October 20, 2009

West Seattle's New Happy Hour: Big Bento

Fresh Bistro, an offshoot of SODO's splendid event space Herban Feast, has been open in West Seattle since May. Exec chef and co-owner Dalis Chea (also exec chef at Feast) showcases a new Happy Hour schtick: Big Bento, that combines all the items on the Happy Hour menu for a $10 savings. Best news: Ben tolls twice nightly, 4-6 Monday-Friday, 9-11 Monday-Saturday,

Tasting notes from Heed the Hedonist's Hedonista:

Personal favorites include the Shiso Crusted Honey Pecan Prawns (at first glance, the sriracha foam seems a bit odd and out-of-place, but it actually works, and the the green mango slaw is a nice complement); Braised Baby Octopus (fabulously smoky with a nice, not-chewy consistency); Crispy Pork Belly Banh Mi Sliders (spicy with a light greens mouth feel); and the Sweet Potato and Dungeness Crab Cakes (really liked the chipotle remoulade and smoked paprika & chive oils).

The Kalbhi Marinated Grilled Kobe Style Flank Steak was deliciously marinated, but a couple of the cuts were a bit too high in fat content for my taste (LOVE the cucumber pickle side, however). And the Creamy Butternut Squash Soup – with its apple cider gastrique and crispy brussel sprout greens – was quite tasty with great texture from the greens, but the gastrique gave it a sweet taste that didn’t really go with the rest of the bento bonanza. (Would really like to see a miso, phở, sweet ‘n’ sour, or wonton soup here.) The Fresh Bistro Salad was your basic salad – feel free to request your poached egg on the side, if you don’t care for it placed directly on your greens.

Wash it all down with their signature vodka-based (and very fruitful) "Mural" - named for the condo building Fresh Bistro calls home. You might need two Murals, 'cause there's a %&#*! lot of food in this bento.

Fresh Bistro, 4725 42nd Ave SW, 206-935-3733  Fresh Bistro on Urbanspoon

Posted by Ronald Holden at October 20, 2009 8:18 AM | TrackBack

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