Posts Tagged ‘seattle restaurant’

Why is it that I find such a fab restaurant on my second last day in Seattle?! Shaker + Spear is all about seafood paired simply with fresh and regional ingredients; exactly my kind of place. My sage arctic char with cauliflower, polenta and tapenade looks so beautifully and tastes even better! I’m making a mental note to come back here on my next trip.


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Because I always have a good appetite (I eat more than K, ask him!), I’ve never felt that I can’t handle the stereotypical huge “American portions”. Until today at El Camion, where the portions are monstrous!! Shrimp ceviche on tostada shells sounds innocent enough but omg, it’s too much!!


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I was planning to have dinner at Thackeray Cafe & Bar but they were serving a happy hour menu as well #score

Don’t be shocked by the number of plates on my table; the portions are small and manageable! In fact, I can probably eat much more because I really like all the “tapas” — hummus, kashke bademjan (similar to baba ganoush), charred broccoli with lemon-anchovy dressing, and spiced cauliflower with lemon yogurt. This place is a keeper!


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Have you ever had one of those “wow, I’m gonna try to replicate this at home!” moments when you eat something simple yet so good at a restaurant? That’s what I feel for the warm cauliflower and kale salad from The Carlile Room. Generous shreds of parmesan, fried cubes of chickpea croutons, addictive black garlic caesar on the side, this is one salad which I can eat everyday! By the way, I won’t be recreating this since I don’t cook ha #justsaying


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Other than Cafe Flora, Plum Bistro is another well-regarded vegetarian restaurant in Seattle. I prefer the former though; my order of pan seared creole tempeh with wilted collard salad is not exceptional and the celery root puree is strangely cold hmm.


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There are crab cakes and there are real crab cakes. The Dungeness crab cakes from Dahlia Lounge are incredible. Two hefty pieces of crab cakes (each about the size of my palm) without nonsense potato fillers and paired with curried cauliflower make a substantial meal, something I can never find in Singapore! Definitely one of my best meals in Seattle. And yes, this is another one of Tom Douglas’ restaurants!


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2 things I learn today:

1. Tom Douglas is a famous chef with multiple restaurants in Seattle and Serious Pie is one of them.
2. Pizza joints don’t provide bags for takeaway pizza boxes.

I learnt #2 the hard way when I realized that we ordered wayyyyy too many pizza for our happy hour. Imagine 2 girls carrying 10 boxes (!) of pizza plus bottles of wines and walking back to our office from the restaurant, that’s us #powergirls

After the hard work, pizza sounds like a good idea even though I’m not a pizza fan. These are admittedly good with a crusty base and solid toppings; the roasted mushrooms with truffle cheese is my favourite!

serious pie

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Served Maine (mayo), Connecticut (butter) or New England Style (mayo, celery, and chive), the lobster roll at Bar Harbor is so fresh and tasty. Same goes for the Dungeness crab stuffed eggs! You know this is legit when someone who grew up in Maine and knows his lobster rolls gave a thumb up too.

lobster roll

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Mbar belongs to the Mamnoon Restaurant family so I already know I will like this place! Most people come for the rooftop bar and I’m the weird one who doesn’t care much for that. I’m only interested in food! You probably can’t tell from the photo, but that’s grilled trout with avocado, sumac, labneh and fenugreek (a type of herb). The thin fillets are practically melt-in-the-mouth soft, so good!


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I didn’t expect to have Thai food in Seattle but never say never. A colleague and his wife kindly invited us to dinner at Pung Kang Noodle Place because they are going to move to Tokyo too so it’s a good bonding session. If you are wondering what’s underneath the broccoli and capsicums, it’s fried salmon curry! Too sweet and I should have asked for extra extra spicy ha.


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