This one is meaningful.
I have a particular interest in regional Indian cuisine, both in terms of home cookery and restos. Unfortunately, until a few years ago, my immediate vicinity (Columbia City) was totally devoid of *any* Indian food, and really, there was nothing worthwhile between Pabla in Renton and Annapurna (some aspects of it at least) in Capitol Hill. Such it was before Fortune smiled upon us and Saffron Spice emerged in the Rainier Valley a few years back.
This is not simply a capable purveyor of channas, naans and kebabs, but a specialist in one of my favorite regional cuisines, that of Goa, the coconut palm-fringed hippie/raver paradise on the SW coast of the sub-continent. Saffron Spice quickly evolved into a quarterly-to-monthly destination. I can recommend every one of the Goan specials on offer (though the pork sorpotel is an acquired taste), especially the prawn balchao, fish rechado and chicken xacuti. The last order, a couple weeks ago, was better than ever: the fish had evolved from a whole specimen to a fillet, adeptly fried after dusting with an unbelievably savory masala blend. Even the saag paneer (possibly my least favorite Indo-standard) was enlivened by the smoky notes of black cardamom.
SS is basically a take-out place, though in the before times there was a tiny indoor space with 1 table and a counter for dining. On one occasion, the chef/proprietor gave my wife and I a gratis serving of the goan bread pudding. Come and get it.
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