(Originally posted 7/5/06)
Continuing with Tom Douglas' restaurants, we had dinner one night at the Dahlia Lounge. This restaurant has an Asian flair, and the decor is indicative of such in a very tasteful manner. The menu as well shows an Asian flair in the appetizers and entrees, but with a strong northwest flair as well. The menu is reasonably priced and has a good variety of available choices. The wine list was also diverse with a selection of wine in many different price ranges.
We began our dinner with a few appetizers. First, the wild snails with house-made portuguese sausage, shrimp broth and croutons. This was a delectable dish and the sausage was superb, juicy, well-spiced and cooked with a fine crust on one side. We also ordered the Dahlia green salad with herbed goat cheese crostini, lemon, and sea salt. A good fresh salad with tasty goat cheese. The best cheese though came from our third appetizer, the Burrata. This is fresh Buffalo’s milk cheese, slow roasted tomatoes, black olive paste, and house made pepperoni. The creamy cheese was excellent!
Our entrees included the famous Dungeness crab cakes, two large cakes that were loaded with luscious crabmeat. They certainly did not put alot of fillers into these cakes. They were spiced perfectly, without taking anything away from the sweet crabmeat. These were probably some of the best crab cakes we have ever had. (Tom Douglas recently published a crabcake cookbook and we did pick up a copy while we were there.)
The second entree was the rotisserie roasted five spice Peking duck, another house speciality. A superbly juicy piece of meat, with very little fat, and a sweet, crispy skin. Another excellent dish!
And dessert, as mentioned before, was their famed coconut cream pie. Mmmmmm!!!
I recommend this restaurant!!
2001 4th Ave.
Phone: (206) 682-4142