Special of the day - Vegetable medley of chicory, peas, dill, garlic fried ramp with horseradish breadcrumbs and salmon

Best of: Non-conformist Brunch

May 22, 2011 | 1 Comment.

Yakima asparagus with chopped soft boiled eggPreserving fruit to be used on their spring dishesKalbi burger at Revel
Here are some first meal options on the weekend if you are seeking a change from the traditional American brunch fare of scrambled eggs, pancake and toast.
1) Sitka and Spruce – Regardless of the ongoing funky weather in Seattle, Sitka’s seasonal menu  has transitioned into spring by serving up some  dishes at room temperature that taste light, yet don’t skimp on flavor or quantity.  Similar to dinner, chef and owner Matt Dillon likes to infuse traces of North African spices into his repertoire such as the  Yakima asparagus inundated with chopped pistachios, olive oil, spices and chopped soft boiled egg.  My other personal favorite right now is the black cod lox with pickled carrots, dill, and creme fraiche.  By the window, I notice a glass barrel where they are preserving oranges and lemons which will be used on many of their dishes. I reckon they may have used a little of the preserved liquid concoction on the cod lox.
Preserving fruit to be used on their spring dishes
Usually, I fall into a steep food coma after brunch, but not so at Sitka.  Food comes out as ready tapas-style and presentation is always picture-perfect.  I like sitting at the communal table or grabbing one of the bar seats facing south.  There is an abundance of windows and good people watching.  For more on Sitka and Spruce, click here:  Prominent Chefs’ restaurants
Chicken salad with pepitas, walnuts, garden fresh herbs and rice
2) Revel – Kimchi ramen, kalbi burger, and shrimp egg foo yong are some of the options at Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi’s urban Fremont culinary oasis Revel.  If you start getting cold feet and want to revert to a more standard American fare, rest assured.  Revel’s “Two eggs, bacon, scallion potato hash, toast” dish is the epitome of iconic brunch comfort food and the sausage patty with quince and spicy maple syrup is a subtle twist to the patty favorite.  Don’t miss out on the kimchi bloody Mary.  To read more on Revel brunch, click here:  Revel brunch feature article
Kalbi burger at Revel
3) Ma’ono- I deplore driving over bridges to get my eats on so I decided to ride my bike instead.  As I walk in, I immediately notice how the modern zen interior contrasts the loudness of this West Seattle joint.  I actually cannot imagine the restaurant being any louder.  Not great for the ear drums, but good if you are in a big group or don’t want to feel self-conscious in keeping your voice down.
Ma'ono is the most conventional of the three restaurants on this list with standard fare such as benedicts and scrambles, but the menu also includes items you won't find at many brunch places: Saimin ramen dish (smoked pork belly, six‐minute egg, pork & ham broth, fish cake, scallion) and the hangtown fry (fried oysters, bacon, roasted peppers, scallion scramble and think slabs of grilled bread).Owners Mark Fuller and Marjorie Chang are committed to sourcing food locally. I immediately recognize the decadent English muffin in the eggs benedict from Dahlia Bakery and the cheese on the quiche of the day is from Pike Place Market's beloved Beechers Handmade Cheese.Special of the day - Vegetable medley of chicory, peas, radishes, dill, garlic fried ramp with horseradish breadcrumbs and salmon


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