This week, we're excited about the new Japanese kaiseki restaurant wa'z, which opened in Belltown on Wednesday. Read on to learn about more restaurant openings and to discover what exciting food happenings are on the horizon, like a Japanese robata restaurant coming to Capitol Hill, katsu burgers and sushi, and two new restaurants from the owner of Oasis Tea Zone coming soon. Plus, find out what to eat this weekend, like matcha soft serve with Instagram-worthy cones and key lime pie ice cream. For more ideas, check out our complete food & drink calendar, our list of places around town to get spicy chicken for Hot Chicken Day, and our list of places serving Easter brunch.
OPEN THIS WEEK
Coming on April 1, Oasis Tea Zone owner I-Miun Liu's new restaurant in the former space of the now-closed Chinese restaurant Four Seas will feature Eastern-influenced decor from local art-based creative firm Electric Coffin as well as Chinese and Korean-inspired food and herbal- and tea-infused drinks.
Seattle Biscuit Company
Southern-inspired food truck Seattle Biscuit Company has opened a brick-and-mortar location in Ballard, slinging stick-to-your-ribs grits and (duh) flaky biscuits topped with Northwest ingredients.
Sunny Up Food Truck
This female-owned breakfast food truck features egg sandwiches that pay tribute to famous women of history, with names like "Ruth Bacon Ginsburg," "Mia Hamm," and "Patstrami Cline."
This Japanese kaiseki restaurant with a focus on multi-course, seasonal Pacific Northwest-sourced fare, from chef-owner Hiro Tawara (formerly of Shiro's and Sushi Kappo Tamura, and the Beauty of Kaiseki pop-up at Pike Place Atrium Kitchen), opened this Wednesday.
A wine bar called Claret, from the Heavy Restaurant Group (which owns Meet the Moon, Barrio, and Purple Cafe and Wine Bar, among other restaurants), is set to open next door to Heavy sibling restaurant Thackeray in Wallingford in April. Thackeray also just updated its offerings, which now include "a new menu of comfort food and reimagined Pacific Northwest classics" and "cocktails with a twist," according to Seattle Met.
East Trading Company
Following the opening of Dynasty Room, Liu will also open a restaurant called East Trading Company in the location of Sun Liquor Distillery, which closed last summer. (Liu was originally going to partner with pastry chef Mi Kim of Raised Doughnuts to open a brick-and-mortar space of her doughnut pop-up, but those plans fell through and Kim is now opening a shop in the Central District this spring.) Set to open May 14, the bar will also serve cocktails infused with herbs and tea alongside Korean and Chinese appetizers and have a "1920s Shanghai apothecary feel, " selling small sundries like cigarettes, preserved plums, and Tiger Balm. Electric Coffin will provide the decor.
General Porpoise Laurelhurst
After opening a second location in Pioneer Square, General Porpoise now has plans to open another in Laurelhurst. The new location will be smaller than the Pioneer Square store and feature "neon signage and comfy upholstered banquettes."
JUNKICHI Robata Izakaya
A Japanese izakaya restaurant called JUNKICHI Robata Izakaya will open in Capitol Hill in mid-April, according to a press release. The restaurant will feature robata, a style of Japanese cooking similar to barbecue in which skewers are slow-grilled over hot, high-carbon charcoal called "binchotan," and will have tapas-style plates as well as drinks and a large sake selection. The restaurant comes from Plenty USA, Inc., the same company that owns the Santouka ramen chain.
Katsu Burger Ballard
Local chain Katsu Burger will open a new location in Ballard featuring sushi, bento, and cocktails in addition to its popular deep-fried burgers and milkshakes, in the space where Skillet Ballard used to be. They hope to be open by early summer.
Ravenleaf Public House
The Maple Leaf gastropub closed this week and announced the news via Facebook. Seattle Met reports that co-owner Matt Swain may be moving on to another project and that the restaurant will be replaced by a Thai Fusion restaurant.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Bainbridge ferry now selling Molly Moon's
Now you can eat scout mint and cookie dough on the ferry! The Bainbridge ferry is now offering Molly Moon Neitzel's beloved ice cream in a petite "mini moons" size.
In Pizza We Crust launches Kickstarter
A new family-owned pizza company called In Pizza We Crust is using Kickstarter to crowdfund its food truck, which will feature wood-fired brick oven pizza.
Limoncello opening on Capitol Hill
A restaurant called Limoncello is coming to Capitol Hill. So far, there are no more details, but the restaurant says it is in the process of putting together a media package and will announce more information soon.
Modernist Cuisine announces new book, Modernist Pizza
Dr. Nathan Myrhvold's Bellevue-based "cooking labaratory" Modernist Cuisine, which has published a comprehensive six-volume compendium of cooking knowledge of the same name as well as a guide to bread called Modernist Bread, has announced their plans to release their next project, Modernist Pizza.
Sake on tap at Safeco Field
This season, you'll be able to wash down ballpark dogs with some sake. According to an email from Portland-based SakéOne, Safeco Field has added kegs of SakéOne’s Momokawa Organic Junmai to its drink offerings this season. It will be available on tap at Hiroshi's Sushi, by the glass and by 12oz carafes. Safeco also offers sake slushies made with Hakutsuru Excellent Junma.
Cloud Nine Creamery
The mad-scientist liquid nitrogen ice creamery's new spring flavor is "Berry Blast," "loaded with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries, and topped with creamy whipped cream, granola, and drizzled chocolate."
Kari Brunson's health food haven rolled out a new spring menu, with offerings like a spring sesame bowl with brown rice, lettuce, red cabbage, snap peas, roasted mushrooms, cilantro, pickled carrot, carrot sesame vinaigrette and nutritional yeast gomaiso, and a strawberry rhubarb shake.
The burger joint's weekly special is the JB Burger, a collaboration with artist/designer Jesse Brown, which features smoky harissa yogurt, sliced heirloom tomatoes, arugula, grilled halloumi cheese, and a ras el hanout-spiced grass-fed beef patty.
Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams
Get decadent with bubbles and caviar.
Seattle Scotch and Beer Fest
The "region's biggest spring beer festival combining craft beer, Scotch, whiskey, and wine tasting," this two-day event showcases authentic Scotch and Irish whiskey tastings, seminars, and craft beers from West Coast brewers.
SATURDAY, MARCH 31
4th Annual Garage Sale
Instead of dusty kitchen appliances and knickknacs, this garage sale will feature deeply discounted cider from Schilling, FinnRiver, and Reverend Nat's, with cases up to 50% off while supplies last. Thirsty? Schilling will open with 32 taps of craft cider and pints and flights starting at noon.
Georgetown Bites 2018
Known for being Seattle’s oldest neighborhood, gritty, industrial Georgetown is quietly becoming a culinary destination, with a high concentration of underrated under-the-radar gems. Consider: the cask-aged beer of Machine House Brewery, the fiery hot chicken of Sisters and Brothers, the cured meats of Hitchcock Deli, and the beer-battered, deep-fried tacos of El Sirenito, to name a few. At this annual spring food walk, you can scoop up all those and other offerings from more than 30 different vendors, like the artisan confections of Fran's Chocolates and the upscale vegetarian pub fare of Georgetown Liquor Company.
Midnight Mecca: Boharat
For their new Tastemakers collaboration series, Seattle Chocolate’s globally inspired jcoco line has teamed up with some of the most exciting culinary influencers in Seattle, including Chera Amlag of Hood Famous Bakeshop, whose Filipino-flavored confections like ube cheesecake have garnered a cult following; Amanda Reed, rising-star bartender and beverage director of Heartwood Provisions; and Tarik Abdullah, a former contestant on The Taste whose recurring pop-ups Morningstar Brunch and Midnight Mecca have become some of the city’s most sought-after events. To kick off the series, Abdullah (dubbed “the Spice Man” for his way with seasoning) is hosting a special edition of his Midnight Mecca pop-up called Boharat at jcoco’s tasting room. Named after a warming Arabic spice blend, the five-course tasting menu will explore “various cacao and chocolate regions across the globe,” including Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Cameroon, and the Ivory Coast. JULIANNE BELL
Sampalok: Chef's Table Kamayan Meal
Chefs Ken Barnes and Karl Reyes will present the inaugural edition of their new Filipino pop-up Sampalok. This kamayan dinner (an intimate meal with family-style dishes served on banana leaves in the center of the table) will feature Filipino favorites with a modern twist.
Skagit Farm to Pint FEST
Eleven Skagit Breweries will pair their offerings with bites from Skagit Valley Restaurants and farmers. To keep the valley pride going, three Skagit bands (the Hoe & the Harrow, Sky Colony, and Whiskey Fever) will play live sets at the opening party.
MARCH 31-APRIL 1
Bennies Pop-Up Grand Opening
Make some "friends with benedicts" at the inaugural edition of this brunch pop-up, which features eggs benny "stacks" in variations like Chicken & Waffle and the Pablo Escobar (tortilla chips, chicken, green sauce, avocado, poached egg, cheese sauce, pico de gallo).
SUNDAY, APRIL 1
5th Annual Pickled Egg Eating Competition
Scarf some pickled eggs à la Cool Hand Luke for the chance to win "bragging rights and a belly ache." The first 10 contestants will get a free t-shirt and all participants will get prizes.
Cooper's 16th Annual IPA Fest
In pursuit of hoppy-ness, Cooper's Alehouse will observe their yearly celebration of all things IPA, with tasting flights and special food pairings. This year, they're aiming to pour a whopping 100 IPAs to break their previous record of 80.
Easter Brunch at Serafina
After a winter of heavy, hearty root veggies and greens, the light, luminous flavors of spring—like rhubarb, cherry, fava bean, and asparagus—are eminently welcome. To that effect, Serafina chef Christian Chandler has composed a two-course prix-fixe Easter brunch with the best of the season in mind, including smoked pork belly with local cherries, ras el hanout, pistachio butter, and quail egg; brioche French toast with rhubarb jam, maple-vanilla whip, and house sausage; and porchetta hash with green garlic, spring onion, salsa verde, and a sunny side up egg. Musician Pasquale Santos will regale brunch-goers with contemporary violin, and, should the weather prove to be suitably clement, the restaurant’s lush, romantic secret-garden patio will also be open. JULIANNE BELL
Knee High Stocking Co. Easter Brunch
The Olive Way speakeasy does Easter brunch Filipino style, with tres leches bread pudding French toast, "the Motherload" (beef tapa, pork tocino, or chicken loganiza with eggs and garlic rice or duck fat home fries), and bottomless guava mimosas.
Matcha Man Pop-Up
"Matcha Man" Don Gacilo makes magical soft-serve in flavors like ube, cereal milk, Thai tea, black sesame, and (duh) matcha, with adorable taiyaki fish-shaped cones and stunning midnight-black activated charcoal cones. He'll bring his confections to Ballard's Poke Square.
Spring Tiki Night
This tropical tiki night promises "cocktails, shenanigans, rum, monstera leaves, and RUM," as well as some surprises from Appleton Estate Distillery.