Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Library Bistro

The Library Bistro
92 Madison Street
Seattle, Washington 98104
Tel: (206) 624-3646

Six out of TenLibrary Bistro in Seattle

Residing inside the beautiful Alexis Hotel of Seattle, the Library Bistro provides a very relaxing and peaceful ambiance. It has the panache of white table linens, but still playful with crayons and butcher paper to doodle. The arched booths lining the far wall and the library motif also provide for a unique and soothing experience.

The weekend breakfast menu at the Library Bistro includes both typical breakfast fair, such as eggs Benedict and custom omelette's, while also providing a selection of lunch entrees. The menu stays until 2pm, providing nice options for the late risers. The prices were very reasonable, considering the location and quality of the restaurant. Breakfast entrees were in the $11-$13 range.

The service at the Library Bistro was above excellent. Never once was our coffee cup close to empty. It was also nice to see all the members of the staff showing strong teamwork to provide such great service without any territorial table areas limiting them from helping out or pouring coffee. The service was very well versed in being present for needs without being overbearing throughout the meal. Our waiter was also very familiar with the dining needs of someone gluten free, and very accommodating.

The food, however, was nowhere near as good as the service. I had the omelet with chevre, mushrooms, and sausage. This came with potatoes and typically toast (absent from mine, of course). She had the classic breakfast with two over medium, bacon, potatoes, and whole grain toast. The food was a bit disappointing and a lot under seasoned. The orange juice was not fresh squeezed, the mushrooms were canned, and the bread used for toast seemed very supermarket bought. The potatoes were overly bland, although they were cooked with some sort of mild pepper (a nice twist). A nice cup of coffee was what made up for most of these shortcomings.

The superior service and atmosphere was far better than the food. If staying at the Alexis, the Library Bistro will provide for a relaxing morning breakfast and a great start to a Sunday. But the disappointing lack of quality ingredients makes this not a place to go out of your way to eat breakfast at.

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