This article was published on May 28th, 2015
When a restaurant has the name Relish Burger Bistro, you anticipate casual comfort food, that is going to make your palette beg for more. Clearly, the Relish restaurant at the Westin Hotel in Seattle missed the mark on naming their restaurant, or at the minimum, being able to deliver a quality dining experience.
To start, they have an extensive drink menu of beer, wine, cocktails and martinis. When a menu features multiple spirit brands, especially premium brands for mixed drinks, patrons expect to get those brands. Apparently this establishment has no respect for brand loyalty, mixing drinks that call for Stolichnaya with competitive brands, chalking it up to, “they are all the same”. Not true! If you’re going to put a call-brand on your menu, you better serve it! The only thing they got right was that it looked pretty!
Restaurants typically have a couple of items of the menu servers point out as top-sellers. The key is to ask the server if they personally like it and if they’ve tasted it. The brussle sprouts come highly recommended, along with their signature burger. In this case, the angus beef patty was substituted for a chicken patty.
The brussle sprouts were half-cooked at best. Even the smallest ones were completely hard in the centre. Thank goodness they were coated in butter and bacon! It was their only saving grace! It’s not worth your time. Don’t order them.
The signature burger is, well, it’s better when its been completely deconstructed. Someone had this genius plan to throw every ingredient on the line between two buns and call it a burger. Well, they were wrong. While most people appreciate a good 9”, this burger you could leave at the door.
Wait. Scratch that. They get total props for the chicken-fennel patty! It’s the single thing they actually got right the entire meal. It was actually really good. If you happen to order the chicken patty, just pull it out of the burger and eat it on it’s own. It’s a bit like heaven. It would be so amazing with a nice Swiss or sharp cheese, served on a cranberry-whole-wheat bun. YUM!
At the end of the day… Relish Burger Bistro at the Westin hotel in Seattle claims to be a premium burger restaurant, with a casual atmosphere, but clearly, they deserve a complete fail. Don’t bother wasting your time. McDonald’s is more consistent and you don’t have to rip apart your McHappy Meal to get to the good part.
Food Quality: ★☆☆☆☆
Customer Service: ★★☆☆☆
Beverage Selection: ★☆☆☆☆
Price / Value: ★☆☆☆