Wow! What a wonderful town Seattle is! Everyone we met was so friendly, fun and helpful. And, what great food! Even my husband, the avowed carnivore, kept wanting more fish.
So -- here's my report:
On Friday, we had lunch at Pike Place Market at Emmett Watson's. We could have made a meal there with just the fresh raw oysters and their specialty, the Puget Sound Salmon Soup, a clam-based broth with oodles of garlic and herbs, big chunks of fresh salmon and some of the plumpest mussels I've ever seen, served with a giant crouton and herb sour cream. We also made the mistake of ordering the broiled oysters (too tough after broiling, and the bacon was too fatty), and some sort of fried seafood platter (good fries though). After walking through the market and seeing the fish being tossed about (those guys are hilarious!), we snacked on fresh hot mini-doughnuts from one of the stands. I only got two as my husband snarfed the rest up really quickly, but they were delicious, and just the right contrast for the chill.
Dinner on Friday was at Shiro's. Alas, although there were two seats left at the sushi bar, they were on opposite sides of the bar. The hostess told us that Shiro-san could do an omakase for us at a table, so we went with that. We started with pickled smelt, served under a cloud of finely shredded onions. Then, there were fresh ray oysters in light soy sauce. We then had broiled red snapper marinated in sake -- oh, yum. My mouth is watering remembering it! That was followed by a yellowtail sushi appetizer, which was followed by our main course of assorted sushi and sashimi. The yellowtail melted in your mouth, and the dragon maki was seasoned just right. Cappucino and mango mochi rounded out the meal, and Shiro-san chatted briefly with us on our way out. A wonderful experience.
Saturday, we had lunch at Malay Satay Hut, and you're right, there is nothing in DC quite like it. The curry is fantastic. Saturday dinner, we schlepped out to West Seattle to a tiny place called Kamei for more sushi. It's a charming little family run place, with the sweetest sushi chef in the world, who can regale you with tales of his days as sushi chef to the stars when he worked in California.
Thanks Seattle, for a wonderful and delicious weekend!