While still living in the US, the company my wife worked for held a business meeting in Seattle. It was decided that we’d go together and make a trip of it. Not only would we get to explore Seattle, we could go over to the Olympic Peninsula as well. And since we were there, we figured we’d take the ferry to Victoria, British Colombia and then drive up to Naniamo. With Vancouver just across the Strait of Georgia it made sense to check it out, too.
Despite the rain, which we anticipated, we had a great time everywhere we went. However, the most memorable thing about the trip was a meal we had in Seattle. Before flying across the country, my wife did some research on the internet for vegetarian restaurants and one that came up was Rover’s. Although the restaurant prepares many meat and fish courses, they also offered a ten-course vegetarian tasting menu. She made a reservation for which we will be forever grateful. The food was fantastic. As implied, the courses were not large, but neither were they too small to satisfy. In any case, I remember that we were there for nearly three hours. Each course punctuated our talking and drinking splendidly. It was our most expensive meal and close to our longest. The latter title (3 hours) goes to a closet of a French restaurant in Monterey.
Was Rover’s worth it? Absolutely. It easily falls into my top 10 restaurant experiences. I’d go again but they are closing next month and there is no possiblity of my getting to Seattle again before that happens. However, I noticed on the website that the chef and owner, Thierry Rautureau, has another restaurant "Luc." If I ever find myself in the neighborhood, I am definitely checking it out.