It’s been in the making for over two years now, but James Beard award winning chef Tamara Murphy has finally opened the doors of her new restaurant Terra Plata and is enjoying success.
Murphy’s baby, Terra Plata (she was previously the executive chef and owner of Brasa on third avenue) has landed in the cute triangular corner of Capitol Hill (where Melrose meets Minor). Murphy was finally able to secure the quant and quirky location only after several years of legal battles against Melrose Market Developers which started after a minor disagreement over a fuse box. The restaurant was supposed to open in 2009, but two years later, the extra wait has made Murphy, and anxious foodies, more appreciate of its arrival.
The interior is made of wood, wood, and more wood which makes for a simple rugged yet immaculately clean atmosphere. Murphy’s niche (like tons of other Seattle restaurants) is local and sustainable foods and she’s going for a “earth to plate” concept that incorporate the tastes of the seasons and the Pacific Northwest. There’s even a herb garden located on the top of Terra Plata’s roof.
Tuesdays through Sundays people come for the popular Honeymoon cocktail at Terra Plata’s bar but end up staying at least for the signature waffle-cut fries served with a pecorino and chive cream dip.
Other starters like the shisito peppers served with lemon and aioli are a yummy sweet and hot treat. Also noteworthy are the liver plates served with unique but complimentary sides. For instance the foie gras comes is plated with a sweet cherry vanilla jam and chocolate brioche. Or try the rabbit liver terrine with mostarda and again, a chocolate brioche which cuts the peppery flavor of the terrine yet brings out its sumptuousness.
The wait is finally over, Terra Plata has come to Capitol Hill. You’d be smart to make a reservation.