Seattle: Altura

Altura came to my attention when it was voted as one of the global selection on The World’s 50 Best Restaurant site and sit on the very top on’s 38 Essential Seattle restaurants list. They even described a counter seating as “arguably the best seat in any Seattle restaurant.” With credentials like that, I’m interested.

Altura - Mendocino Sea Urchin

Altura is a modern Italian restaurant in Seattle and according to my sources, its tasting menu is supposed to be amazing. I therefore convinced my friends that if you’re buying a Porsche, skip the Boxster and go all out for the 911. And so should you.

According to those same sources, getting a counter seating is recommended, and after this experience, I say it’s a must. It was pretty much like getting the coveted chef’s table and watching the chefs cook and plate with laser-like precision – all within three feet in front of you – was a show in itself especially if you’re a foodie. The chefs were amazingly focused and disciplined as if they’re performing surgery – we were interested in what the food would taste like with the bar being set so high.

Overall I was very impressed with the menu. Each course was cooked and plated with so much care. There were no mundane “filler” courses: each course has its own intricate presentation, unique cooking techniques, and depths of flavors. Each plate was interesting enough so that we are always wondering what will surprise us next.

Counter Seating. “…arguably the best seat in any Seattle restaurant” –
Altura - Counter Seating

Altura - Amuse Bouche

Fermented Vegetables, Royal Belgium Osetra Caviar, Arugula Pesto, Brown Butter.
Altura - Fermented Vegetables

Altura -

Mendocino Sea Urchin, Spruce Tips, Parsley Root.
Altura - Mendocino Sea Urchin

Altura -

Black Cod, Cured with Colatura Caramel, Smoked with Madrona Wood.
Altura - Black Cod

Altura - Black Cod

Kampachi, Salt Roasted Beets, Fresh and Pickled Fennel, Salsa Tonnato.
Altura - Kampachi

Fritto Misto, Razor Clam, Squash Blossoms, Diavolicchio, Artichoke, Lovage.
Altura - Fritto Misto

Abalone, Sweet Garlic, Sea Vegetables, Burnt Honey, Corn.
Altura - Abalone

Agnolotti, Duck and Porcini Mushroom, Australian Perigord Truffles, Crispy Sage.
Altura - Agnolotti

Dry Aged Plesant View Duck, Spicy Pickled Cherries, Variations of Turnip and Radish.
Altura - Dry Aged Plesant View Duck

Sorrel Granita, Cherry, Tarragon, Finger Lime.
Altura - Sorrel Granita

Gorgonzola Dolce, Hazelnut Tuile, Crispy Sage.
Altura - Gorgonzola Dolce

Semifreddo, Vanilla and Rum, Aceto Balsamico Extravecchio.
Altura - Semifreddo

Affogato, Roman Style Hot Chocolate, Mascarpone Gelato.
Altura - Affogato

Altura - Store Exterior


Name: Altura
Address: 617 Broadway E. Seattle, WA 98102 USA (Map)
Phone: 206.402.6749
Menu: Link
Dishes You Must Try: Fermented Vegetables, Mendocino Sea Urchin, Black Cod, Kampachi, Abalone, Agnolotti, Dry Aged Plesant View Duck
OpenTable Profile: Link
Altura Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Rating: 3.9/5 (out of 170 votes, as of this writing)
Yelp Rating: 4.5/5 (out of 280 reviews, as of this writing)
Finest Dish’s Quality Rating: 5/5
Finest Dish’s Service Rating: 4.5/5

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