Last week I spend 5 days with friends from Italy eating and exploring. Restaurants to try:
Hakkasan–located in the Fontainebleau Hotel
Hakkasan is an exciting new Asian theme dining experience. the food was wonderful, interesting, and the presentation was great. Everything about the restaurant invites you to enjoy an adventure in dining. 1-786-276-1388.
CASA TUA—Special Italian restaurant across from the new Symphony hall. The food was excelent, service was right on. they were very busy but nothing was to much to ask. We ate inside but the out side tables were beautiful and very romantic with all the low light and candles. It is expensive but worth the cost. 1-305-673-1010 make reservations in advance.
DB Bistro–Daniel Boulud just opened this beautiful space a few months ago. The rooms were a soft coral color, easy to talk and very upscale service. Menu had so may good choices and even the starters were fine to share. Reserve ahead: 1-305-421-8800
MICHAEL’S GENUINE—Went back for lunch after a great dinner last year. Michael still pleases with a great menu and lots of energy. The tomatoes are always a must any way they serve them. We had the flatbread with mushrooms and a tomato beet salad. Since we do not have tomatoes at this time of year in Seattle it was an extra special treat. Michael’s book comes out this next month so look for it. michaelsgenuine.com 1-305-573-5550
Din Tai Fung dumpling House in Seattle, Washington
The wait is worth the time. Last week I had the opportunity to have lunch at the new dumpling house in Bellevue, Washington. Din Tai Fung is famous in Asia but new to the United States. The first location was in L.A. and now with the energy of David Yang Wasielewski we are blessed with the true dumpling and noodles not before seen in this area.
Each dumpling is hand made by a team of trained masters. As you approach the restaurant you see more than 20 men making each dumpling by hand. Each piece of dough is made fresh, cut and then assembled with a different filling. The real trick is the small bit of liquid that bursts in your mouth when you take the first bite.
The dumplings arrive at your table steaming hot, you mix the black vinegar, soy sauce and fresh grated ginger, then a quick dip of the dumpling and you are ready for the first taste. something you will remember always. Your waiter will take the dumplings and warm them if you let them cool as you try the many other offerings.
The seaweed and thin slices of tofu salad is a must. There are many noodle offerings each with a rich broth and fresh made noodles. Don’t miss the greenbeans or other fresh vegetables, along with perfect steamed hum bow.
You will leave with a great memory of each perfect taste and already be planning for your return.
www.dintaifungusa.com, phone number is 425 698-1095 , across from Bellevue Square on the second floor next to the sky bridge from the Hyatt Hotel.