It's been a few weeks since my wonderful trip to Seattle and Vancouver and I've finally gotten over the post-vacation blues to write about it. We sampled a lot of local flavors considering the limited time we had.
As I already mentioned in a previous post, Dish was our biggest dissapointment. Falling into the "not bad, but not worth a fuss" were the Salmon sandwiches at the Market Cafe. The fish was good and fresh but lacked any intense salmon flavor. The bun was of the squishy and glossy variety that seems to be more of a west coast phenomenon. In NYC most of the nicer sandwich bread I've eaten is well crusted over and that's what I've come to prefer for a denser, more satisfying sandwich. I couldn't squeeze enough of their not-so peppery jelly to give the sandwich a kick.
The food at Turkish Delight near Pike's market was a bit overpriced and underflavored. Nothing looked too appealing from the cold mezze assortment and the shwarma was being reheated in a questionable method. The chicken and broccoli talas I ate was pretty good but needed some spice to take it to a level beyond rich. Even with the whole wheat, filo construct it managed to be flaky yet dense at the same time.
A trip to Uwajimaya's food court scored a deep purple colored, Hawaian steamed Taro bun. It was sweet and gooey, totally one dimensionally fun.
For dinner we were running really late but scored a last minute walk-in at the Dahlia Lounge. I had an enjoyable meal at Etta's on our last trip and I mistakenly thought we were going to his less formal, and less expensive place(Palace Kitchen I suppose).
I was surpised at how good everything was. They seated us quickly despite a lack of reservation and a line forming out the door. Even ordering only tap water without appetizers couldn't spoil their good attitudes.
I ordered a roasted duck dish which came with a single giant fried, slightly sweet pot sticker and some nice Chinese Broccoli. The dish was an intense kick of flavors, I could've eaten another complete plate right there. My wife's grilled Salmon was full of smokey, flavor and satisfied whatever Salmon craving we had left after the semi-letdown of the Market Cafe sandwich. A side plate of asparagus was perfectly roasted until the very essence of the vegetable could shine. I know this place takes some knocks on these boards but based on this one meal I'd go back in a second.