We will be open on MLK Day

Both Café Presse and Le Pichet will be open regular hours on
Martin Luther King Jr Day
, Monday January 21st. Hope to see you here!

Café Presse    7am to 2am everyday
Le Pichet        8am to Midnight everyday

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New desserts for Winter as well!

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New menu day means new desserts as well! Here are some photos of the new sweet additions…

CP NM Jan 2019 breadpudding

Vanilla-walnut bread pudding, served warm with caramelized bananas and vanilla ice cream

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New winter menu at Café Presse

Salad of Belgian, frisée and Castelfranco endives with tarragon, pine nuts, blood orange supremes, candied peel and blood orange vinaigrette

Salad of Belgian, frisée and Castelfranco endives with tarragon, pine nuts, blood orange supremes, candied peel and blood orange vinaigrette

The new Winter menu at Café Presse started last Thursday with the traditional menu tasting for the staff.  Here are some photos of the savory items that have been added for Winter

Salad of spinach, dandilion greens, red onion, roasted Delicata squash and croutons with a warm duck heart-shallot vinaigrette

Salad of spinach, dandilion greens, red onion, roasted Delicata squash and croutons with a warm duck heart-shallot vinaigrette

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Now on the menu at Le Pichet, January 2019

LP Duck salad Jan 2019

House smoked duck breast on a salad of French lentils, frisée lettuce, macerated golden raisins, Delicata squash and Dijon mustard vinaigrette

LP kale Jan 2019

Salad of lacinato kale, kohlrabi, pink grapefruit, creamy grapefruit dressing, Espelette pumpkin seeds and shaved sheep’s milk cheese

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Pork roulade soon at Café Presse

CP NM Jan 2019 Belly prep

First step in making a pork belly roulade is to “butterfly” the belly so that it is twice as wide but half as thick.

Coming to the new winter menu at Cafe Presse that begins this Thursday, January 10, 2019:

Crispy sage rubbed pork belly roulade served with roasted apples, Jeruselem artichokes, endives, hazelnuts and aged sherry vinegar

To make the roulade, we start with belly from Berkshire pigs, a heritage bread known for the quality of its fat and for its flavor.  To assure that the flavors of the sage-salt-black pepper rub reaches every part of the roulade, we open the belly up to twice its size but half its thickness in a process that is called “butterflying”. The rub is then applied generously, the seasoned belly is rolled and tied so that it will keep its shape during cooking.

CP NM Jan 2019 Belly roll

The seasoned pork roulade is trussed to assure that it will keep its shape during long slow cooking

Preparations finished, the roulade is then cooked in a slow oven oven for hours until it is tender and unctuous inside and crispy golden on the outside.  Yum!

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Prepping for Winter menu at Café Presse

CP NM Prep Jan 2019 Spice

Spice mixture used to rub pork belly for our house cured pancetta. The entire process takes over a week. including 5 days of air drying under refrideration

Work is well underway in preparation forthe new Winter 2019 menu that starts at Cafe Presse on Thurday January 10th.  Here are a couple pictures of some of different steps that go into it.

Rounds of compound butter made with Bleu d'Auvergne cheese are ready to garnish our petit sirloin steak frites

Rounds of compound butter made with Bleu d’Auvergne cheese are ready to garnish our petit sirloin steak frites. The ingredients include sweet butter, garlic, lemon zest, and Worcestershire sauce

Duck hearts confit slowly in duck fat on the oven. These were marinated with salt, garlic and spices for a few days before cooking.

Duck hearts confit slowly in duck fat on the oven. These were marinated with salt, garlic and spices for a few days before cooking.

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Seattle Eater’s Food Experts call Café Presse a “Go-To” restaurant….yes its there, way down at the bottom!

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French Conversation in 2019

2019 Dates for the French Conversation Table at Café Presse:

January:           02, 16, 30          July:               03, 17, 31
February:         13, 27                 August:           14, 28
March:             13, 27                  September:    11, 25
April:                10, 24                 October:         09, 23
May:                 08, 22                 November:    06, 20
June:                05, 19                 December:     04, 18

Every second Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm, please join us for French conversation in the back room at Café Presse.   At each meeting, a French speaking facilitator will be on hand  to get the discussion rolling.  The Conversation Table is free and open to French speakers of all levels.  Hope to see you there!

And don’t forget that every day from 4pm to 6pm (including during the French Conversation Table!) you can enjoy our VinExpresse Happy Hour, when all in-house bottles of wine are available for take-out prices as well as special prices on wine-friendly snacks.

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Special today at Café Presse: Axoa d’Espelette

Jan-2017-Axoa

Axoa is a stalwart of good Basque country cooking. Our version is made in the style of the village of Espelette, with ground beef and veal simmered with sweet peppers, onions, garlic, tomato, thyme and Piment d’Espelette,served with pommes frites. Miam miam!  Available while supply lasts.

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Holiday Hours

Café Presse and Le Pichet will observe the following special hours during the 2018 Holiday Season so that our hard-working team may spend time with their families.

Le Pichet:
Christmas Eve, Monday December 24             Open for breakfast and lunch, closing at 2pm
Christmas Day, Tuesday December 25            Closed all day
New Year’s Eve, Monday December 31            Extended dinner hours from 5pm- midnight
New Year’s day, Tuesday January 1                  Closed all day

Café Presse:
Christmas Eve,Monday December 24             Open for breakfast and lunch, closing at 2pm
Christmas Day, Tuesday December 25            Closed all day
New Year’s Eve, Monday December 31           Open from 7am to 2am
New Year’s day, Tuesday January 1                 Opening late at 10am until 2am

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