A fresh and modern French restaurant from the masterminds behind nearby Bottle & Bull had just opened for business in Kirkland when COVID-19 hit the city and caused restaurants across the region and beyond to temporarily shutter.
“Having to shut down right after going through an opening was anti-climactic, especially because it felt like we were really getting into our groove right when we had to shut down,” owner Jessi Waldher said. She and her husband, Chad, call the new restaurant Feast, inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s travels and memoir A Moveable Feast.
Feast, 115 Park Lane, is just a short walk from Bottle & Bull. Feast is open for patio and dining, near open air windows, and also for take-out or delivery by Caviar.
Feast executive chef Rich Jimenez and general manager Justin Godsey created a French menu full of flavor that plays well with local favorites and pairs with more than 30 wines by the glass, as well as creative house and draft cocktails.
On your first visit, Jessi says you should make sure to try some of her personal favorites including the Pacific cod with polenta, French onion soup, and braised short rib.
Other signature dishes at Feast include duck cassoulet with beet salad, chevre, and candied grapefruit. The Feast burger that’s topped with merlot jelly and braised short rib also is a popular pick.
Draft cocktails will change. Right now, sip the Bijou — a mix of sweet vermouth, Chartreuse, and orange bitters — poured from giant brass taps.
Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and drinks and upscale nibbles like pommes frites with smoked onion aioli, seared scallops, and Shigoku oysters are available.
As more people are experiencing Feast, the reviews have been stellar on social media. The owners believe Feast will be a gem not only for Eastsiders, but folks from the Seattle area and beyond looking for something special. It is worth the drive.
“We just hope people try us as they’re willing to venture out — we’re confident they won’t be disappointed,” Jessi said. “Also, our 3 courses for $35 is a new addition since re-opening after the shutdown. We had a group of four last night tell us it’s the best value they’ve ever seen for the level of food that we’re serving.”
When You Go
Where: 115 Park Lane, Kirkland
Hours: Currently Happy Hour (4-6 pm) and Dinner service Tuesdays-Sundays. Closed Mondays.
Seating: Indoor and outdoor, spaced for socially distancing.
Good to know: Masks are required when entering, exiting, or moving through the restaurant.
For Takeout: Call 425.822.0788, feast-kirkland.com.