The ambiance is cool, very unusual - an eclectic mix of scandanavian, retro, and je n'sais quoi. \r
Some (though not all) of the portions are a bit small, but they are intended as small plates i.e. a couple of them together to make a meal. Most of them are memorably delicious and so worth the price. Also, even if a bit small, most of the food tends to be quite rich and so more filling than the dishes initally appear. The mussels can be a full meal by themselves and the fries are a mammoth portion and very tasty. The drinks selection is very interesting and worth a few experiments plus some good beers not usually available. The crowd is a nice mix. In my experience the service is very good, an empty glass is spotted very quickly - quite a feat given how crowded its been on Fri. and Sat. nites that I have been there. The seating arrangement is a little strange in a few places and the bar area can be a bit uncomfortably packed on Fri. and Sat nites. On the other hand, its usually got just the right size crowd for an enjoyable but not too busy after work drink on weekenites and earlier on weekends. All in all, a great addition to the neighborhood. Echoing another review, I hope that its just close enough to Ballard Ave. to stay busy but far enough away to keep its own unique character and charm.
Pros: Interesting Menu, unique drinks