Tourteau Poitevin wth spiced red wine  poached dried plums,  at Le Pichet

Gateau au fromage blanc de chevre

Vin Expresse and After Hours


Cafe Presse now has two great Happy Hours

Vin Expresse: Everyday from 4pm to 6pm
Our Paris-style wine happy hour
-All in-house bottles of wine available at Take-Out prices; all bottles from $9 and $15.
-Menu of wine-friendly snacks at special low prices.

Presse After Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11pm to 1:30am
Our late night happy hour
-Late night specials on Wine, Beer and Cocktails
-Great prices on croques, frites and more

For more information and menus, visit our website at

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Spring Menu now at Cafe Presse

House cured tuna, Yakima asparagus, soft cooked egg and tarragon vinaigrette.

House cured tuna, Yakima asparagus, soft cooked egg and tarragon vinaigrette.

The Spring 2014 menu at Cafe Presse was rolled out on Tuesday April 8, 2014.  If you haven’t had a chance to come by and try it yourself, here are some photos of several of the dishes…Hope you will come by and try these as well as the rest of the menu.

Sandwich with house-made smoked pork sausage.

Sandwich with house-made smoked pork sausage.

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Michael Ruhlman lunching at Café Presse

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No, Dre is not that short, Michael is that tall.

Author Michael Ruhlman  stopped by Café Presse for lunch today, and was kind enough to pose for this photo with Café Presse chef de cuisine Dre Neeley.  Michael is in Seattle to discuss and sign  his new book  Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient at an event this evening at Elliot Bay Books.

I first met Michael at Le Pichet in 2004, when he was in Seattle doing research for his book Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing .  This book, which is perhaps one of his most loved (its one of my favorites, that is sure), was published in 2005 and featured Le Pichet’s recipe for “Rillons Tourangelles”  or crispy cured pork belly.

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Spring menu starts tomorrow at Café Presse

The new menu for Spring 2014 at Café Presse will be rolled out tomorrow,  Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 9am.   Here is a sneak peek of some of the new dish you will find:

Tourin blanchi
“Creamy sweet garlic soup, bleu cheese croutons, marinated spring onions”

Asperge, confit de thon, œuf mollet
“House preserved albacore tuna, Yakima asparagus, soft cooked egg, creamy tarragon vinaigrette”

Caille croustillant, sa salade aux pommes de terre rôties et au lard fumé “Buttermilk fried quail, warm salad of roasted potatoes, green beans, bacon and red onion, smoked paprika mayonnaise”

Saucisse à l’agneau et au porc, ragoût vert aux haricots blancs
“Grilled lamb-pork sausage, spring white bean stew with asparagus, spinach, scallions and mint pistou butter”

Mousse glacée au citron, compote à la rhubarbe
Frozen lemon mousse terrine with rhubarb compote and whipped cream”

And much more…

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Dried plums poached in spiced red wine

New York Times 2014

Recently, I noticed an article written by Martha Rose Shuleman in the food section of the  New York Times that struck a chord.  It was about prunes poached in red wine, a classic French bistro dessert, but also one that I have always had a hard time selling to diners here in Seattle.  Their image as the old-person’s laxative aside, I am a big fan of prunes;  I remember with fondness the version that my friend Scott Emerick served on the menu at his Madrona restaurant Cremant.

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April 2014 Corner Table Dinner

What: Family-style dinner at Café Presse
When: Tuesday April 29, 2014, 6:30pm
Where: The back room at Cafe Presse

The menu for the April 2014 Corner Table has been set and will feature new dishes from our Spring 2014 menu!  The next Corner Table dinner at Café Presse is scheduled for Tuesday April 29, 2014 at 6:30pm.  Space is limited and by reservation only so call today to save your place.

The Corner Table is a fixed price dinner designed to celebrate the changing season and the conviviality of the table. The meal will include 3 courses from Cafe Presse’s seasonal menu presented in the traditional style that one might be served if invited to the home of a French family. The meal will also include French country wines selected by wine manager Joanne Herron. It’s not about connoisseurship or solemn swirling and sniffing. Instead, come celebrate the best that the season has to offer and the simple pleasure of gathering together with good things to eat and drink.  We hope you can join us.

This Month’s Menu

Tourin blanchi
“Creamy sweet garlic soup, bleu cheese croutons and marinated spring onions”

Caille croustillant, sa salade aux pommes de terre rôties et au lard fume
“Buttermilk fried quail, warm salad of roasted potatoes, green beans, bacon and red onion, smoked paprika mayonnaise”

Tourteau poitevin et ses pruneaux marinés au Cognac
“Rich mascarpone cake,  dried plums simmered with honey, spices, red wine and Cognac”

$27 per person for the menu alone, $42 with wine (price does not include tax or gratuity)
Dinner begins promptly at 6:30pm.

For further information or reservations please call Café Presse at 206.709.7674.

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Le Pichet and Café Presse in the Media

Photo: Groupon 2014

Lots of good press for Le Pichet and Café Presse recently…

In the March 2014 Seattle Magazine, Le Pichet was named “Best of the trend: Nose to Tail Dining”.  Cafe Presse was also sighted for honorable mention in the same category.

Also in Seattle Magazine March 2014, Le Pichet was named “Best French Restaurant” in a Reader’s Poll.

An article on recommended Cafe Presse as one of their favorite places in Seattle for a big hunk of meat (our roasted to order whole chicken for two).

And finally, Le Pichet and Cafe Presse Executive Chef Jim Drohman was featured in an article in Groupons’ Seattle Guide, giving advice on how to add a French note to your home cooking (believe me, the mac and cheese with a French flag planted in it was not my idea).



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Coconut riz a la creme with pineapple compote.

Riz a la crème de noix de coco

Roasted Chicken among Zagat’s “8 Biggest Cuts of Meat in Seattle”

Photo Zagat 2014

Zagat is big on big cuts of meat.  The proof is a series of recent articles featuring restaurant meat dishes from around the country sized for the Paleolithic man in all of us (check out these Zagat articles on Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington DC, among others).

Now, it’s Seattle’s 15 minutes in the  “Bigger is better” spotlight.  And Cafe Presse’s whole roasted chicken for two, which tips the scales at 3 1/2 pounds, has made the cut as one of Zagat’s eight favorites.    And, although I don’t advocate making menu choices based on standing weight, I can say that our chicken makes a tasty meal for two with plenty of leftovers for the next day.  Plus pommes frites.

Thanks for noticing, Zagat.

Whole chicken for two, roasted to order, available every day at:

Le Pichet for dinner only, from 5:30pm to 10pm
Cafe Presse all day from 9am to 12:30am
Also for Take Out at Cafe Presse from 9am to 12:30am.  Call 206 709-7674

Please allow 1 hour 

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