I’ve been meaning to go to Lark for over a year now. However, they don’t take reservations and the wait is usually 40-60+ minutes for a table. Last night, Lauren and I were looking for a nice place to celebrate our 5 year frog-iversary (long story). So we made another attempt at Lark and got seated immediately!
Lark has seasonal menus and centers around small plates (though most of the plates are far from small, more like a large appetizer or a medium sized entree). Inside is a rustic setting that is clean and relaxed. The staff are extremely nice and our waitress was very helpful in helping us choose from the extensive menu of tasty selections.
We started with a glass of Gruner Veltliner and the carrots with carmelized ginger and chervil. The carrots retained a perfect amount of crunchiness and the glaze of ginger enhanced the carrots’ natural flavors. The chervil (a.k.a. fancy schmancy parseley) garnish provided a hint of the garden and was a delightful pairing.
Next up was baby octopus with lobster cream risotto. The octopus was grilled and (if you can distance yourself from the visual of eating an entire octopus including its head) very tasty. It was buttery and charred from the grill, and mixed with lemon thyme and mint. The risotto was creamy and cooked well, but the octopus and herbs were the highlight here.
We then had the seared Sonoma foie gras on wild rice with corn, almonds and cherries. Well executed preparation — crunchy wild rice and creamy foie gras.There’s only a "small plate" worth of foie gras, with lots of wild rice to soak up the juices.
Our main dish was the chicken with green beans, watermelon, and pickled bits. I’m always a little skeptical of ordering chicken, but the waitress assured us that it was moist and spectacular. Indeed, it was the best chicken I’ve had in awhile and I would happily order it again.
We were pretty full at this point, but after one look at the dessert menu we had to make a little more room 🙂
We concluded with a nectarine tartlette with vanilla ice cream. The puff pastry was a little thicker than I prefer, but the nectarines were fresh, the ice cream was creamy, and it was an enjoyable conclusion to the meal.
Overall we had a fantastic meal at Lark with amazing service. I’m looking forward to my next meal and to experiencing different parts of the menu!
926 12th Ave (between Spring and Marion)
Seattle, WA 98122
Tue-Sun: 5:00PM-10:30PM (Dinner)