What You'll Get
The perfect food and wine pairing is like the fateful meeting of destined lovers, best celebrated with a tiny mock wedding presided over by a curmudgeonly pepper mill with a heart of gold. Combine cuisine and wine the way nature intended with today's deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of haute cuisine and wine at Verve Bistro and Cellar in Columbia City. This Groupon can also be applied to Verve’s wine tastings on Tuesday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Before diving into Verve’s extensive wine list, grape groupies can rev up their tasting engines with a menu of gourmet small plates and entrees. Slap some sense into your hysterical palate with starters such as butterscotch pear and goat cheese salad ($9) or a smaller plate like the blasted brussel sprouts ($9) or the cornbread-coated veal sweetbreads ($9). Diners who’ve worked up a heartier appetite after a long day arm-wrestling rhinos will achieve sophisticated satiation with entrees such as beef bourguignon with bacon and mushrooms ($12) and lobster risotto with fennel ($15).
With its clean-cut, modernist ambience of polished wood furnishings and celery walls adorned with art by local creative types (now playing: the willowy muted ink and gouache naturalism from Danila Rumold), Verve would simply be a hip upmarket dinner joint if not for the schools of wine bottles swimming amongst its walls’ racky reefs. The oven-roasted chicken with garlic mashed potatoes ($17) pairs nicely with a Highway 14 chardonnay ($8/glass) or a Luc Pirlet Viognier ($6/glass). No self-respecting half-pound burger topped with garlic aioli foie gras ($14) would be seen in public without a strong red cabernet sauvignon like the South African Gamekeeper's Reserve ($8) or Sly Dog from the Northwest ($9) by its side. And the New Zealand king salmon ($17) smothered in black trumpet mushroom ratatouille and anchovy butter makes such a disgustingly lovey-dovey couple with the Walnut City Wineworks pinot noir ($11/glass) that you might find yourself shouting at the table to get a room.
According to Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to Wine,” the “starry child of earth, smooth as a golden sword, soft as lascivious velvet,” at the least, must be shared. So share a few glasses of gourmet grape juice with boyfriends, girlfriends, gender-neutral friends, or your favorite air traffic controller with today’s Groupon to Verve Bistro and Cellar.
- Verve Wine Bar seals the deal, in a room so worldly—sophisticated amber light pendants glow upon soft celery walls—yet so welcoming (even to kids) the very seating arrangement feels like an embrace. – Seattle Met
- …Verve has rounded out the panoply of dinner options in Columbia City with gracious personal touches. – Kristen Millares Bolt, Seattle P-I
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 3, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 add'l as gifts. Must use in 1 visit. Dine-in only. No cash back. Tax & gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.