I’m going to be honest and say that I did not have high expectations for Valentine’s Day this year. There were two reasons for this. One, we have a 3 week old baby and two, because Nick is a last-minute planner. By last-minute I mean he didn’t even call to make dinner reservation until the 13th. So with that being said, I definitely had very low expectations. To my surprise though Nick pulled through and got us a dinner reservation at Salty’s on Alki. Salty’s is one of the nicest restaurants in Seattle and has an amazing view of Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle. It’s a restaurant I’ve been wanting to try for a long time so I was really excited to go.
We arrived at the restaurant a few minutes late so we had to wait about 5 minutes for them to set the table for us. It was well worth the wait though because we (mostly me) had a beautiful view of the water and Seattle. Our waiter Nash came over and explained the special Valentine’s menu and recommended some cocktails to us. Nick decided to get a Bourbon Negroni while I got a Moscow Mule and we started dinner with the Scallop Crudo. The Scallops were so tasty. They had a house mustard vinaigrette over them and were topped with smoked shiitake mushrooms, prosciutto and live watercress. After our starter we both got the Butter Lettuce Salad. Once we read that it had lox in it, the point reyes blue vinaigrette, tomato confit and fresh dill were just bonuses to us.
As Nick and I enjoyed our scallops and salad we actually got to talk without being interrupted by small kids or things to do. It was nice to have one on one time with my husband where we could just focus on each other and relax. But one interruption I didn’t mind was getting our entrees. Nick got the Pan Seared Sea Bass that was wrapped in prosciutto and came with saffron risotto, oil-cured tomato and balsamic green beans. He let me try a bit and the sea bass was delicious and the green beans were so fresh and crisp. It was delicious. I decided to get the Grilled Alaskan King Salmon with lobster risotto, watercress, caramelized fennel and pancetta vinaigrette. The salmon was perfectly cooked and the risotto had huge chunks of lobster in it. It was almost as good as the fresh salmon we used to get in Anchorage and had me missing the days I used to live there.
After finishing our entrees we were both still hungry and decided that dessert was a must since it was a special occasion. Out of all our options we decided to go with the Apple Tart Tatin with maple brown butter sauce and vanilla ice cream. The whole thing was about the size of my open hand and seemed like it had a whole apple on top. The bottom of the tart tasted like it had sugar on it and the vanilla ice cream was so good. I wished I didn’t have to share it with Nick but I was a good sport about it.
After dinner we paid our hefty bill and got our car back from the valet. We drove further down Alki Beach, took in a few more views and talked. I wish our drive could have lasted longer but we had a baby and two boys to get back to. Even though the night was short, it was still really nice to spend time with just Nick, to reconnect with my husband without any distractions. I think that is what made this Valentine’s Day extra special.