I have been waiting for years to go to The Pink Door at Pike Place Market, but hadn't gotten around to it until finally recently, when the added impetus of hearing the gypsy jazz/swing band Trio À Propos inspired the actualization.
The restaurant itself is lovely- there is a huge outdoor patio and the inside is at once romantic and lively. Soon after being seated, we were given a half loaf of fresh rustic bread, and (a detail that impressed me), some high quality olive oil for dipping with a handful of green olives luxuriating in the pool.
The Pink Door isn't exactly a vegetarian mecca. The vegetarian main choices on the menu are pretty scant; in addition to salads and veggie sides (roasted potatoes, grilled veggies, etc), there are just a tiny handful of vegetarian dishes, including a lasagna and a polenta.
We started with the beet salad, which came with roasted beets, arugula, walnuts, and Gorgonzola (for which I substituted fresh mozzarella). It was a tasty and satisfying combination. It was definitely at "fancy salad" prices, but that goes with the territory I suppose.
For a main dish, I ordered the vegetarian lasagna, which was strongly recommended by one of my dining companions, who had formed an obsessive memory of it after eating it years ago and falling in gustatory love.
And it really was that good. Part of the beauty of it was its simplicity- there were no slimy vegetable chunks to contend with. Instead, there were layers of velvety, toothy fresh spinach noodles, a heavenly creamy bechamel sauce, and then on top, a perfectly savory tomato sauce. Again, it was relatively expensive (I think $17 for a single portion), but my goodness, it was delicious.
For dessert we ordered some sort of salted caramel chocolate tarte, which, though thoroughly consumed, wasn't particularly noteworthy.
It was an evening of good music, good food, good company and good ambiance. I am so glad to have finally checked it out!