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Okonomiyaki

Does anyone know what days they serve okonomiyaki at the Uwajimaya in the International District?

Jul 16, 2015
edub in Greater Seattle

Roselle leaves (Hibiscus sabdariffa/H. cannabinus) in SEA?

Oh, awesome, thanks, dagoose! I'm also planning to do a blog write-up of my food tour, but will try to hit some different places than where you went. I'm so interested in the Cambodian-owned, Burmese-goods-carrying store. Thanks again!

Jul 16, 2015
edub in Greater Seattle

Roselle leaves (Hibiscus sabdariffa/H. cannabinus) in SEA?

I would also love to know more about markets and eateries in Kent - especially Russian, Fijian and more unusual places!

Jul 16, 2015
edub in Greater Seattle

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

Cool. I hear they have amazing cocktails too.

For inventive food, how do you like Gastropod?

Jul 12, 2015
edub in Greater Seattle

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

Venice, I was considering Rock Creek for brunch, not sure why I didn't have it on the dinner list. I have a reservation for Joule brunch one day.

Sitka is a great lunch idea, thank you. I have a few more days without husband when I'm thinking about oyster happy hours (he doesn't eat them) as well as authentic international foods.

Jul 12, 2015
edub in Greater Seattle

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

Looks like Canlis is no longer an option - no reservations the whole weekend. I do already have a reservation at Lark in case I cancel Westward.

Jul 11, 2015
edub in Greater Seattle

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

I want to thank everyone for the information and great suggestions - thanks, really, it's much appreciated.

Right now I have a three-night plan - we thought instead of going for broke we'd pick three nice places and bump up to tasting at at least one of them, maybe more. First night, the Whale Wins; second night, Altura; third night, Westward. Altura is definitely a keeper both per your suggestions and because the husband loves Italian (one of our top meals ever was Babbo in NYC, if that's any indication). Are Whale and Westward too similar to each other? I know they both get a lot of love from the major food pubs but haven't seen too much about Westward on this blog. I'd like at least one night to be beautiful delicious plates of Pacific NW food.

From what I'm reading, one of those might be worth replacing with Lark or even Canlis.

Jul 11, 2015
edub in Greater Seattle

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

Very cool, mlbartender. Thanks so much for the info.

Jul 11, 2015
edub in Greater Seattle
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Laotian or Cambodian in DC area ?

Thanks, Steve. How about Cambodian?

Laotian or Cambodian in DC area ?

Bumping this thread from almost 10 years ago! Any updates?

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

Thanks for this mlbartender and to all the other responses on the thread. I was thinking stuffy about the food first and foremost. My read on the menu was a NW steakhouse. And I had read other commentary that gave me the feeling that the decor and atmosphere was stuffy as well. Good to hear otherwise.

Jul 09, 2015
edub in Greater Seattle
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Ottawa with kids

I thought I'd do a quick write-up of our recent two day trip in Ottawa. We honestly didn't focus on food because of the kids, but I thought this (and the companion piece I'll put up on the Montreal board) could be helpful to others.

We were in Ottawa in late June for the women's world cup. To supplement breakfast we picked up blueberries to munch on as we walked to an attraction, which can be helpful when trying to get some healthy things into your kids on a vacation. We did one lunch at ByWard market, a combination of pizza and sushi choices from the covered part of the market. Everything was fine if unremarkable. For more adventurous kids there are Indian and other choices in the market.

The first evening we went to Zak's in the ByWard environs. A good choice with kids, they had a unique light grilled cheese that I enjoyed and excellent onion rings. The area is full of restaurants with outdoor seating that seemed lively and congenial, but with kids, a diner with free crayons and drawable paper place mat was the ticket.

Clearly we made several stops for beavertails. There is not a kid alive who wouldn't enjoy these butter-and-sugar dripping concoctions. Try to steer your kid towards the classic rather than those dripping in chocolate. Not only are the latter option over the top, but they have to be folded or eaten with a fork, and you can't get a cute picture of them holding up the beaver tail before chowing down.

Another place that looked like tons of fun was near the stadium, where we watched the game. We got a very serviceable meal at Whole Foods, but we loved the open pedestrian zones surrounding the stadium, particularly one bar with a bocce pitch where the kids played until they got kicked out. A sweet little farmer's market right there as well.

I wish we had more true foodie experiences to report, but we'll save that for another, older, trip!

Jul 04, 2015
edub in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

That should read 10th anniversary not 19th - by the 19th aniversary we'll be eating saltines and praying we can scrape together next semester's tuition payments.

Jul 04, 2015
edub in Greater Seattle

10th anniversay - not Canlis or Herb Farm

Hi Hounds,

Coming to Seattle for our 19th anniversary trip and looking for a special pla to eat. We don't mind expensive but we don't do stuffy - hence, the removal of Canlis and Herb Farm. We'd love a special atmosphere - I was all anout the canapes in the garden at Herb Farm, just put off by the kitchsy decor and reports of hard selling on their store products. Love tasting menus and seafood but we can also be happy at an upsacle small plates restaurant where we can make our own tasting menu. Good wine list would make our day!

Thanks!

Jul 04, 2015
edub in Greater Seattle

Trip report - Momofuku Ko, Batard, Manzo, tacos!

Not Drew Nierpont (sp?) - but another guy who was listed on the web site as either a partner or managing director or something. Very tall, youngish but with white/grey hair. I have a lot of appreciation for a restaurant where the top brass is hands on, fwiw.

May 04, 2015
edub in Manhattan

Trip report - Momofuku Ko, Batard, Manzo, tacos!

We just got back from a scrumptious New York trip. Spectacular dinner - top three meals ever - at Momofuku. Everything here is spot-on, from flavor to décor to service to tableware to location. We did the wine pairings and I can't imagine not doing it. The combination of the uni and the sake was magical. The razor clam with pineapple and basil was magical. One of my favorites was the majorly simple mackerel dashi with mushroom and pear, made from the drain-off from cooking a previous mackerel course. The orecchiette with octopus was tantalizing, with a texture to the pasta I'd die to replicate. Without a doubt the most magnificent course was the duck - I have no idea how they got the skin so crispy and the meat so tender. We watched them grilling the breasts in the central open kitchen and I still don't know how they did it. The shaved foie gras converted my husband into a foie-gras lover (or at least liker). I just can't say enough about the meal and the evening. The wine pairing is honestly a bargain given the quality of the wines we were tasting. Beautiful experience.

We had lunch at Gramercy Tavern and were saddened that the off-menu burger was not available (the buns had not turned out well in that morning's baking, we were told). Husband loved the carrot soup and lamb sandwich special. I enjoyed the bouillabase like soup of calamari and mussels in lobster broth, with toasted bread spread with garlic aoli. We both agree we'd put this high on the list for a prix-fixe dinner on a future trip.

Dinner was Batard. We were shown to a small banquette where we could sit cozily side by side instead of opposite each other, quite private from the other diners. The seating may have been the highlight of the evening. I had the sweetbreads, which I liked, with a sweet lemon sauce, and my husband had the famous pastrami octopus. I took a bite and the smoke was completely overpowering, from first taste to the last swallow. Husband got the green pea tortellini - all 5 of them! Nice but nothing special. I ordered the duck, intrigued by the description of marzipan as one of the ingredients in addition to cherry. It was nicely cooked and rosy, but I was shocked to bite into one cherry - just one - and find it filled with marzipan. It was sweeter than dessert, and just so uneven. Maybe it wasn't fair to put this duck in a head to head with last night's duck at Momofuku, but it was no contest. My husband took the upcharge for the veal and we when we looked at the plate we both said, Culinary school 101! It was veal wrapped in pastry with a little spinach or bok choy. The pastry only played up the blandness of the veal. The sauce didn't do much to wake it up, either. We also waited a good 25 minutes for the main course. We weren't inspired to try dessert. The décor is very plain and the volume is very LOUD. We saw one of the owners moving chairs and seating people, and he was grimly involved in all those procedures. He somberly bid us good night, and I looked at my husband and said, You know what? None of that was *fun*. That kind of summed it up for us.

On Saturday we were delighted to attend the Thrillist Taco Knockout. Y'all, this was SO much fun. A whole bunch of taco places competed to be top taco and we got uunlimited tastings. It was on the beautifully decorated patio of the Hudson hotel with unlimited beer, guac and other yummies. I can't find a list of all the taco providers but I will post later when I find it.

That night, we were a bit stuffed from the tacos so we opted for lighter options at Manzo. The beef tartare was quite good, elevated by a black truffle sauce. The octopus with salsa verde was also very good - I said, They must be very confident to serve the octopus with just a butter knife, and the confidence was well-founded. Very nicely cooked and lovely roasted peppers along with the flavorful sauce. I was let down by the pastas, which I had heard were on a par with Babbo: they were not. My agnolotti were served with a veal reduction that was one note, but I was more let down by the very al dente texture. I get that some people like that, but to me the dish lacked all the lushness and lusciousness of Babbo's pasta. Same with my husband's pappardelle with goat shoulder - very al dente, one note sauce. We skipped dessert (very basic choices) so that we could get some choices from Eataly's pastry bar and we were not disappointed (an ethereal confection of almond cream with an oozing bittersweet chocolate center). It was a good to very good meal.

May 03, 2015
edub in Manhattan
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Babbo or like Babbo

So I'll also say one more thing and then stop, since I didn't ask for these opinions, but respect the information and point of view you're giving me. OpenTable does in fact let you make two reservations for the same night on one account. They have to have a certain window between them - 2.5 hours or maybe 3 hours. We have often - and maybe will this evening - used that method to do a progressive dinner, where we eat one course at one restaurant, another course at another, and so on. I think I simply have a different perspective than you. I'm a consumer, and a restaurant is a provider. They can restrict their product in any way they see fit. Hey, one of these restaurants can see my posting about multiple reservations and go ahead and cancel my reservations, since I'm a risk. Or they can ban me from Open Table. Whatever; my point is that if this behavior is truly odious to them and unacceptable from a business standpoint, they have options. I also think Babbo would survive losing my business at 11pm if they instead received it at 7pm. That leaves only one restaurant that might receive a last minute cancellation.

I'll let you all know if I'm summarily banned from the Batali empire, Italian restaurants in general and/or from OpenTable in perpetuity!

Apr 28, 2015
edub in Manhattan

Babbo or like Babbo

Right, but what I'm saying is, all restaurants have the option to require a credit card and a certain window for cancellations. If they don't choose to practice it, then they must have a reason - they think they can fill it anyways, or they're willing to take the risk in order to attract more potential diners through reservations. In many cases, I'm sure they overbook their reservations - all the times I've waited oodles of time for a table I'd reserved, for instance, would point to that fact. But if it's a problem by all means they should require the credit card number - it's their choice to set their own standards. Free markets and all that. Thanks for your thoughts!

Apr 28, 2015
edub in Manhattan

Babbo or like Babbo

I guess I disagree with you, sgordon. We are still deciding at this point about whether to go to Lincoln or stay downtown. We'll cancel that one before long if we go with downtown. There are still reservations open for 11pm at Babbo and 8:45pm at Manzo. If we cancel both our reservations at 7:30pm when we get seated at Babbo, then other drop-ins at those restaurants will benefit. Who is to say that other people aren't also holding reservations right now at Babbo and Maialino that they don't intend to keep? If I could get an earlier reservation at Babbo right now, I'd cancel my other reservations. If restaurants and OpenTable really frowned upon the practice, wouldn't they require that you cancel the reservation within a set time frame? And some reservations do require a credit card and as a no-show you would be charged.

Just my 2 cents. Thanks for your opinions!

Apr 28, 2015
edub in Manhattan

Babbo or like Babbo

I wanted to thank everybody for their contributions to this lively discussion (and please, keep them coming!)

For those of you who are interested here's the current plan of action:
- stop by Babbo early-ish (7 or 7:30p) to see if we can get one of those famous drop-in tables ("1 in 4 diners is a drop-in!")
- stroll up to Maialino and see if they have a bar seat
- if that fails, we have a 8:45p at Manzo
- if ALL that fails - meaning, we are going to the taco throwdown starting at 2pm and could potentially eat and drink ourselves silly and take a long late afternoon nap - we might actually cash in on our 11pm reservations!

We do also have an 8p at Lincoln that we're considering ... we just love the atmosphere of downtown so we might prefer to dine there so we can also wander after. But it sounds like we can't really fail at great Italian with a heavy fresh pasta accent if we dine at one of these four places! Thanks, Chowhound - you're the best!

Apr 28, 2015
edub in Manhattan

Babbo or like Babbo

OMG WHERE can you get a sandwich tasting menu?! I want to go to there!!!

Apr 28, 2015
edub in Manhattan

gramercy tavern - tavern wait?

Yum... I'm completely torn between the duck confit and the burger. Has anyone had the calamari in lobster broth? How about the sunchoke salad app?

Apr 28, 2015
edub in Manhattan

Babbo or like Babbo

Thanks sgordon! I have an 11pm reservation on Friday night, but that's a little late for us (considering that we're normally in bed at 9:30pm!) We're going to hang on to it while we look at other options (like Lincoln and Manzo).

Apr 27, 2015
edub in Manhattan

Babbo or like Babbo

Ooooh, and they have a pasta tasting menu. I want to go to there.

Apr 27, 2015
edub in Manhattan

Babbo or like Babbo

Thoughts on Perla? I know the chef just left.

Apr 26, 2015
edub in Manhattan

Babbo or like Babbo

Thanks so much - yes it's soon, next weekend. Managed to get a prime time Batard reservation for Friday just last night so I'm being optimistic! Thanks for the rec on Lincoln, going to look into it. Loved Marea but we've done that; I just didn't love all the courses and the atmosphere as much as Babbo.

Apr 26, 2015
edub in Manhattan

Babbo or like Babbo

Maialino looks great although no reservations available during our time window. But looks like full dinner menu at the bar. We have a Osteria Morini here in DC so would probably not go there first. I've never had Venetian so All'onda looks tempting - do you like their pastas?

Apr 26, 2015
edub in Manhattan

Babbo or like Babbo

What do people think about Aurora? I've done some research on the board and it seems to get love. We want to stay downtown, and we want delicious fresh pasta above meats etc. Thanks again!

Apr 26, 2015
edub in Manhattan

Babbo or like Babbo

Thanks, we've actually been to Marea, delicious but not the full package the way Babbo is. Kathryn, I looked at lunch, but we only have Saturday open, when we were hoping to go to Smorgasburg ...

Apr 25, 2015
edub in Manhattan

gramercy tavern - tavern wait?

Thanks! What did you get?

Apr 25, 2015
edub in Manhattan