Surrounded by wine: Brix Wine Café.
In the Woodin Creek Village area which has many new restaurants and wine tasting opportunities including Wine Alley where there are over 1/2 dozen tasting rooms.
Everything on the menu looked great but we had to start somewhere so first up was the warm broccoli salad and the baba ganoush…but wait, we didn’t actually start there…how about a cocktail? Give the Dark Side of the Moon a try. How about those appetizers? My nod, as long as you like eggplant, goes to the baba ganoush which is the best example of the dish I’ve had. The broccoli was very good as well but I couldn’t quite taste the anchovies in the dressing which was what interested me in the dish. For mains our choices were the peppercorn crusted yellowfin tuna which was seared to perfection and the smoked paprika prawns. The dish was made by the topping of prosciutto and the apricot vinaigrette. Did I mention that it was plated on a bed of red quinoa? Outstanding dish. Washed it all down with a bit of Mark Ryan Malbec to start followed by a beautiful red Burgundy. Red fruit with hints of leather and soft tannins.
Dessert? We tried the salted caramel crème brulee which was excellent but nothing was left to take home for later! Of course we needed something to drink with our choice. I was intrigued by the late harvest botrytised Riesling from Washington State so I gave it a try. Very nice but not quite up to similar examples from Germany. Didn’t quite stand up to the sweetness of the dessert.
The restaurant was located for many years in nearby Juanita; they now anchor a corner in this relatively new development. The space is large with high ceilings which makes it a bit loud but the low lighting softens things a bit. The wine list isn’t huge and is focused primarily on Washington State wines. There were other New World and Old World choices as well. For the beer drinkers, they have about a half dozen on tap. Seating is also offered outside overlooking a small courtyard.
This place should be on your list. Plan to come early…it was already very busy when we visited on a weekend in the late afternoon.
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