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For all of you that we had the pleasure of sharing our love of food in the context of the spectacular resources of the Pacific Northwest, we're living the next adventure. Taking our passion for food, flavor, and cooking nurtured in our dear Le Gourmand and Sambar, a new story is emerging; a tale to be shared beyond the humble Ballard neighborhood where our professional and personal lives first connected.
Chef Bruce Naftaly
From the mid-70s to the present, Bruce Naftaly has quietly been leading a genuine food revolution. Before farm-to-table gained enough recognition to become a movement, he collaborated with farmers, foragers, growers and other purveyors to find insanely fresh, local, organic ingredients - a happy mission to secure the best the Northwest has to offer. Bruce's philosophy of giving impeccable ingredients their own voice in every finished dish continues to guide his culinary love affair of more than four decades. He now brings it back to the basics, a humble foundation. After all, it's all about the soups and sauces.
Chef Sara Naftaly
Sara's fascination with French cuisine began in Paris at age 4 with her first bite of a classic Parisian macaron. Growing up in both London and Paris, she spent her youth exploring the diverse regions throughout Europe sampling cuisine from some of the finest restaurants. Traveling the world turned into a lifelong obsession with many mentors along the way including respected private chef Michel Boulard and Susan Spicer of renowned Bayona in New Orleans before meeting Bruce. Working together for over 15 years, they continue to win the loyalty of generations of diners by showcasing the regional bounty of the Pacific Northwest.
Enjoy Marmite's weekday lunch, weekend brunch and take away located in Capitol Hill's Chophouse Row, the epitome of urban living. Take home or dine in to savor daily choices of broth, soup, and restorative entrées along with unique selections from our global wine list.
Stop by for a memorable experience. Wholesome food may not be the panacea for world peace, yet it's a very good place to start. It all begins with our soups: broth-y goodness and so much more from Chef Bruce Naftaly and the team.
Sharing space with Marmite, think of Spirit as the nocturnal sibling. An intimate lounge and dinner experience named after No. 99 of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales taking the unmatched cocktail craft of Chef Sara Naftaly to new heights. Plan to bring an appetite and experience the extraordinary libations, a diverse selection of wines and ciders to enjoy with dinner offerings all underscored by a subtle and relaxed vibe.
Not enough time for dinner? No worries. Join us for a cocktail before beginning your evening during the week with our irreverent happy hour, a.k.a. Fine Diving, 4 to 6pm Tuesday thru Friday. Unwind from a hectic day and maybe a world that doesn't always make sense.