Relish Burger Bistro opened their doors inside The Westin Seattle in spring 2013. In just a few months of business they have developed their menu around the idea of new twists on old favorites. Our friendly Relish dinner host, Noah, guided us through a table full of appetizers, entree suggestions, and unique drink selections. Overhead, I was constantly distracted by the interesting lighting sculptures suspended from the glass ceiling of their semi-private dining room.
Our server brought out several trays of appetizers, with many deep-fried selections such as: Beecher’s cheese curds, calamari, onion rings, pickles, as well as a very tasty plate of red pepper hummus and pita crisps. The calamari was in miniature, tiny rings of very tender and slightly sweet squid perfectly breaded and deep-fried–easily one of the best calamari appetizers I’ve had.
For entrees the focus is clearly on the burger, there are several specialty burgers, I chose the bacon & egg burger among other choices which included onion rings and blue cheese. You even have the choice of building your own custom burger, layer by layer. The presentation of the burger with pickle, peperocini, and tomato stacked vertically reminded me of a bloody mary garnish. The burger tasted good, a solid step above your average diner burger, but it left me expecting something more. The patty seemed thin and was cooked nearly well-done when I had ordered it medium. The lettuce is shredded iceberg which was messy and kept falling out, intact leaves would have worked better. The egg was a little overcooked, the yolk should be cooked over medium at the very most so it can break and give a nice coating across the burger. There were two types of relish available to accompany the burgers: spicy dill and sweet. I chose to add the spicy dill and it rounded out the burger flavors very well–excellent relish. For sides, I chose sweet potato fries and Brussels sprouts with bacon. The fries were crispy and very tasty and the sprouts were perfectly cooked. For having burger in the name of the restaurant, I really expected more from this burger, especially for the price. Seattle has several excellent burger joints, so the competition is pretty fierce.
One of my friends had the grilled steelhead salmon entree with spinach and mushrooms and she was very pleased with it. I couldn’t help myself and had to steal a bite, it was very tasty. Overall this was a better choice than the burger. The pine nut relish was a surprise, but worked really well with the salmon. I’m definitely going to be trying this combination at home.
Once we finished our entrees, an array of desserts were presented including: white chocolate bread pudding, carrot & pineapple cake, and warm triple chocolate brownie sundae. My favorite of the mix was the bread pudding. The white chocolate is very subtle and balanced nicely by the fresh summer fruits on top. This is an excellent dessert of solid proportion, easily able to be shared between two.
Late in the dinner I ordered one of the hand-crafted sodas available from the bar. From a handful of choices, I chose raspberry mint, made with muddled mint leaves, fresh raspberries, and well-balanced sweetened soda. It tastes just like the fresh ingredients, but more concentrated than if you had eaten them on their own. The soda sweetness was at just the right level to enhance the fruit and not distract from it. This unique and refreshing drink is my favorite part of the entire visit to Relish, I can’t wait to try the grapefruit rosemary version on my next visit.
Relish Burger Bistro
1900 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101