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David Sanford designed Belle Clementine “in the philosophy that the shared meal is one of the best ways to bring people together,” he said soon after the restaurant opened. Unlike many restaurants which clump their communal dishes on big platters, forcing guests to privately calculate how much they can take without denying their neighbors a fair share, Belle Clementine is never stingy with its servings. A plate of a dozen appetizer toasts smeared with a sweet chicken-liver mousse and grazed with pickled sunchokes might be refilled three times before diners catch on to the kitchen's generosity. Sanford usually prefaces the meal with a snack, such as taut potato chips or warmed green olives with curlicues of lemon zest, and the $40 flat rate for dinner (a tremendously good deal) includes a glass of beer or wine served in a stubby jelly glass.
Source: Seattle Weekly
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