July 4th, 2007



A while back, I went out to the Metropolitan Grill ("The Met" for locals) for some very good scotch and allegedly "the best steak in Seattle", to celebrate my 4th annual 29th birthday. Although 8 people confirmed they were going to be there, it ended up being just me, ctseawa, cow, and seleniumdream, which made for a nice intimate dinner. A glass of Glenlivet 18 yr. accompanied me while people arrived; it was much better than I expected. I may be buying that one soon.

For starters, we split a crab cake appetizer that was amazingly good. Too many times I've been disappointed in either the quality or quantity, but this was 3 ample portions on a bed of pear-jicama slaw and sweet chili beurre blanc. The main courses around the table were: a large fillet mignon (mine), Kobe beef (seleniumdream's), an astoundingly huge steak salad (cow's), and Copper River salmon (ctseawa's). Everyone seemed to be very happy with their selections. My mouth is watering just remembering it all. My steak was very good, but it was not the best steak I've ever had. That honor still goes to the Palm in Las Vegas. Still, I'd been wanting to go to The Met for years, and I'm very glad I did. I'll have to go back for the crab cakes and that salad. Wow. I also ordered a glass of Oban 1969 (aged 32 years, appropriately), which ended up being the single most expensive item on the tab. It was quite good, but for the price difference, I'll stick with the 14 yr.

Wisely, cow and I decided to split a dessert, and settled on the Chocolate Lava cake -- an enormous cylindrical delicious deep chocolate cake with warm ganache filling, all topped with generous amounts of caramel and whipped cream. I couldn't think of a better way to end it. All in all, a tremendous gustatory event, and an appropriate celebration.
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