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A Perfect Marriage of Flavors: Peyrassol Cafe

“Ahead of the Curve” foodies rejoice ... Peyrassol Cafe at Southport offers high-end cuisine at affordable prices.

“Ahead of the Curve” foodies rejoice ... Count yourselves lucky to have in our midst. Everyone else? Make a pilgrimage to Renton, Pronto!

Less than fifteen minutes from home, I can twirl delightfully kitchen-crafted pasta on my fork, savor a platter of slow-roasted Osso Buco, sway to the Buena Vista Social Club while simultaneously sipping on a specialty cocktail such as the Boat Launch or a Rosemary Lemon Drop (each $7). We’re talking about incredible prices for food and drinks of this caliber, while feeling like a BIG NIGHT OUT. 

Peyrassol is the under-lying love story between newlyweds: chef, Sachia Tinsley, & sommelier Scott Cory. Scott is a respected member of the wine community, and makes for a gracious evening host at tables; his wife Sachia is a creative dervish of talent in the kitchen below  , with an impressive resume which includes the kitchens of La Spiga & Wild Ginger. 

This ambitious duo wrote their business plan on their honeymoon, deciding to take a small panini shop, near , to a whole new level.

Waltz into Peyrassol by day for a rotating list of freshly-made sandwiches, soups, and salads by the lake and . Recent selections include a grilled Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar with Mortadella and a daily vegetarian option such as Marinated olive-oil Roasted Vegetables with mozzarella and arugula, both served on Macrina’s artisan potato bread for a mere $6 each. Today’s soup offering ($2 with sandwich,$3.50 cup, $6 bowl ) was a French Lentil and Farro, with fresh tomato and tuscan kale.

“I like to combine French and Italian flavors,” Tinsley shared with me.

Brunch is a brand new offering on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,  which means you don’t even have to be an early bird to enjoy except for: ‘freshly baked Brioche Cinnamon Rolls (they come out of the oven every half hour until they’re all gone)’ ($5.75). Plus Dutch Babies ($10) served in a cast iron skillet, a Lakeside Scramble ($9.50) with scallions mushrooms, Canadian bacon and Parmigiano, and ‘soon to be famous’ Ouefs Plats ($7) which are Parisian-style free range eggs baked over prosciutto and cheese, finished with white truffle oil. Oo la la.

Which brings us to dinner, the busiest meal at Peyrassol, which took the proprietors by surprise. 

Start things off with a Peyrassol House Salad ($5.50), romaine hearts and arugula with toasted pecans or a bowl of savory house-marinated Olives ($4). Order one of the ridiculously inexpensive sides (all priced at $3), our favorite being the Crispy Polenta Cake. But save room for dessert!

Although we were sharing amongt friends, I kept the Spaghetti alla Chitarra con Burro e Limone ($11) close to my end of the table. This Abruzzan pasta is hand cut on thin Chitarra wires and tossed in a sensuous lemon butter, laced with asparagus and Parmigiano. Our Campbell River Salmon Special charmed a picky salmon eater (me) into taking multiple forkfuls, fragrantly sauced with a classic beurre blanc (butter, basil, parsley, shallot and white wine) and served with a potato celeriac gratin. $15, are you kidding me?

Osso Bucco for two was a mere $25, which tops the charge for any dish at Peyrassol to-date. This huge portion of melting-off-the-bone lamb shank was lovingly braised with herbs, tomato, and white wine in the oven for three and a half hours, then nestled against a saffron risotto Milanese. Or blink your eyes at $16 Porcini Braised Duck served with roasted root vegetables and rustic mashed potatoes.   

But I cannot leave off dessert—Peyrassol is one place where you must at least share a sweet. The “Dessert Whimsy” ($6) we chose was a ‘pumpkin seed brittle ice cream nestled between two oatmeal, chocolate chip, golden raisin crisp cookies’. Had we not been already full from our  generous and delicious main courses, we might have gone for option 1: a brownie sundae with salted caramel sauce and house spun gelato. 

Susan Bressler February 24, 2011 at 08:14 PM
I just finished a cup of the french lentil soup--leftover from lunch yesterday--and it is bar none, the best soup I have ever had in my life. Yesterday, I had the quiche which was delicious and my husband had a tuna/caper sandwich, which he found outstanding! This is a great restaurant!

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