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Original Canadian Foods? Eh!

What about ketchup chips? And ketchup powder for my popcorn? I just got back from Whistler and I'm already craving the stuff.

Jan 04, 2008
chloevu in General Topics

Help! In need of food recs for Seattle/BC, please!

It may be a little late for me to weigh in, but I wanted to at least voice an opinion about Tamarind Tree. Tamarind Tree feels vaguely like Americanized Vietnamese food, but then again, I grew up with Vietnamese food, so I can be pretty picky about it. Great atmosphere, though, for sure. Green Leaf is a smaller restaurant, but the food is tasty and authentic. I don't know if they take reservations, but it's worth calling ahead if you can. It doesn't have the same atmospheric pizazz as Tamarind Tree but is pretty cozy and cute.

If you want Thai, I always go to Jamjuree on Capitol Hill. Very kid friendly, accommodating to larger groups, and consistently good.

As for Lark, I'm sorry to say you'll probably have to save it for a kid-free trip. And with a group of 7, it's going to get very, very pricey very quickly. The plates are small. Most plates you'd be hard-pressed to stretch among four even when each person only has a nibble.

I haven't been to Portage Bay Cafe, but you can have a good Seattle-y brunch at Cafe Flora. It's another family-friendly place. Kids really like the fountain in the atrium part of the restaurant. Everything is vegetarian or vegan. They start serving brunch at 9am on weekends, so it'd be best if you got there early since they get crazy busy on Sunday.

All the places I've recommended are an easy drive from downtown. Green Leaf is in the International District. Jamjuree is on 15th Ave E. in Capitol Hill. Cafe Flora is on Madison, about two miles East of downtown.

Nov 20, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

Best Chinese barbecue in Seattle?

Thanks, everyone! I knew I could count on fellow chowhounders! It sounds like I have lots of places to try out now. And for the record, I am not a huge fan of char siu, but maybe it's just been awhile since I had a very good sample. I am definitely more preferential to roast pork and duck with that lovely layer of fat and crackling skin. Oh, the memories...

Nov 16, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

Best Chinese barbecue in Seattle?

I'm looking to get some good Chinese-style roast pork and roast duck for takeout tomorrow. I've made a mental note of places I've been meaning to try, but I have run out of time to do taste tests. Can anyone recommend a place that's reliably good and open at least until 6pm?

Nov 15, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Restaurants

I highly recommend Union. I think they're great at showcasing Seattle cuisine. I hear the menu changes daily. I've never been disappointed by a meal there and neither has anyone I've ever recommended the restaurant to.

Nov 01, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

Verve

Things seemed off-kilter when I tried the place last night, although I will admit we came in shortly before their kitchen closed, so maybe they weren't prepared for us. Some things were underseasoned (crab bisque) and others were overseasoned (boar cheek, lemon risotto, crab saute in the crab-three-ways dish). The boeuf bourguignon was just right, though. I was curious about some other items on the menu, but arrived too late to place an order. Keep in mind that although they are open until 10pm on weeknights, the kitchen closes at 9.

Oct 25, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

Late night fooood!

I just got back from SF, where there are some really great late-night dining options. I was pretty jealous about that, so I started doing research, but it seems we are still mostly limited to diner-type options in Seattle. Aside from the greasy spoons, we only have a few mentions. I'll take it upon myself to list a couple that others haven't yet mentioned.

I like Tavolata. Their kitchen is open until 1am, I think. I was there until about 1:30 in the morning about a month ago and there were still people being seated. The food is delectably simple Italian, served family style.

I also like Wann's Izakaya enough. They serve dinner until 11pm or midnight most nights and then do a more limited happy hour menu from 11pm to 2am Thursday through Saturday. Izakayas are Japanese bars that serve "snacks" (small plates). They are all the rage these days, it seems. I heard Umi Sake House is another late-night establishment that does something similar.

I haven't been in awhile, but what about Cremant? They serve rustic French food and serve dinner until 11pm every night of the week.

Saint Germain is small, but they serve tartines (open-faced French sandwiches), salads, and a limited selection of items from the oven until midnight Tuesdays through Thursday and until 2am on Friday and Saturday.

I guess Bleu also serves late, but I haven't ever been.

Oct 22, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

Sydney restaurants that showcase Australian food (modern and traditional)

kmh - You're amazing! I don't know if I've ever received so much information from a message board post! You addressed everything I asked about and in such detail. I can't believe this was your second (or third?) attempt at putting the information up here. I really, really appreciate the time you spent writing this down for me.

I was starting to learn toward staying in Darlinghurst since everything I read about it appeals to me. (Food, shopping, location...) I had read that there are dodgy parts, but that doesn't bother us since we live in a dodgy neighborhood anyway. We had found a good deal on a nicer hotel (nicer than we normally stay at) in the city centre, but haven't settled yet, so we will definitely consider The Kirketon. I appreciate the recommendation!

Hopefully Danks Street Depot or Bird Cow Fish are open on Sunday or Monday. I'm disappointed to hear that Monday is a slow night for food. I hadn't considered that even though we just went to France in May and confronted lots of businesses closed on Sundays! Est is also closed Sundays and Mondays. Maybe we'll get our fancy food fix with Quay or Aria? We like to think we can blend in with whatever kind of crowd if it means we'll get to eat something delicious, but it's for the best that Est is closed because my husband in particular doesn't have much patience for attitude.

We will probably skip Sailor's Thai and Longrain based on your information and will try To's Shop on Monday, I think. We have some Malaysian in Seattle, but I'm not sure how authentic or representative it is. Surely not as authentic as you've got in Oz.

I like to travel very light, so I'm not happy about having to pack for two very different climates, but I really have no choice. Layers it is. I checked the temperature last night after going on a late night walk. Our lows are currently only a bit cooler than Sydney's daytime highs. Incidentally, that's perfect walking weather for me. I much prefer being a little cold to too hot. :)

Jul 09, 2007
chloevu in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney restaurants that showcase Australian food (modern and traditional)

Oh! I'm so sad to hear Tetsuya's isn't open on Sunday or Monday! Naturally, those are the only two days we are in Sydney. We leave Tuesday morning. And my husband and I had already started looking forward to going to Tetsuya's.

But your recommendation of Est is much appreciated, especially if it's better than Tetsuya's! I'll look them up for a booking.

We have lots of Thai food in Seattle, but I'm sure it's different in Sydney, so perhaps we'll have lunch at Sailors Thai one afternoon. I certainly am seeing that name a lot on the boards here.

Thanks for all your recs!

Jul 08, 2007
chloevu in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney restaurants that showcase Australian food (modern and traditional)

Not sure your first post made it up here... Kirketon and Quay, though? I'll put those on my list. Thank you!

Jul 08, 2007
chloevu in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney restaurants that showcase Australian food (modern and traditional)

Thank you for taking the time to put together this "food travel guide"! You really know your town! I look forward to using this list to help dictate our trip. It is definitely a long list, so I guess we'll just have to come back some other time. :)

Jul 08, 2007
chloevu in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney restaurants that showcase Australian food (modern and traditional)

My husband and I will be traveling from Seattle to Australia next Saturday. We're spending most of our time near Darwin, but we have two full days in Sydney at the tail end of our ten-day trip. What restaurants in Sydney would do a great job of showcasing Australian food, both modern and traditional? I read about Bill's for breakfast and am considering Tetsuya's if we can possibly get a reservation with such short notice. (Are they open on Sunday or Monday?) We're both pretty adventurous eaters and have no allergies (that we know of) or restrictions.

Two important things I should mention: First, we haven't yet booked a hotel. (I like to fly by the seat of my pants when I travel!) If there's a part of Sydney with a particularly good concentration of great restaurants, we'd love to hear about it. Second, we haven't decided yet if we'll rent a car. We both enjoy walking and would prefer to use public transportation if possible, so if any restaurants you recommend are particularly difficult to get to without a car, we would appreciate it if you could mention that in your review.

Thanks in advance!

Jul 06, 2007
chloevu in Australia/New Zealand

gourmet weekday lunch place in downtown Bellevue?

Really??? I had no idea! I'll push for Porcella then. Thanks!!

Jun 21, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

Seven Stars Pepper - Still Good?

Yes, it's still good, but service has suffered. They sold to the staff, I believe, so you'll see the same faces as before.

Jun 21, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

Seattle visit june 20-26th. Looking for thumbs up or down on itinerary.

I heartily recommend Rover's and Herbfarm. You should also give Lark a try. With two, you shouldn't wait too long at all. I've heard Matt's in the Market is great, but I've never been.

I'd strongly recommend Union. It's spectacular. My husband can be picky, especially if a meal is expensive, but when I mention "Union", he swoons. Well, I swoon. His eyes get big. I recently steered a friend away from Restaurant Zoe (another that others have recommended), where he'd been before, to Union and his dinner party was very, very pleased. Restaurant Zoe is fine, but Union's great. Given the choice between the two, I'd always choose Union first.

I saw Harvest Vine recommended by a few others. They do Basque tapas (pintxos). They used to be my favorite we-must-go-once-a-month kind of place, but they've been hit-or-miss for me for awhile now. That said, if you've never had Basque food (as done in the Northwest), you should give it a try. They are tiny, though, so definitely make reservations. Harvest Vine and Crush (also good), are in the same vicinity as Rover's. Crush is good. Where Union takes only a few ingredients, Crush takes lots of ingredients and goes for, I think, a similar style of food. For lack of a better word, both are "contemporary Pacific-Northwest". Crush is pretty dependably good, but I think that what they turn out isn't as clearly outstanding as the food at Union.

I also saw Tamarind Tree on people's lists. If you want Vietnamese food, though, I'd recommend GreenLeaf. The restaurant is not as stylized and they don't have the cocktails, but the food is much more authentic and is better prepared. GreenLeaf is still plenty cute, too, but is much smaller/cozier.

Jun 21, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

[SEA] Sante Fe Cafe

Yes, my impression was that the food was heavy and bland, too. I hate when places oversalt, but the food at Santa Fe Cafe could have used at least a little...

Jun 13, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

gourmet weekday lunch place in downtown Bellevue?

It sounds like I really do have to try Pomegranate. :) It's such an unfortunate location, so they must be quite good to have the following that they do. If I can convince my team to head that way, we just might try it, but we're probably going to downtown Bellevue...

Thanks again!

Jun 13, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

gourmet weekday lunch place in downtown Bellevue?

I had forgotten about Chantanee! I love this place. Their crispy garlic chicken is to-die-for!

More upscale is fine, so I like the Yama suggestion. I'll read up.

I've driven by Pomegranate and read lots of good things about them. I keep meaning to try them, but I so rarely head that way. We were thinking of heading to downtown Bellevue, though, so maybe Pomegranate will have to wait.

Thanks for the suggestions!

Jun 13, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

gourmet weekday lunch place in downtown Bellevue?

I'm not sure we'll do Daniel's just because we've got a number of vegetarians and others who don't eat beef. Someone else mentioned SeaStar to me recently. I read the reviews, but it didn't sound that great. It seems like you'd agree with those reviews. :)

I'll read up on Bis on Main.

Thanks for the tips!

Jun 13, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

Vegetarian recs for Seattle and Portland

I highly recommend Cafe Flora for brunch, especially if you eat eggs. It's walkable from Capitol Hill and will give you some exercise on the uphill trek on the way back to wherever you're staying downtown. :)

I would also recommend you try Osteria La Spiga on 12th in the Pike/Pine Corridor area of Capitol Hill. They have some excellent pasta and appetizer options for you and have a spectacular diningroom to boot.

Jun 07, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

[SEA] Sante Fe Cafe

A friend of mine took us there a few months ago because he and his girlfriend like the place. Of the things I tried, the artichoke dip was by far the best, but I couldn't figure out what, if anything, was New Mexican about it. Another friend had what she always has: the blue cheese quiche. She liked her dish as usual, but I resisted the temptation to order it because I didn't think it would be representative of New Mexican cuisine and that's what I was there to try. I should have ignored my own nagging feelings because I had the tamales and was pretty disappointed. There was no flavor in the tamales. The meat was too dry and I can't remember anything at all about the sauce now that I think about it. I forget what my husband had, but I remember he kept commenting on a distinctly fishy flavor in his non-fish dish...

Jun 07, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

gourmet weekday lunch place in downtown Bellevue?

I've been tasked with finding a lunch place for a team event. The majority of us are prettily heavily invested in what we eat and all have strong opinions about what restaurants we like...in Seattle. But, we work together in Redmond and are thinking of heading to downtown Bellevue for lunch. I had thought we'd get our kicks at Porcella's Urban Market, but it's more of a deli anyhow and too small to accommodate the number we'll have besides (approximately 10). There's always Mediterranean Kitchen, but I was hoping someone here might have another suggestion, preferably some "secret" find that even the most jaded palates would enjoy! Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Jun 07, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest

Seattle - dining w/ a pre-schooler at Harvest Vine?

I've seen small children, even babies at Harvest Vine. I believe they even have a high chair by the front door that they keep on-hand to accommodate the little ones. If you go early, even if you order throughout the meal, you should be able to get out in 2 hours. However, keep in mind that the tables are tiny. The table will be more than overflowing with food and drinks at any given time, so don't count on room for a coloring book!

I saw that someone suggested Crush. That might be a good idea, too, although it's a rather stark and more formal atmosphere as compared with homey Harvest Vine.

Jun 07, 2007
chloevu in Pacific Northwest