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First Look: Cypress

Friday I was in an all day meeting at the new Westin in Bellevue in Lincoln Square.  After our full day of meetings two of my colleagues and I had planned to grab a bite to eat at one of the casual places in Bellevue Square.  By the time we had actually wrapped up it was nearly 7:00 pm and, of course, everywhere around had waits of 1 1/2 to 2 hours, which wasn’t going to work.  We ended up back in the bar off the lobby of the Westin, Cypress. 
As with most of these places the food prices were really pretty astronomical – I paid $14 for a single crabcake.  Actually, I lied.  One of the others picked up the tab (thanks, CW!) and although the crab cake was really good, $14 is just not okay for a single crabcake.  But I’ll tell you the cocktail I had nearly made up for it.  I ordered a Raindrop (or maybe it was Rainwater) Martini.  It was half vodka and half gin – Bombay Sapphire Gin, to be exact.  It was really well crafted and, as you can see, a beautiful color.  Cocktails were actually priced pretty fairly, if a bit on the high side. 
I definitely won’t be making this a regular stop, but as a place to get away from the crowds for a bit of quiet relaxation, it really fits the bill.
Westin Bellevue
600 Bellevue Way NE
(425) 638-1000

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