Taste of Home

2 Apr

I celebrated a special birthday the other week at Palisade. It was my first time there, but overall the experience was excellent; aside from the gorgeous views of Elliot Bay and the Seattle skyline, the attentive and friendly service, and the warm atmosphere, I almost felt like I was home for a moment or two. First off, the menu is Pacific-inspired – that is, the dishes incorporate ingredients from around the Pacific rim and Northwest. Items on the menu such as Seared Ahi (pictured below), Dungeness Crab Stuffed Mahi Mahi, Applewood Grilled Chinook, and Macadamia Nut Chicken allude to the flavors and foods of the regions. I was reminded of Alan Wong’s restaurant – my favorite place to celebrate when I’m home.

The seared ahi I shared was part of a trio of ahi appetizers (pupus) including Ahi Poke and Spicy Ahi Tostada (second picture) – yum yum! The poke brought back images of potlucks back home – family and friends gathered for a picnic at the beach, tako and ahi poke accompanying the boiled peanuts and other snackies. Of course the food at Palisade was more deluxe, but savoring each bite seemed to evoke the nostalgia of home. Even the physical menu itself had some Hawaiian print patterns on it….

Well, back to the meal…I very much enjoyed the rest of dinner, including my caesar salad, king salmon, sample bites of the wagyu steak and prawns, and of course, dessert. The chocolate mousse cake was so very rich, but I balanced the intensity with some bites of delicious fruit sorbet. For a moment, I was again brought home after tasting the guava-passionfruit sorbet, which reminded me of POG (passion orange guava), a favorite drink back home : )

All in all, I had a wonderful evening of eating and celebrating (and reminiscing!), and I look forward to the next occasion : )

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