BATEAU, for a very good steak

The beef meat at Bateau comes from their own local farm on Whidbey Island or from selected local farms where the cows have been grass fed. The meat is butchered and dry aged in house and sold by weight. You can even see the dry aging room behind large windows.

By the way, Bateau means “boat” in French, I know that the name is in the series of Renee Erickson Restaurants (The Whale Wins, Boat Street Café, General Porpoise, and Walrus & Carpenter) but I don’t understand why a steak house is called Bateau.


You can select your cuts among the evening’s options, written on the chalkboard. Every detail is written: type of cut,  which farm it comes from, and the size of the piece.  Each piece is crossed on the chalkboard when a customer orders it.

We did not know all the different cuts and names, so the waiter helped us to choose between different steaks, marbling, less or more fat, tenderness, etc. We ended up with a 18 oz Ribeye and a 12 oz Chuck Eye for a party of 4. Cooked medium rare they were juicy and delicious.

The place is nice and simply decorated, casual and comfy! Exactly what I like.


Be aware that now in all Renée Erickson’s restaurants, a 20% mandatory tip is added automatically. At the end, the bill was high with local good meat and a bottle of good wine but it really worth it if you like beef! We went as a party of 4 and loved it. 20160306_0926_6426

Bateau  1040 E. Union st


Cafe presse

Cafe Presse logo, red quill feather on a yellow diamond with the word PRESSE is very recognizable for French people. It is the neon sign for “Presse store” everywhere in France and most of the time you can find at the same place, with newspapers and magazines, a bar or coffee Place.

In Seattle, you can go to Cafe Presse for breakfast, brunch, dinner, for watching international and often european soccer games, or just drink a coffee. You can also go there to buy some “presse” at the news stand. Last time, I bought an issue of Elle à Table, a French cooking magazine. Here is the list of titles they sell:

We went there last Saturday, the day after Paris attacks, in a search of a French atmosphere to alleviate our sad mood and the feeling we had to be so far from France and the city we have lived in for more than 20 years.


It was a cold day and I had a soup but my kids and husband had Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame. They are always good and not as cheese-heavy as at some other places in town.

By the way, do you know the difference between a Croque Monsieur and a Croque Madame ?  Croque monsieur is a grilled ham and cheese and when topped with a fried egg it is a Croque Madame.

Here is a little story: a long time ago, we went to a restaurant with our kids. My husband ordered a Croque Monsieur (Mr.), I ordered a croque Madame (Mrs.). My daughter, who was 3 at that time, with her little but firm voice, said:  “I would like a Croque Fille!” which means “girl”. Isn’t that cute?


I like the room with the bar that looks like a real Café Presse in France. There is a patio in front of the restaurant. Oriented southeast, it is a fantastic place to hang out when the sun shines.

Café Presse  1117 12th Ave


Chop Shop

Update on 08/07/2016: Chop Shop is closed.

Chop Shop stands at the entrance of  Chophouse Row in Capitol Hill (read here my previous post)  They just opened and we were there for lunch. I liked the place and I liked the ambiance. We were seated at the bar and enjoyed the decor. This is really a very nice restaurant.

I had a Chicken Almond Salad with vadouvan yogurt (kind of curry sauce). The chicken salad was really tasty but there was too much of it and not enough greens and dressing.  My husband liked the Steak Baguette Sandwich (herb aioli, pickled red onions and heirloom tomatoes).

If you are still hungry, Kurt Farm Shop in the alley offers a fantastic chocolate ice-cream!

I need to check out their dinner menu.

They also serve brunch on weekends from 9 to 3pm.

Chop shop  1424 11th Ave