An effort 10 years in the making reaches an exciting goal today as Garnet Pitre opens her Five Fish Bistro on Broadway and adds yet another new restaurant to the Capitol Hill dining scene — this one with her fresh take on fish and chips.
The new bistro — located in the former home of UPS Broadway which has since moved up the street to the Joule — represents the next step in Pitre’s long career in the food and service industry. After her six years of making diners happy at the downtown Seattle Westin, Pitre said she is working with a rather unusual set of investors to make Five Fish a reality — honest to goodness friends.
With Pitre at the helm, the group of restaurant rookies is sailing forth with a bet that the restaurant can fill an unmet niche in the neighborhood’s busy restaurant scene. Compared to the bold varieties and sometimes hardcore approach to fish and chips taken by the only other dedicated Hill purveyor at Pike Street Fish Fry, Pitre’s fish is a lighter take. The restaurant also hopes to cater to alternative diets with an optional gluten free breading and tempura veggie options.
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Five Fish Bistro, opening 1/11/12, is giving the north end of Broadway a new take on Fish and Chips with its seasonal fresh fish and local brews and wines.
As the name implies, the eat-in or takeout bistro features five fresh fish daily. The fish and chips are made with a homemade batter, and deep-fried in peanut oil for a light and crispy exterior. The french fries come to life with a sprinkling of sea salt. The menu also includes a grilled fish option, appetizers, soups, salads and Po’ Boy sandwiches. There’s also a Peacemaker sandwich made with fried oysters. The name derives from the 19th century, when husbands coming home from a late night of carousing would bring one home to ease the rough reception from their wives.
Five Fish will also be offering a gluten-free version of their fish and chips and a gluten-free beer. And for dessert, there’s nothing better than hot beignets on gray Seattle day.
The bistro features local beers on tap, like Mac n’ Jack and Manny’s Draft, and wines on tap, like Pinot Noir, Merlot, Pinot Gris and a sparkling wine. Wines can also be had by the bottle.
Relaxed and fresh, the restaurant has a blue and sand interior with red accents. Sconces line the walls to create a well lit, yet easy on the eyes dining experience. The atmosphere is light-industrial with birch-colored benches, four-squares and high-tops which seat 50 comfortably. Seating can be rearranged to accommodate larger groups. Cut outs provide a view to the kitchen. In the summer, front panels open to outdoor seating.
The Grand Opening will be held on Tuesday, February 7th, from 4:00pm-7pm. The regular menu will be available, while tastings of several menu items will be passed around. Guests are invited to share a table, and purchase a glass of beer or wine to toast Five Fish Bistro’s opening. For those who stay out late, there’s always the Peacemaker.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Thursday: 11 AM-9 PM
Friday & Saturday: 11 AM-10 PM
Sunday: 12 PM-9 PM
Monday: “Gone Fishin’” (closed)