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Prima Bistro – Langley

Posted in Fine Dining, French with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2011 by belltowngirl

Once in awhile it is nice to get away from Seattle for the weekend to enjoy great food and scenery.  One of my favorite restaurants on South Whidbey Island is Prima Bistro.  It is on a prime spot in the seaside village of Langley with amazing views of the Cascades and the Saratoga Passage.  The restaurant serves French inspired food with local ingredients.  The dinner menu list looks amazing so I have to be sure to try just couple different dishes.   I learned a big lesson when I had twelve dishes in one day when I was in Napa this summer.

Prima Bistro has a good wine selection and suprisingly they have more of a selection of reds from Oregon than locally.  If you are a fan of Pinot Noir like me than definitely try their wines from Willamette Valley.  All their small plate and appetizer dishes looks amazing…. oooh dear.  I decided to try their fritters with mozzarella, blue cheese, and burrata drizzled with garlic peppercorn vinaigrette.  Great textures, rich buttery flavor of the burrata, and the vinaigrette enhanced the flavor quite well.   

blue cheese and burrata filled Fritter - Prima Bistro

blue cheese and burrata filled Fritter - Prima Bistro

Next, the pan fried veal sweetbreads with apricot and thyme gastrique was amazing.  I am a big fan of sweetbreads and I must say that this was the most innovative. Sweetbreads are very rich in itself and has a distinct mineral flavor.  The apricot gastrique was out of this world…it literally tasted like candy.  Gastrique is a sticky thick sauce that consists of reduction of sugar, vinegar, and fruit where in this case the apricot has been caramelized over heat. 

Pan fried veal sweetbreads with apricot gastrique   - Prima Bistro

Pan fried veal sweetbreads with apricot gastrique - Prima Bistro

Lastly, I tried the confit of duck leg on a salad of puy lentils and frisee with a warm bacon vinaigrette….crispy skin, very moist meat, and richness in every bite. 

Confit of Duck Leg - Prima Bistro

Confit of Duck Leg - Prima Bistro

Overall, I immensely enjoyed Prima Bistro for its excellent French fare and knowledgable waitresses who know gourmet food.  The quickest way to get to Langley is to take the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry.  If you like to take the scenic route I highly recommend going 1-5 N and take exit 230 to check out the Deception Pass bridge  among other amazing nature destinations.  Enjoy everyone!

Prima Bistro website:  http://www.primabistro.com/

Address:  201 1/2 First Street Langley, WA 98260

Hours:  Daily 11:30am-9:30pm, Saturdays till 11pm

Contact:  360 221-4060

Branzino

Posted in Fine Dining with tags , , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by belltowngirl

One of my favorite places that I’ve been meaning to write is a restaurant called Branzino.  The menu is of northwest seafood and Italian influences.  It’s located in the central part of Belltown, but on the quiet side of 2nd Ave and Wall St.  What I love most is not just the food, but the relaxed interior of dark wood booths and dim lights that makes for a great ambient and enjoyable night.  Whenever I have dinner here I can actually here what my friends are telling me so the noise factor is not something to worry about.  I definitely think the wooden booths may have been the key factor.  If you have ever been to Queen City Grill it has a certain resemblance which makes sense as the owner, Peter Lamb also owned Queen City. 

For this particular night I wanted to try one of their dishes that the waitress recommended.  I ordered a medium rare ribeye with figs and cipollini onions, unique seasonings and it was super tender, savory, and cooked perfectly! 

Ribeye dish - Branzino

Ribeye dish - Branzino

I was debating between the duck confit or the octopus …both sounds great but I love duck.  This was an amazing dish….duck confit with roasted parsnips, pear, and farro risotto($23).  The duck was grilled, well browned, and perfectly crisp.  Typically, the duck confit dishes are accompanied with fruit and the pear was the perfect enhancement.  Next on my list I would like to try is the octopus on puttanesca sauce and the Gnocci rabbit confit with chard and wild mushrooms.

Duck confit dish - Branzino

Duck confit dish - Branzino

Lastly, I had one of my FAVorite desserts here…..you have to try the Cannoli with Marcola almond, cocoa nib, and salted caramel($8).  The salted caramel I think is what drives this tasty dessert…The is the best Cannoli I have tried in Seattle and it’s undescribably that good!!  I haven’t veered away from the Cannoli yet, but I should….

Cannoli - Branzino

Cannoli - Branzino

I definitely like to try the Valrhona chocolate layer cake with house-made vanilla bean gelato or the Beignets with black pepper creme anglaise and sour cherry jam.  I’ve always seen Beignets on tv and have been meaning to try the deep fried dough pastry with fruit filling…Yum!  Overall, I always enjoy Branzino for great tasting dishes, succulent desserts, and a nice ambience!

Branzino website:  http://www.branzinoseattle.com/index.html

Address:  2429 2nd Ave Seattle WA  98121 (Cross St is Wall St)

Hours:  Mon 5pm-10pm, Tues-Thurs 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-12am, and

Sunday 4pm-10pm

Contact:  206 728-5181