The Whale Wins – Seattle

Renee Erickson has James Beard nominations under her belt and the allure of eating at The Whale Wins just drew me in.  I was down in the area and went for an early dinner to try it all out.

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The space is open and inviting. A lot of the cooking is done in the open kitchen.  Salads and apps are prepared in the front, the side has the grill and ovens.  It’s a fascinating way to see how things work.

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The menu has a lot of things that look real interesting to me.  But some thinks caught my eyes more than others.

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For example, the Brussels Sprouts with Kohlrabi, Buttermilk Dressing, Cilantro Sauce Verte and Pumpkin Seeds.  It sounded like a nice start to a meal.  I love Brussels Sprouts, and to have them raw is also great.  Kohlrabi seems to coming back.  I remember when I was a kid, my mom used to cook it all the time with some dried shrimp and garlic.  But raw, a new adventure for me.

The taste is nice and crunchy.  The oil goes well with the dressing and there is a nice pop in the mouth with this dish.  It’s not too oily, considering the fact that the Cilantro Sauce seems full of Olive Oil.

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I went for decadence.  Bone Marrow.  With some spicy butter and crostini.  The marrow was so creamy and well done, right out of the oven.  A little on the crostini and we were good to go.

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After the heaviness of the Marrow, I needed something light and some citrus to cut the fat, and this Citrus Eton Mess was exactly what I was looking for.  The citrus balanced out the marrow, as did the light cream.  A perfect way to end a fabulous meal.

IMG_7681So many other small items I wanted to try.  That’s why I recommend a group.  Dining single can be ok, but with more, you can sample, especially at places like this.  Well worth the money and visit.

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