Q and A with the Joker for sEATtle Magazine.
J: And here...we...go.
Me: Ok, I'm ready.
J: How about a magic trick?
Me: Nah, I'm good. Let's just get to talking about the pizza.
J: WHY SO SERIOUS?
Me: Umm...because it's seriously pretty darn good pizza.
J: If you're good at something, never do it for free.
Me: Yeah, well they charge nearly $20 per pizza.
J: Oh, you look nervous. Is it the scars? You want to know how I got 'em?
Me: Honestly, I'm really not that interested. And I'm only nervous because this is my first interview about a restaurant.
J: Let's put a smile on that face!
Me: I'll tell you what put a smile on my face--the smoked prosciutto with soft-cooked free range egg pizza and the roasted mushroom and truffle cheese pizza.
J: A little fight in you. I like that.
Batman: Then you're gonna love me! [Batman crashes the interview and attacks the Joker.]
Me: If that's it I'm just gonna go now...
First time trying Ethiopian food. Suffice it to say, it will certainly not be my last.
Atmosphere was nice and the live jazz/swing music was appreciated (it is on Fillmore afterall). The food, however, was much better than anything I had expected and, honestly, I didn't really know what to expect.
The wifey and I ordered the vegetarian sampler and the beg alecha (braised lamb in Ethiopian herb sauce). Our orders also came along with a full plate of injera (thin Ethiopian spongy flatbread that has a similar taste to sourdough). I was very delightfuly surprised by all of the flavors; everything was delicious. Any vegetarian and non-vegetarian alike would especially love the sampler.
We also tried a glass of Ethiopian honey wine at the end of our meal which was quite sweet; having a very notable yet unique honey aroma and flavor.
Chill spot. Delicious food. Cool vibe. Live music. Yeah...this is my jam.
Cool spot in an area of Seattle that is filled with a bunch of great spots to ingest and imbibe.
Having a varied and unique selection of craft beers on tap (local and foreign), naturally I started my review of the menu here and did not peruse the food offerings until I had made my brew selection.
Because we were in desperate need of some foie gras before we headed back to Cali, we decided to get a double dose of duck: the foie gras frites with shaved foie gras and foie sauce and the seared Hudson Valley foie gras with mushroom bread pudding. My favorite of the two was the seared foie gras, by far. The mushroom bread pudding was a perfect accompaniment. If I preferred the taste of cold foie gras over cooked, then I might have actually liked the frites better.
We also ordered a small plate of the marinated olives, a scotch egg, and the roasted bone marrow with red onion marmalade that was accompanied by a few slices of extra buttery grilled bread. The bone marrow was excellent! Probably the best I've had, and they gave a lot. The toppings on the bone marrow provided an excellent taste and texture contrast with the marrow.
It was a very very rich and filling meal we had here--there was definitely some artery cloggage going on--but it was a very good one as well.
If you are taking a short day trip to Bainbridge Island and want some good non-pub grub type of food--which is where everyone seemingly funnels into--then you would want to put this place at the top of your list.
We ordered a delicious, flavorful, and memorable porchetta sandwich, though it was not particularly cheap. Great for eating at the deli counter which faces the street, their outdoor seating area, or taking to-go while you explore the beautiful green island.
Bainbridge Island has the best 7-Eleven! A generous tasting of five wines for $7 at Eleven Winery. These are really good wines too, which explains why it can often be packed inside here. We stopped by on our second go-around and were lucky enough to sit down at The Simpon's chess table and fit in a quick game during our tasting. If a sweet wine is on your list of wines to try then you won't want to miss out on their sweet sarah port which is poured into a small edible chocolate cup.
Had we not been traveling with just carry-ons I would have certainly bought a few bottles to take home with us.
They've got an awesome edible aquarium here! I'm not joking.
We came on a warm weekend day around brunch time and were surprised to see how sparse the patronage was. Lucky for us I suppose.
If you're not grabbing a bag of fresh oysters or other shellfish to-go, you'll be delighted to table service that is friendly and helpful. They suggested we try one round of each oyster varietal they were offering before randomly ordering a dozen of one kind or a mixed of all, and it was a good idea. We loved the sweet kumamoto and the excellent shigoku oysters so we ended up indulging on a bunch of those.
Very fairly priced for excellent quality oysters and perfectly shucked--no shell particles lingering and the oyster is turned for presentation and maximum slurpage.
Torn here. As their name suggests, we didn't order just one piroshky but two. Both were on their "most popular" item list which made it somewhat easier to decide amongst the many piroshkies they offer.
The smoked salmon pate was delicious! Savory and creamy with that unique smoked salmon flavor, and certainly worth the wait in line. The apple cinnamon roll wasn't really worth taking up the precious room in our stomachs. It was dry, dense, crusty, and not particularly sweet.
If you had to ask us, we would definitely recommend getting two smoked salmon pate piroshkies if you are visiting with someone as they are almost too good to share.
The wife and I airbnb'd it in Capitol Hill for our recent visit and this was our first dining spot. We probably would have eaten here more than once if there weren't other good food to be found and devoured in the area.
The building exterior is very modern but the interior definitely has that old-time diner touch which is nice. As such, we sat at the counter with the '70s era light pea-colored diner chairs and enjoyed a delicious meal with homely service. There were hipsters aplenty and they all looked like lumberjacks, but hey...it is the woodsy Pac Northwest afterall. Ok, so maybe they were actually lumberjacks?! In SF they would be hipsters, no ambiguity about it.
Even though it was a late evening meal for us we couldn't stay away from at least one of the breakfast/brunch offerings: the cornmeal waffle topped with pork belly and two sunny-up eggs. We had a feeling the former could be pretty heavy so we complimented that order with the goat cheese dumplings with corn and snap peas.
I really enjoyed both dishes but the cornmeal waffle with pork belly was seriously amazing. Good enough for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and certainly a post night-of-heavy-drinking meal.
The food here is anything but common, but being wealthy wouldn't hurt when dining here. Ok...well, it's actually not really that expensive in comparison to other restaurants serving similar quality food; it's quite fairly priced in my opinion.
There is an a la carte menu to choose from, but seriously the tasting menu is the way to go so as to get a nice comprehensive sampling of the delicious offerings here.
First off, make sure that your smartphone is charged. You may feel compelled to call someone and let them know immediately about how delicious your meal is...but don't do that...it's rude. Make sure your phone is charged sufficiently because the food is really as good as it looks. And they serve up some of the most photogenic food around at Commonwealth.
What did we have, besides the extras that normally accompany a tasting menu?
- albacore tartare
- amazing abalone topped with New Zealand spinach and mushroom dashi
- sweet stonefruit
- sensational sweetbreads (I normally don't care for them too much but here they were very good and topped with thick truffle shavings ftw)
- superb celery sorbet
- best beer meringue...seriously this dessert was excellent, especially for a b-day dessert!
Gotta thank my amazing wifey for treating me to this excellent b-day meal!
It was a good and very filling brunch, albeit an expensive one. The rustic space with the flaming pizza oven, industrial lighting, open kitchen, and faux cowhide wallpaper was inviting, but almost exactly how I thought it would be.
We started off with the burrata app which came with fried bread balls, prosciutto, grilled stone fruit and topped with a sweet balsamic. I really felt like this was the best offering that we had; sweet, savory, nice textural contrast, and delicious.
We were promptly given our main dishes of "The Mason" and trout fritatta pretty soon after our appetizer, so our area at the counter was pretty packed. Luckily we were the only two occupying the area. The trout fritatta was quite tasty, even more so the next day, in fact, as we packed part of it to-go. The Mason featured braised short ribs on a thick piece of toast topped with two very runny sunny side eggs and country potatoes on the side. I felt the trout fritatta was the better of the two with The Mason being slightly underseasoned.
Still missing Chef Scott's cornflake-crusted fried chicken sandwich from 3-Sum Eats.
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