My first Seattle Restaurant Week experience came at the perfect time, immediately after an exam and on the one clear day this week. I love to walk around Pike Place Market, which I blogged about during this summer, so I was pleased to find out that this restaurant is tucked just around the corner of the market. You can find The Pink Door not by a big sign, but by an outdoor covered patio that overlooks the water and a literal pink door (which is so, so cute).
The decor reminds me of a vintage store filled with eccentric little details and very romantic lighting – until you enter the back of the restaurant by the bar. This is where we sat and the room was filled with natural light. I can’t wait to come back in the Spring/Summer when patio seating is open.
Now for the good stuff…
We all chose a starter that consisted of sauteed calamari, spinach, tomatoes, garlic and wine. The calamari was less chewy than anything I’ve ever had at a Japanese restaurant, for instance, but nonetheless it was a tasty, light starter. The Pink Door is famous for their lasagna, which has many layers of fresh spinach pasta with besciamella, pesto, and marinara sauce. I tried a bite from my friend’s and it was definitely a unique take on lasagna. I decided to be adventurous and I opted for the Mafalda con Sugo di Coniglio. What a mouthful – of yumminess! (haha..) This was really good and a large portion because I had leftovers! The rabbit sugo was so tender and didn’t have a strong flavor like some meats such as lamb. The dish also has mushrooms, pancetta, and rosemary.
Seattle Restaurant Week participants can be found here on the Seattle Times website and you can choose lunch or dinner options. Lunch is 2 courses for $15 and dinner is 3 courses for $30. We opted for lunch because it’s just such a great deal and we actually ended up getting a small dessert for free anyway. Overall, it was a nice meal and I will definitely go back!
I’d love to hear your Restaurant Week recommendations if you have any! Also, can you guys believe it’s already November? I’m joining #theeverydayproject on Instagram and sharing a photo everyday this month to show what I’m thankful for, or what’s inspiring me, or just sharing something that I love. A month of thanksgiving is better than just one day!