The last time we were in Seattle, we had considered dining at the O'Asian Kitchen, but chose a Pike Place restaurant instead. I liked the Asian menu, however and so we made reservations for a Sunday evening . . . first for two . . . and then for four . . . and then for six.
Peg and I arrived early, the place seems huge inside . . . and beautiful. The staff was friendly. Peg ordered a glass of white wine, while I tried something different, a Pomegranate Splash. Flavored vodka with pomegranate and pineapple juice gave me a nice start to the evening. Peg said it tasted like a Singapore Sling. It was served is a short martini glass. It was colorful and tasty. I could have had a few, but that's never a good idea even if I wasn't driving. After the initial mixed drink I stayed with water and jasmine tea, which was excellent.
The only thing that seemed out of place were the paper napkins. They didn't match the elegance of the decor.
Soon our guests appeared. First arriving were granddaughter Caitlin and her boyfriend, Logan. They were so cute. They shared Smartphone images of their newly decorated home. Logan ordered my favorite drink, a Shirley Temple. It just looks so festive and I like eating the cherries. Next came granddaughter Vanessa and her boyfriend, William. This was our first time meeting William. Vanessa and Caitlin are sisters. Both left Tacoma for Seattle and Seattle Pacific University.
For starters we ordered calamari and various dim sum selections.
I enjoy calamari and the appetizer was nicely done. The dim sum was all excellent. The corn and scallop was good, but my favorite was the pork and shrimp. Like me, everyone had their own favorite. I think left-over dim sum went home with the two couples. I wanted to try the Blueberry and Pork Bun, but I didn't want to get too full, too fast.
Everyone enjoyed the food and the service. Caitlin remarked that a couple of her friends had wedding receptions at the restaurant. I think in the spring or summer it would be lovely here. I had stopped at a small Chinese garden before climbing the last few steps up to the restaurant and noted how pretty it would be outside of winter. Even in February I enjoyed it.
Peg ordered the Sea Bass for dinner. We had never had sea bass before. I have seen it prepared numerous times on Top Chef and other culinary TV programs. Usually I see a chef splashing the oil on top of a thick piece of fillet as the bottom gets a nice crisp skin underneath.
The Sea Bass at O'Asian was much thinner than I have seen on TV. Peg gave me a portion, but I was disappointed. It tasted overdone to me. Peg liked the broth, but she had the same reaction to the done ness of the fish.
When my Golden Lobster was brought out everyone just gasped. It looked huge. Several years ago Peg and I visited Boston and Cape Cod, where I felt it was my duty to eat lobster twice a day. I love lobster. I didn't like this version that much.
It was prepared "Hong Kong Style" and I'm not really sure what that means. I usually see it paired with fast-food. I think here it meant deep fried. There were crusty pieces of lobster that had to be picked up by the fingers to pluck the meat out of the claws and clumps. It just seemed like an anti-lobster way of eating lobster. As one of the most expensive items on the menu and like Peg with her Sea Bass I was vastly disappointed. At every level it just seemed like a bad idea. With the crustiness I had several bites with hidden shell pieces.
Vanessa remarked that she had made William, Peking Duck before. If it was anything like what was served at O'Asian, I'm irritated that I wasn't invited to dinner. The duck was excellent. When I first looked at the serving I thought that there was only skin, but no, under each crispy morsel of goodness were tender pieces of duck.
Caitlin and Logan chose more everyday Chinese dishes. I think Caitlin enjoyed her Walnut Prawns, but Logan I think didn't liked his General Tso. Peg said she thought it was too spicey for him. If I had noticed I would have insisted on him ordering something else. I had a bite of his chicken and it was excellent, but then I like spicey food.
When we return to O'Asian we'll try more dim sum and consider other dishes as well. I heard a faint echo as we left the restaurant. I think the abalone was calling to me from the menu. "Next time, next time."