Back in Cleveland, a friend highly recommended Moxie. I was surprised and delighted to see a locale in Queen Anne.
The gist of the review is that you should DEFINITELY go for the appetizers and desserts (during happy hour) but choose wisely on the entree.
The Bleu cheese flan appetizer was EXCELLENT. It was SO tasty and went well with the teeny tiny salad of spring greens and pear slivers. You could almost taste what you were paying for.
My fiance got the seared scallops and was not impressed. They were small, overcooked and had WAY too much pesto on them. We've made better at home. I can't even remember what the side dish was on that. Spinach? From what I could see, it was plate of green paste everywhere.
I was very tempted to get a traditional steak and garlic mashed potoates but my adventuresome nature got the best of me and I opted (last minute under pressure) for the quail stuffed with semolina. I had read a review about how it was highly recommended.
It was disturbingly similar to dissecting the actual bird. It was served in its bird shape and was stuffed with a bland semolina paste. The meat was very tender so when I tried to cut into it, it kinda "squished" as if the innards were being displaced. It didn't help that the stuffing paste blobbed out like...poop. Ugh, so disturbing.
To make the experience even MORE enjoyable, the leg bones were intact (though broken at the ankles) and I had to gnaw and suck on them like a maniac to get the tender meat off them. The side vegetable was some sort of green leafy deal (Spinach? Kale? Kelp?). It was sauteed/wilted with barely any seasoning.
The saving grace was the DESSERT! Oh luscious dessert, how I love you. We decided on the Pumpkin Creme Brulee and it made the evening almost worth it.
Couple more comments: bread was good, place gets LOUD LOUD LOUD. But from some kind of dimensional warp or from being seated next to a wall, I could still kinda hear my dining partner.
I expected a hefty price tag to this meal and for *that* they met the expectation. If I go back, it will be to try again with the different entrees or just give up and do appetizers and desserts at happy hour.