On our second day in Seattle we had nothing planned except for eat, drink, and eat and drink, which is kind of exactly how I like to spend my time! We enjoyed a delicious and surprisingly filling brunch, after which we set off on our way to find some coffee.
We tried out Herkimer Coffee. I was impressed by the fluffy foam that they managed to achieve with my soy milk cappuccino, which is apparently a specialty of theirs. However, I found the flavour of the coffee itself a little too dark for my liking. I’m more of a medium-roast type of girl. Jacky enjoyed his regular latte though.
We did our Bible reading and rested while we drank our coffee, then leisurely wandered over to Pike Place to line up for what we were anticipating to be the highlight of our trip: Sushi Kashiba’s chef’s counter omakase. We had the most wonderful experience dining there last year so basically planned our entire trip around returning this year. Unfortunately, this year was… not the same.
We arrived around 3:30pm and there were already a number of people in line before us. Lining up this time was really frustrating and disappointing.
One person in front of us brought all of her friends into the line at a later hour, which caused us to be bumped to the 7pm seating. This would have been fine had the friends just jumped right in and not literally looked directly at me and asked for permission to jump in.
I’d responded, “Not really, if that means we get bumped to 7pm,” to which they responded that they’re “reasonable people” and insinuated they would totally bump themselves to the 7pm seating if Jacky and I wouldn’t be able to make the 5pm seating because of them. When the hostess came out to take names, they also turned to me multiple times to assure me that, “We counted, and you two are totally going to make it into the 5pm group.”
We did not make the 5pm seating. The friends took up the final spots.
Woah it’s mid-October already? Ehhem, well, allow me to share with you what I was doing in early September heh heh. I did say that this restaurant deserved its own post so here it is, though I have had this in my drafts since 1st October but haven’t been able to finish writing it until now.
The South Lake Kitchen + Bar was our hotel’s restaurant. The entrance is through the hotel, but even if you weren’t a guest of the hotel it’s still worth a visit to eat here. I had one of the best brunches of my life at this very restaurant, and if I lived in Seattle I’d be here every week.
Their brunch menu had a Dungeness Crab Benedict, and I’m not sure if I’ve ever blogged about my love for eggs benedict before, but let’s just say I love eggs benedict so much I asked my chef friend to make it for me on Christmas Day once lol.
I literally go hunting for the best (or at least a decent) eggs benedict in every city I live. So far I haven’t found a good one close to me, not for lack of trying. I might start an Eggs Benedict section on this blog for all the places I’ve tried an eggs benedict. I’m surprised I haven’t done that already to be honest.
Either way, we decided to give it a try on our first morning there. I am not joking when I tell you it’s one of the best eggs benedict I’ve ever tasted, to the extent that I decided as soon as we tried it that we’d need to have it again as our final meal before we leave to go back home. We were only going to be in town for a total of 6 days and ended up eating here 3 times – twice for brunch and once for dinner.
Last night we got dressed up and went out. It was Twosday 2/22/22, and happened to be our 2 year wedding anniversary (though our actual marriage date is 9/1/19 – and yes, both dates were intentional hehe). To be honest, I was feeling a bit lethargic and it was sooo cold outside. We had both just finished up work, and we hadn’t really found a good ‘celebration’ restaurant because the one we originally wanted to go to was closed.
Our back up choice was a restaurant that we discovered last month and have since been a few times for lunch. The food was great, but it didn’t necessarily feel like a special occasion restaurant. We are indeed very blessed that we are able to afford to eat at places like this on a semi-regular basis. Still, after a little bit of back and forth, we decided to go after all.
Immediately I felt glad that we did. It’d been a while since we dressed formally and went out for a nice dinner. I haven’t worn a dress and heels in so long. I even put on make up for the first time in I-don’t-remember-when. Sure, most of my make up is now expired but who cares? The vibe just hit different and I felt all grown up haha.
Paratha with Coconut Chicken Curry – $12.00 – 9.5/10
Lamb and Potatoes Curry – $16.00 – 10/10
Coconut Rice – $3.00 – 10/10
[Bonus] Dessert – Gifted
Portion sizes: Excellent! They changed their packaging recently and the salad came in a gigantic container that we put into one of our large glass bowls at home for ease of mixing with the tamarind dressing. The lamb curry came in a large upright container, and the chicken curry came in a shorter upright container with 2pcs of paratha (fried, layered, flaky flatbread). I think they also gave us extra pieces of fried tofu <3
When Jacky went to pick up our order, the owner said that he’d just made dessert and that it had been a slow day, so he gifted us a carton of dessert too! I’m not sure what it’s called, but it tasted very creamy — almost milky, and had some coconut flakes sprinkled on top. To be served warm.
It’s potentially the shwe kyi cake listed on their website, which Google tells me is a sweet, Burmese semolina cake. Unfortunately I wasn’t a huge fan of the milky flavour but Jacky enjoyed it. I did like that it wasn’t very sweet though. Either way, it looks like we got a very large portion of it too. Huge thanks to Shwe Myanmar for their generosity!
Delivery service used: The restaurant’s own (free over $30). Date ordered: 27th June, 2020
Chicken Satay – $10.00 – 9.9/10
Pad See Ew Chicken – $12.50 – 8/10
Pineapple Fried Rice – $12.50 – 8/10
Thai Iced Tea – Free Gift <3 – 10/10
Okay so after we were quite put off from our last experience, we really went from ordering once a week to not ordering from them for an entire month… after which we decided we still wanted Thai food, and this place has been great 2/3 times, so we tried again.
Imagine our surprise when the delivery guy from the restaurant introduced himself as one of the chefs who worked there and gave us two free Thai Iced Teas as he’d read my reviews and learned that I had been disappointed last time. Awww! That was so nice of him. (First of all, wow, how did they know it was me?? Also, hello!!!! Thank you for reading my blog posts and reviews!)