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Edgecliff Report - Langley, WA (Whidbey Island)

CurtA | Apr 30, 200601:02 PM

Several of us went to hear youth Jazz in Langley last week. After doing some research we narrowed our dinner option list to four places: the Inn at Langley, Fish Bowl, Edgecliff, & Café Langley. It turned out that neither the Inn nor the café were serving the night we were going to be there. We flipped a coin and tried the Edgecliff.

The day was beautiful, which took full advantage of their view. They have the tables terraced on two levels, so everyone shares at least some of the view. Arriving early allowed us to be seated front and center overlooking the marina below, and the waters of Saratoga Passage.

We shared a plate of oysters as a starter. The platter had two kind both small, which I prefer. One of the varieties came from the local Penn Cove, home of a well known mussel farm. The oysters were nice, served with a garlic vinaigrette and some wasabi. A nice crusty loaf and some oil for dipping accompanied it.

For beverages, we all chose Fat Tire and water. I was tempted to try their house wine. They had several varietals at $20.00 at bottle from different vintners. Next time.

I tried their soup. This evening it was a Thai rendition. I enjoyed it very much. It was basically a coconut green curry with mushrooms and chicken. It had nice zip. I was pleased that I went that direction instead of the house salad, which my fellow diners chose. Not that the salad was bad, it was just like every ones.

For the entree, I chose the Seared duck breast and asparagus risoto. Despite ordering my duck medium rare, it came lacking any pink or red color. I found it to be warm, tender, moist, and flavorful, so I bit both my tongue and the remaining duck. I seldom order, and have yet to make, risoto. I found it to be creamy and cheesy. Great comfort food but for my palate I would have enjoyed an element with a bit more punch or zing.??

One of my fellow diners ordered the Scampi. It was presented in a nice wide rimmed pasta bowl. Nice negative space with a sprinkle of herbs. The dish had about five garlicky shrimp served on a bed of penne alfredo.

Our other diner ordered a stuffed chicken dish. It was nicely presented with some julienne vegis, and some kind of a mash. The stuffing was reported to include artichokes, and looked tasty!

Next time I go there I want to try the $10 steak sandwich from the bar menu and explore their house wine.

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