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SEA - Yarrow Bay Inn - a report

howard | Oct 23, 200501:34 PM

joined a friend for dinner last night - as he has lived here for 30 years, asked that we try a fave of his to which i had not been - he chose yarrow bay inn at carillon point in lake washington. arrived just at sunset for which the placed was seemingly designed. low ceilings, blonde woods, rich earth tones. mostly booths and tables just a bit close together. three-course tasting menu and extensive wine list offered; server was quite knowledgeable and helpful about both. as seafood was stated to be a speciality, chose from the regular menu; appetizer "buffet" of curried crabcake with lime aioli (light and well flavored), tuna tartare with avocado (the best of this increasingly common dish tasted in some years - a real winner) and squid perfectly simmered in a spicey mirepoix. adequate if not special bread and lavosh. entrees were seared scallops with apple/potato compote (they were so fresh that the searing caused actual carmelization; the hit of the night) and a house standard of thai seafood stew (sorry, not a lover of coconut but stated to be wonderful). shared a dessert of chocolate decadence of good quality if not to the standard of the entrees. coffee service (french presse pots) most impressive as presented in the manner of vienna with whipped cream and shaved chocolate. the service was precisely what was needed and not a jot over; as we stayed and chatted for some time, new coffee service was quietly brought with fresh everything. bill with a bottle of pinot noir and a comfortable tip was $200 and worth every nickel to discover a new and repeatable place.

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