Sashimi galore

I’m surprised I haven’t written about this place on my blog yet! My favorite place to grab some really tasty, quality, well worth your money sushi is at Musashi. They started with one location in Wallingford on 45th, a few blocks from Molly Moon’s. They opened a second location a couple of years ago in Factoria.

Atmosphere: In Wallingford, it’s very tiny! You could probably fit about 30 people at one time. Large groups are hard to accommodate so I would probably go with a max party of 4. The Factoria location is maybe a little bit bigger. The wait time there is much shorter compared to Wallingford.

Pricing: Chirashi bowl is priced at $14.50. You can’t beat that! They also have traditional rolls like california, spicy tuna, salmon, etc for $4 on average. They keep it very simple.

Service: The host at the Wallingford location is always really nice and polite to me. It’s always the same guy who seems to be the host. I remember when I ordered to go one time during the winter, I told him I would wait outside and he said it’s fine to wait right here because my order was almost done. It’s a really small and cramped restaurant so I was a little surprised when he said that.

Food:
IMG_3813I know it’s only one picture for this post, but this really is, in my opinion, the only thing worth going for! They give you four plentiful pieces of salmon, tuna, yellowtail, and albacore EACH. They also give you a slice of shrimp, unagi (DELICIOUS), and scallops. My favorite hands down is the salmon. Look at the ribbed fattiness of the salmon! It’s so juicy and delectable. The texture couldn’t be more perfect.

Overall: As you can tell, I really like this place! Some tips: cash or check only! If you want to skip the wait, I suggest calling in your order to go. Lastly, you can modify your chirashi bowl to your liking. I have gotten salmon and unagi only. My friends have gotten all salmon. It’s all the same price! They are also closed Sunday and Monday. I’m really happy they opened a second location because it’s close to my home home :) Happy eating!

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A place for food, drinks and shuffleboard

A group of my friends and I went to Brave Horse Tavern in South Lake Union to catch up and hang out. I know I’ve blogged about this place before, but there are are so many new items on the menu that I had yet to try.

Atmosphere: This is a 21+ establishment, so sorry kiddos! It’s upstairs from Cuoco, another Tom Douglas restaurant. If you didn’t already know, there are quite a few Tom Douglas restaurants grouped near each other. Serious Biscuit/Pie is a block down the road. There are a ton of picnic tables that makes it nice for large parties. There are also two shuffleboards in the center of the room. Spacious area with an outdoorsy feel. They also have seating outdoors, which is nice for summer days!

Pricing: Pretty average pricing. Burgers start from $6 and go to $10. They also feature a weekly burger on the front of their menu. They have a bunch of other things like snacks (pretzels, corn dogs, clams, wings, etc.) for about $5-$10. They have quite a variety on their menu, just FYI (sandwiches, different types of plates, desserts, etc)!

Service: I would also say this is average, nothing spectacular that stood out for me.

Food:
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Bratwurst plate with mustard seeds, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes. This was about $12. It looked kind of small but I was definitely full by the end.

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This is one of their standard burgers for $6.50 with iceburg lettuce, smoky burger sauce, pickle, and cheese. You can add on whatever you like to this standard!

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Summer BBQ plate with fried potato croquettes, a sausage link, smoked chicken thigh, and collard greens for $14.

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Since we went on a Sunday, I got their Sunday fried chicken dinner that comes with 3 pieces of buttermilk chicken, scallop potatoes….

IMG_0518..a Bread roll, bacon salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, and corn. They always rotate their 3 sides along with the fried chicken. All for $14. I definitely could not finish this and had left overs. It’s a really good deal for the price. Plus, they have all day happy hour on Sunday!

Overall: I think it’s a nice place to get some food and hang out with friends. They have a ton of beers, lots of space, and it’s easy to find parking. Their menu always changes so some of the things featured on this blog probably isn’t on their menu anymore. This is what makes you want to come back :) They also have brunch going on.

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Poke poke poke – Sam Choy’s Poke!

I first tried Sam Choy’s at the Mobile Food Truck Rodeo in Capitol Hill. The line was incredibly long! I don’t know if I would go to another food truck festival for that reason. However, I follow them on Twitter @Samchoyspoke to get updates on their whereabouts because I know the line will definitely not be as long. Sooo I went to Sam Choy’s for lunch with a friend when they were at SLU one day. There was no line and it was much less of a hassle to get some poke. Ps. They also now have two trucks now!

Atmosphere: The truck is a nice bright shade of green. Very easy to spot! You definitely get that island vibe from the palm trees and waves painted on it.

Pricing:  A little expensive in my opinion. Dishes range from $8-$13.

Service: Pretty nice people! The food came pretty quick when I was at SLU. It took a while at the food truck festival, which is understandable. I think they were also new to the scene so there were some kinks they were still working out. For example, they had to let the rice cook for the next batch of poke bowls (which took about 20 mins).

Food:
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Spicy salmon poke rice bowl! The day I tried this was at SLU. A little bit too spicy for me actually.. so I was kind of dying. They give you a lot of rice and a decent amount of fish. This was $11, not including tax.

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This was at the food truck festival. Tuna poke salad. I felt like they gave even more fish this day. Very fresh (and not spicy!). However, it was a whopping $13 :/

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Food truck design!

Overall: They have other things besides poke like katsu, loco moco, sandwiches and wraps. I would definitely come back to try their katsu. I also hear their spam musubis are a hit and they usually sell out quick. I would definitely recommend checking their site or Twitter for updates about their locations!

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Seattle Restaurant Week Part 4

My last stop throughout the 2 weeks of Restaurant Week was at Poppy located in Capitol Hill. I’ve always passed by this restaurant and it looked quite trendy and crowded, but never really got the chance to try it. I saw it on the list for SRW so I thought.. here’s my chance!! I went with three friends so be prepared for a lot of pictures :)

Atmosphere: Upon walking into the restaurant, it was much more bigger than I expected! It’s a spacious restaurant that has a lot of seating. It looks like it can accommodate large parties and also has a bar area. They have draperies near the tables located at the windows to separate tables for extra privacy. I think it’s a brilliant idea to use them as decor and as a divider.

Pricing: DInner is 3 entrees for $28.

Service: Our waiter was really nice and helpful. He had great recommendations and everyone was pretty happy with their food. All of the waiters were knowledgable of the food. They described each dish to us as the food came out.

Food:
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1st appetizer - Grilled beef tongue with sweet onion, currant, and parsley. I’ve never had beef tongue before and this was delicious! Grilled to perfection and not that gamey either.

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2nd appetizer - Smoked trout with salsa verde and fennel salad. The trout was really flaky and went really well with the salad. It was a pretty large portion for just an appetizer!

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3rd appetizer – Poached oysters with sorrel sauce and bacon. This was another really delicious appetizer! I love oysters and I love bacon, so this was a great dish for me. I would say I liked this one better than the trout.

IMG_04764th appetizer – Warmed smoked potato, fried chickpea and beet salad. I only had a taste of this but this was probably my least favorite of all of the appetizers. I’m not a huge fan of beets but my friend said it was pretty good!

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Entree – This is what all of the entrees basically looked like. This is called a thali. Poppy defined thali as “a round tray on which a variety of small dishes are served, all at once to each guest.” The one that I got had a main dish which was ricotta gnudi with nettles, lovage, and maitake mushrooms. The side dishes were cauliflower – almond soup with harissa, radish and charred scallion salad, asparagus with ginger and peanut, fiddleheads with fingerlings and ajwain, carrot and beet green pickle (I didn’t really like this side dish), and nigella-poppy naan (delicious!). Overall, the side dishes were pretty tasty except for a one. I just wish there was some type of sauce to dip with the naan. I also thoroughly enjoyed my main dish. My friend got the roast pork and that was by far the most delectable! It was so tender, juicy, soft, and everything you could hope for in a piece of meat.

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This super cute fiddlehead!

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1st Dessert – Hot date cake with butterscotch, pecans and toffee ice cream. The combo of flavors made this a really great dessert. I discovered that I actually don’t really like dates. However, my friend said that this was his favorite dessert!

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2nd dessert – Hands down, this was definitely my favorite desser! This is the japanese cheesecake with passion fruit sabayon and matcha crumble. DELICIOUS.

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3rd dessert – Cinnamon caramel ice cream with roasted rhubarb. I thought this was also very tasty, but my favorite was the Japanese cheesecake.

Overall: I really liked this restaurant! It’s much different than your typical Indian restaurant. They use seasonal, local ingredients including spices and herbs that you can tell are really fresh. Normally, their thali is around ~$27, so SRW was such a great deal. They’re known for their eggplant fries, but I didn’t get a chance to try those. I would definitely come back to try another thali and the fries. I’d hold off for an occasion because it’s a little too pricy for me (I’m a poor college student). They also seem to be quite vegetarian friendly!

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