Dinner at Seastar Raw Bar & Grill, Bellevue (Seattle Restaurant Week)

Another meal from ages ago… with ggy and ant. Just because they had a nice prix fixe menu for SRW.

Seastar Raw Bar & Grill
Ant’s shrimp ceviche – bouncy and sour.

Seastar Raw Bar & Grill
Z’s Oysters on the half shell. This place calls itself a “raw bar” so I’m guessing all its raw seafood is pretty good.

Seastar Raw Bar & Grill
My starter was a grilled vegetable roll with habanero tamago – I actually liked it better than the rest of the seafood options. The vegetables were wonderfully charred and the spicy tamago was a nice surprise.

Seastar Raw Bar & Grill
Another favourite – Ahi tartare deviled eggs with bacon and truffle oil. An interesting twist on deviled eggs! Although I’m not sure bacon and ahi tartare goes together. AND truffle oil. Too many conflicting flavors, so we ended up mostly tasting the bacon. But I love deviled eggs so I loved this.

Seastar Raw Bar & Grill
Ggy’s Cajun fried sole crusted with cornmeal – I don’t usually approve of cornmeal as a breading, but this was ok.

Seastar Raw Bar & Grill
The seared steelhead in thai red curry was pretty good. but the curry gravy pretty much concealed the freshness of the steelhead a little bit.

Seastar Raw Bar & Grill
By far the most impressive, and we none of us are fans of tilapia – Ant’s Parmesan crusted tilapia over mashed potatoes. It’s browned so beautifully! And tasted great to boot.

Seastar Raw Bar & Grill
Our other entree – Ginger seared chicken over jasmine rice. Pretty good, but nothing to rival the regular chicken rice you get at hawker centers in Singapore :P

Seastar Raw Bar & Grill
Ant’s coconut cream pie, which I hear is quite popular here. I don’t like coconut but this looked ridiculously fluffy.

Seastar Raw Bar & Grill
Z’s creme brulee

Seastar Raw Bar & Grill
My dense chocolate cake with basil cream – the cream was very herbal and complemented the cake nicely. What I didn’t like was the red anise-y powder they sprinkled on top.

Seastar Raw Bar & Grill
My pick for the evening – Passion fruit panna cotta, all wobbly and fruity. Very nice.

All in all this place was pretty good as far as dining in Bellevue goes, but kind of pricey (if the SRW menu is not available). Their dishes are pretty inventive but I feel a little too complicated, in that they don’t let the natural flavours and freshness of their produce shine through. The tables here (at least the one we were brought to) was also too large, so we could barely hear each other the din of the restaurant and spent most of the time shouting or straining our ears. I understand a lot of people appreciate large tables but I felt like a hobbit or something eating here.

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