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Recent Trip to Seatle - short report

Michael Frantz | Dec 29, 200310:44 PM

Before my recent 1.5 day trip back to Seattle (lived there for a number of years and moved to Wenatchee about 4 years ago), I did some reading on the chowhounds message board...glad I did. If for no other reason than I discovered the Malay Satay Hut. It was our first stop after dropping my kid off at his friends house (this was a trip for my wife and I to have some time alone together).

The posts on this forum indicated we had to try the Indian flatbread...two orders. Ohmigosh...this stuff is truly fantastic. If anyone is reading this and has been putting off a trip to this restaurant...just go. I don't remember the name of the dish but it was #1 on the appetizer list. 1 order per person. Anything less and there will be fights at the table. We also had wonderful chicken satay (heh..it's in the name of the place for goodness sake), and a noodle dish that for once wasn't oversauced. Just fantastic chewy noodle goodness. The wok flavor came through, and they didn't "rush" the cooking (I hate it when they don't let the noodles and stuff char just a bit to really get the wok searing flavor to come out). Really a fabulous meal.

That night for dinner we ended up walking to Palace Kitchen. The place doesn't seem to be a favorite on this board, but my wife and I believe the "plin" to be an absolutely perfect dish. They are worth a visit alone. We also had some muscles in a cream, bacon, citrus(?) broth, that I felt to be good, but a bit lacking. Generous use of the table pepper grinder helped immensly with the overall balance of the dish (the smokey bacon and cream on the bottom wasn't meshing well with the citrus high notes IMO). The fruity heat of the pepper made the dish enjoyable, but I would try something else next time. We also had the seared foie gras with a chestnut and honey glaze/sauce and cioppolini onions. My wife and I had never had foie gras and decided to splurge. What a treat. And really this one was a wonderful alternative to dessert. The decadent richness of the foie gras and the sweet (but not overly so) sauce worked for us. The wine suggested by our waiter complemented everything (i had a cote d' rhone with the plin and muscles and I don't remember what i had with the foie gras but it was a highlight as well...wish I would have written it down.).

We finished off the next day with breakfast at the Athenian. My wife wanted a "traditional" breakfast with a view of the water. The morning was lovely and clear and the view made up for the poor service. And the Eggs Benedict was actually quite good...not a real traditional Hollindaise (IMO) but quite tasty. And really well prepared hash browns, which can cure a lot of ills. I saved my empty tummy for a couple of hum bow at Mee Sum Pastry (where I proposed to my wife about 6 years ago). These were freshly baked and still had a slight crunch on the outside.....lovely stuff.

All in all, a lovely food trip. The only downer being teh Sultan Bakery had already put away all the baked goods for the day by the time we were driving back over Stevens (best plain cake doughnuts ever).

So a thank you to the forum (I just read old posts..and didn't bother to ask any questions).


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