Years ago this lovely white dairy barn dominated the landscape east of the 405 near Bothell, and is now tucked into a high tech business park. The restaurant is very noisy with many hard surfaces in the refurbished barn--on the plus side, the noise provides ambiance for private table conversation so parents who wish to bring little ones to this upscale restaurant could relax, no one would notice a crying child allowing parents to relax and enjoy dinner, lunch or breakfast. Outstanding, attentive service. For dinner we had Whidbey Island Penn Cove Mussels with House Smoked Salmon Cream Sauce, $13. It was an amazing starter--a unique, delightful pairing of mussels and salmon in a heavy cream sauce just inviting focaccia bread dipping. One entree of White Bean Cassoulet with Duck Confit, Smoked Pork Belly, Lamb Sausage & Seasonal Vegetables $26 was the best of French Country. The Seared Duck Breast with Roasted Shallot Glace, Mushroom Risotto & Seasonal Vegetables $28 was disappointing--the duck was a bit tough, the berry sauce fought with the risotto. A beautiful vegetarian dish served at a nearby table looked mouthwatering: Napoleon Layered Vegetables with Chèvre, Balsamic Glace, Red Pepper Coulis & Garlic Mashed Potatoes $18. This restaurant is a great find, less than 15 minutes from Woodinville wineries. We enjoyed varietals by the glass, yet noted that Russell's will waive corkage on the first bottle of locally purchased wine in support of their Woodinville winery neighbors. We will visit again. The taxidermy elk, deer antlers and big horn sheep keep the theme of carnivore but might be overwhelming for vegetarians or vegans. Desserts appeared sumptuous--no room to indulge, Maybe next time.
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