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Matt’s in the Market

I’ve talked about Matt’s in the Market before.  I love everything about the place – the location with its view of Pike Place and on out to Puget Sound; the food, much of it fresh from the market vendors;  the people; and the ambiance, although sometimes it can be a little noisy.  Last night I joined a friend and visitors from Japan for dinner at Matt’s.  The visitors are in town to learn more about how we interpret and implement the concepts of organic, local and sustainable in our food world.  Matt’s is a great example of the concepts in action. 
But I realized last night that the construction and retrofitting going on in the Market is about to affect The Corner Building where Matt’s is located.  It’s a little hard to tell from the official construction document (pdf) exactly what the impact will be.  The plan says they are impacted but remain open, however when looking at the work being done that’s hard to imagine.  More likely, and what we heard unofficially last night, is that Matt’s and their neighbor, Chez Shea, will be closed for for about three months.  I guess we’d all better get our fill of them now! 
Last night’s dinner was as great as ever.  We split several plates among us so we could all enjoy a little of everything.  We started with shrimp and scallop ceviche, pork belly two ways and heirloom tomatoes with watermelon. 
We followed that with grilled Alaskan halibut, grilled King salmon and a pork ravioli.  I think Matt’s fish preparation might be my favorite of any place in the city, generally speaking.  It’s always perfectly cooked and accompanied by interesting and delicious elements that vary each time I visit.  But no matter what is added to the dish it enhances without overpowering and allows the beautiful fish to take the leading role in the presentation. 
We also managed to find a little room for dessert.  For our finale we had bread pudding and chocolate decadence. 
Matt’s never fails to please.  I’m already looking forward to their reopening!  
A few more photos can be found here
Matt’s in the Market
94 Pike Street Suite 32
Third Floor of The Corner Bldg
Pike Place Market

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