sister project @edenhillprovisions (1935 Queen Anne Ave) will absorb many of our a la carte menu favorites, like cauliflower “chilaquiles” and the Waldorf salad. Serving weekend brunch, weekday lunch, and dinner nightly, Provisions is where we hope to catch many of our guests with more frequency. With a dining room seating for 28, a 6-seater bar, patio with fire pit (and if I get my way, some fun swings!), we hope Provisions will serve as a hub of the neighborhood. We’re targeting a September opening, date to be finalized as more decisions are made. To our friends, vendors, customers, supporters, current and former employees: a hearty thank you. We are humbled beyond measure to wake up everyday and do what we love with the people we love.