canon has the most epic bar and biggest captain’s list that i’ve seen in a long time, and lacks the pretention of most bars of its caliber. our bartender, brian, was beyond helpful, letting us sample beverages of interest, and recommending other seattle must try eateries. i was won over by the hanky panky, one of their glass aged cocktails served in a flask; gin, sweet vermouth, fernet and orange zest, complex and balanced. the gf opted for “shrouded roulette,” where you tell the bartender what you’re in the mood for and he mixes you up something custom – brian nailed it, twice.
the food also makes canon worth a visit. angosture-bourbon nuts, with cashews, pretzels and caramel corn, are an addictive happy hour companion. the confit salmon with truffle dumplings, leek and mushroom was some of the most well prepared, flavorful, and delicate salmon i’ve ever had – we were seriously blown away.
this is a pretty impressive start to our weekend, and sets the bar high for what else seattle has to offer.