Lunch 4/18/2014: Sun Sui Wah, 3888 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Shared: Har gow (prawn dumplings), pork and shrimp shumai, soya sauce chow mein, barbecue pork buns, cheong fun (shrimp rice roll), lo bak go (turnip cake), and dan tat (mini egg tarts).
The fiance’s first time here, and my second time. I was last here in 2008, and I hoped that it would still be as good as I remembered… and it was. We LOVED the har gow (prawn dumpling): so, so plump and juicy. The ones we ate regularly in NYC were maybe 2/3 the size of the dumplings served here. Same with the shumai… incredibly meaty. Barbecue pork buns were pillowy soft. The shell of the egg tarts was very flaky and buttery and the filling just melted in your mouth (the fiance could easily clean a few plates of these off, since they’re his favorite part of dim sum). The chow mein, shrimp rice roll, and turnip cake were all good, too, but nothing really differentiated them from other dim sum places.
Dinner 4/17/2014: Pagliacci Pizza, 13005 NE 70th Place, Kirkland, WA
Shared: Bacon leek, Salumi’s spicy pepperoni, and Brooklyn Bridge slices.
Wow, were we pleasantly surprised. First of all, the bacon leek slice was a-ma-zing. You couldn’t even miss the sauce with all of the flavors from the white cheddar, mozzarella, breadcrumbs, arugula, and of course, the bacon and leek. If reading those words don’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will.
The other two slices were great, too, but since we both started the meal with the bacon leek slices, I guess you can say the other two were “disappointing” in comparison. Both still very good, but not as unique-tasting. Brooklyn Bridge is basically Pagliacci’s supreme. Love that their pepperoni slice uses Salumi’s meat. Will definitely return.
Dinner 4/16/2014: Stone Korean Restaurant, 16957 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA
Shared: Kimchi pancake.
Me: Seafood soondubu.
The fiance: Dolsot bibimbap.
Back again, and it was as great as the first time. Rice perfectly crispy in the dolsot bibimbap. Soondubu (tofu stew) was extremely hearty, filled with super-soft tofu chunks, prawns, and clams. The slightly spicy kimchi pancake was the perfect complement to our dishes.
Dinner 4/14/2014: Ooba Tooba Mexican Grill, 15802 NE 83rd Street, Redmond, WA
Shared: Chips and guac.
Me: Beef tinga tostada.
The fiance: Grilled chicken fajitas.
Solid local Mexican “chain” that serves up all the standards. Everything tasted fresh and nothing lacked in flavor. But why must all Mexican restaurants give so much less guac than they do chips? Nevertheless, the meal hit the spot and we’re curious in trying their tacos, burritos, and other dishes.
Afternoon snack 4/12/2014: Tiko Riko, 10410 Greenwood Avenue N, Seattle
Shared: Spinach and cheese, cheese and loroco, and revuelta (cheese, bean, and pork) pupusas.
A traditional Salvadoran dish that is much more filling than it looks. Flavors of the spinach and cheese and the cheese and loroco (an edible flower) were pleasantly mild. The revuelta was the tastiest and our favorite of the three (and I don’t even like beans!).
Dinner 4/11/2014: Phoenicia, 2716 Alki Avenue SW, Seattle
Shared: Trio of spreads (hummus, baba ghanoush, and labneh).
Me: Prosciutto de Parma pizza.
The fiance: Fiery lamb and chevre pizza.
Delicious pizzas here made with a chewy-crispy dough. The prosciutto pizza was solid, but the real tasty star was the fiery lamb and chevre. It had a bit of a kick, thanks to Mama Lil’s Peppers and some spicy green chili oil.
Lunch 4/10/2014: Pike Place Chowder, 1530 Post Alley, Seattle
1/2 Dungeness crab roll + New England clam chowder combo.
My third time here and their chowder is still my favorite, seasoned well and packed with plenty of clam meat. The roll was good, too, but the stringy texture and subtle flavors made me miss the awesomely meaty lobster rolls back east.
Dinner 4/7/2014: Spicy Talk Bistro, 16650 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA
Shared: Green onion pancake.
Me: Seafood crispy noodle.
The fiance: Sizzling beef Szechuan style.
Mmmmmm. This might be our favorite Chinese restaurant in the area so far. Huge portions, big flavor, and very spicy (for the beef dish). The scallion pancake was perfection: not greasy and oh-so-light and crisp. $3.95 pancake, $12.99 seafood crispy noodle, $13.95 sizzling beef.