What a jewel this place is, a million thanks to Leper for pointing the way.
Lady PB and I took a dear friend and her daughter for dinner on Sat. July 1, on our way up to Canada for a vacation.
A once over of the menu told all of us that we would have to make some tough choices, it all looked so good. We started with the Manila Clams in Black Bean Sauce (8.50) and Baked Oysters in Hoisun Sauce topped with Bacon (8.00) from the appetizer selections, and asked if we could also have the Jumbo Prawns in Tamarind sauce from the entree section as an appetizer, which they were happy to do. All were excellent but the oysters were simply outstanding, not over-sauced but just enough to compliment the plump fresh bivalves with a zippy tang.
I ordered the Mussels in Curry Sauce which came without the shells, Viet style curry powder, coconut milk, lemongrass, cayennne pepper, ground peanuts and seafood sauce, served with Jasmine Rice (16.50). The mussels were fresh and plump, and the sauce very rich and tasty. Lady PB had the Spicey (sic) Black Tiger Prawn Stir-Fry, prawns in red bell peppers, Napa Cabage, jicama and carrots in a spicy Asian sauce with Asian Clear Noodles (19). We both agreed this was the least successful of all the dishes, not that it wasn't good just that the others were so incredible. Our friend ordered the Sauteed Mussels in Mediterranean Sauce (16.50), butter, garlic, onion, finely chopped jalapeno and ripe tomatoes over pasta. She ended up taking most of hers back to her Son-in-law since we had pretty much stuffed ourselves on the apps. Her daughter got the Black Tiger Prawns in Curry Sauce (19), the same as was on my mussels, it worked as well if not even better.
We had a bottle of Cartlidge & Browne Dry Riesling that I'd picked up prior to leaving CA. We also brought in a couple of desserts we'd picked up that afternoon at the Olympia Farmer's Market, a lemon and coconut pie-like delight on a square of cookie type dough and a slab of this decadent peanut butter - chocolate - cream cheese log. We were not charged corkage for the wine or a plate service fee for the desserts. Unsure of whether this is normal policy or related to the fact that we shared some of the dessert with the waitress.
Total for 3 apps and 4 dinners was $112, pre t/t. We all agreed it was an excellent value.
I'm not familiar with what the Olympia and Tacoma dining scenes have to offer, but if you're way up the eastern side of the Olympic Peninsula, this is the best meal we've found south of Port Townsend.
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