Dinner at John Howie Steak


As many of you know, I was in Seattle last week attending the “International Food Blogging Conference” (IFBC). As part of the conference, all attendees were treated to dinner at 25 of Seattle’s top restaurants as a guest of Urbanspoon. When I started thinking about their task of spiriting away over 300 people to dinner at 25 different restaurants, my mind started reeling at what a daunting task that must have been to organize. Not only did Urbanspoon accomplish this undertaking, they took into account everyone’s dietary restrictions plus provided the transportation to each venue! The names and locations of the restaurants that we would be visiting were kept secret until the afternoon before dinner. I am not big on surprises; I was always the kid who liked to shake all the packages under the tree to find out what was inside. Thanks to Urbanspoon’s effort to keep us guessing, and a last minute change on my part, I ended up with the group going to dinner at “John Howie Steak”. In other words… I won the lottery!


John Howie Steak is located in ‘The Bravern’, an upscale mall in Bellevue, Washington, just a short drive from Seattle. After walking past Hermès, Louie Vuitton, and Neiman Marcus, I started to get the sense that we were in for a treat…was I ever right! As we walked through the restaurant, I took note of the many different seating areas. The restaurant was warm and inviting in addition to being private and quiet. I love to eat in a place where you can carry on a conversation and actually hear each other speak!  Our group was escorted into one of the beautiful private dining rooms. When we sat down at the table and read the menu I heard audible gasps…but those might have just been coming from me. If you look over the menu below, you will understand my excitement.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013



House Charcuterie Platter

Tempura Kurobuta Bacon with Maple Sambal

Big Eye Ahi Tartar

Champagne, “John Howie Brut” by Duval Leroy, Vertus, France, NV

 Salad Course

Jamón ibérico Serrano

Heirloom melon, Pureheart watermelon, black pepper candied pecans,

Manchego cheese

Riesling, Efeste “Evergreen”, Columbia Valley, WA 2011


New Bedford Sea Scallops

Creamed leeks, pickled summer chanterelles, crispy coppa

Pinot Noir, Evening Land, Willamette Valley, OR 2011


American Wagyu Beef Zabuton


Maine Lobster Mashed Potatoes

Creamed Spinach with Organic Sunny Side Egg

Fried Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Caper Vinaigrette

Butter Braised Cascade Porcini Mushrooms

“John Howie” by Mark Ryan Winery, Columbia Valley, WA 2010


Tableside Bananas Foster & Cherries Jubilee

Illy Café

The food was all wonderfully prepared and the wine selections were perfectly paired. Not only did we enjoy the phenomenal food and wine at John Howie Steak, the service was stellar. Our “army” of servers was efficient, knowledgeable, and pleasant. We also appreciated the personal attention we received from John Howie, who took the time to talk with our group. The only drawback of my experience here is that I live too far away to enjoy this restaurant more often. I am sure if it was located in the Bay Area I would be a regular patron. Mr. Howie was kind enough to give us all a copy of his book “Passion & Palate, Recipes for a Generous Table”. It is full of great recipes and stories from John’s personal and professional journey. If you would like to discover more about John Howie Steak, or Urbanspoon who made our dinner possible, be sure to check out the links below. Enjoy!

John Howie Steak http://www.johnhowiesteak.com

Get the book! Passion & Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table


Urbanspoon http://www.urbanspoon.com

International Food Blogging Conference  http://www.foodista.com/ifbc2013

John Howie Steak Restaurant on Urbanspoon


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