Millers Guild – Downtown, Seattle, WA

Millers Guild
Downtown, Seattle, WA
http://www.hotelmaxseattle.com/eat-drink/millers-guild/

(Note: my pictures are pretty bad this particular time round.)

Miller guild is a restaurant in downtown Seattle that specializes in wood fired style food and has a giant rotisserie in the kitchen.
I went with a couple of people I’d met the night before and was very keen to order a bunch of sharing plates and a main.
We ordered a bunch of starters then I went for a steak and a plethora of sides.
For the starters we went with the charcuterie board and the meatballs with their rosemary bread.. For mains I got the sirloin cooked medium rare and for the sides we went with the mashed potatoes, the squash salad and the Brussels sprouts.

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The meatballs were amazing, the flavours were great and the sauce it was served in was all sorts of complex and delicious; to fully enhance the dish it was best eaten with the rosemary bread.

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The charcuterie was good but not as memorable; nothing stood out and really captured my taste buds.
The steaks and sides all came out together around 20 minutes after we were done with the entrée’s and looked and smelled fantastic.

Across the table we had two flat irons and my sirlon. All were clearly overcooked which was not a good sign to start with.

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The flavour of each steak was definitely there, a bold richness and smokiness but the texture was hampered by a lack of proper cooking. I wasn’t overly impressed with the mains here due to the fact they pride themselves on their grill and meats and couldn’t deliver.

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The Mash and sprouts were great sides, done well with a good flavour profile, the sprouts having a slight char with lemon and crunch while the potatoes were creamy and rich.
The squash salad however was also a letdown, overly tart accompaniments and a severely undercooked squash which was a pain to eat.

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We ordered dessert as well, to round out the meal and our disappointing mains and they lived up to the hype, the decadent nature of the chocolate cake and the richness of the skillet brownie had us leaving the place in a sugar coma.

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I like to think they were having an off night but I’d have to go back to be able to truly say that.

How well it was cooked – 5.3

Flavour 8.4

Tenderness 5.9

Overall – 6.5

Miller's Guild Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gotham Steakhouse – Downtown, Vancouver, BC

Gotham Steakhouse
Downtown, Vancouver, BC
http://www.gothamsteakhouse.com/

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My last (and I think it may have been my only) steak in Vancouver was Gotham Steakhouse.

It was in the middle of downtown and had a very heavy Steak house feeling with an upscale and refined outfitting.  The place was covered with clean black leather with a bar on one side and a lounge on the other; the lighting was set to the dimmest of settings with the waiters dressed in white jacked formal.

I went in and ordered the rib eye cooked medium rare and a side of asparagus, you know, for shits and giggles.

As the server set the table up for the steak she brought the steak knife and I was a little worried; it was worn, beaten and definitely dull.

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The beef came out and I was partially correct about the knife; although I can’t be absolutely sure because the meat was unbelievably fatty, soft and tender. I was on point, cooked to perfection and marbled just enough. The beef, a grain feed Canadian prime was some of the best Canadian beef I’ve had this past year here.

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The flavour profile was meaty and slightly buttery but still had a beefy sweetness to it and to the kitchens credit wa seasoned to literal perfection.

On my next visit to Vancouver I can say that if I’m not feeling adventurous and wanting something proven I will be back at Gotham for sure.

Tenderness – 8.2

Flavour – 9.2

How well it’s cooked – 9.4

Overall – 8.6

Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato