MBar Opens Today at 400 Fairview

Chef Jason Stratton in the kitchen—everyone else on the 14th floor patio.
Posted September 07, 2016
A patio for fall: partly covered and heated, with fire pits and lap blankets.
A patio for fall: partly covered and heated, with fire pits and lap blankets.

Hot on the heels of the Thompson Hotel’s rooftop bar, Nest, comes another much-anticipated place to drink and eat with a view… Just as summer is winding down (womp, womp). But the shortened daylight hours shouldn’t hamper anyone’s enjoyment of mBar, the new South Lake Union restaurant 14 floors up, from Mamnoon owners Wassef and Racha Haroun. After all, they’ll have lap blankets for the patio.

And while the sights around Lake Union from the 2,800-square-foot, glass-enclosed dining room are surely spectacular, we’re most excited to see what chef Jason Stratton—he of Spinasse and Top Chef fame—has done with the menu. Stratton has been acting as executive chef and general manager at Mamnoon; he told us recently, for an upcoming issue, that he’s “really loving being back in the kitchen after the time I've spent away.” Per the press release, he “draws inspiration for the contemporary menu from these roots and his fluency in Northern Italian, Spanish and Middle Eastern foods.” The dish below, we’re told, is a wild mushroom egg custard with NW dashi and Sichuan peppercorn—so clearly there are some Asian flavors at play here, too. You can bet this menu will be equal parts innovative, modern dining and cultural food history lesson.

Gorgeous dish, gorgeous tables.
Wild mushroom egg custard makes for a pretty little dish.

Because South Lake Union’s dining scene is expanding at a rate only those of us who spend our days obesssing about this kind of thing can keep up with, here’s a rundown of where else you’ll be able to eat and drink at 400 Fairview: Caffe Ladro, Juicy Café, Meat & Bread, Standard Bakery, the newly opened Bar Harbor, and, next year, super exciting Kai Market, a lunch-and-grocery concept from everyone’s favorite local Asian market, Uwajimaya (Eater has a full report here).