When I had dinner with my friend Tiffani and her wife Kelly in Boston in June they suggested The Whale Wins for my one night dinner in Seattle. I really wanted to go to Lummi island but sadly there wasn’t enough time as I was in town for two nights and one of them was to go to the Manchester united game (work calls…).
Tiff had described The Whale Wins as sweet and she couldn’t have been more accurate – it was the perfect word for it. The Whale Wins is casual, charming and absolutely adorable place that hits you with food sightings as soon as you walk in. They have a counter laying the breads, snacks and pastries enticing you from the start.
I was there with my friend John who moved to Seattle recently and he was game to share several things thankfully.
What we ate
Spiced peanuts, pistachios and coconut: we ordered this to snack on as John is trying to cut his white carbs….The nuts were too small and the coconut too shredded so it proved to be a little challenging to eat (nuts with a spoon anyone?) but the curry spices and coconut and peanuts were a good flavour combo.
Quadrello di bufala with strawberry jam: this is a cheese similar to tallegio – ripe and absolutely delicious. They drizzled some olive oil on it which seemed completely superfluous at first glance but brought the cheese flavours and texture out and it all worked magically together with the home-made strawberry jam. The bread was almost unnecessary as the cheese and jam were enough by themselves. This and the tomatoes dish were my favourites.
Tomatoes with anise hyssop ailoli and toasted buckwheat: summer plump red and yellow juicy tomatoes with some pomegranate seeds for texture, smothered in aioli with toasted buckwheat sprinkled around. The tomatoes didn’t really need much else and I am not a big ailoli person but it was interesting and creamy, the tomatoes light and healthy and the pomegranate and buckwheat present to add texture. Very good.
Roasted carrots, fennel, harrisa and yogurt: I like charred veggies but these were a bit too roasted and dried out and ended up being a bit stringy. There was too much olive oil and harrisa and it ended being too heavy handed versus what could have been an unique and light dish.
King salmon, raab, toasted coconut, cashew yoghurt: oven roasted and tasty salmon with a well prepared broccoli raab and cashew yoghurt around the plate. The yoghurt was not needed or maybe at this point, I had already overdose on all variables of yoghurt and wanted to taste the main ingredients more. I don’t use the expression “OD on yoghurt” lightly as it takes a lot for me to pronounce “too much when it comes to this tangy delicious dairy product” – I eat it every day, at least once and am an addict.
Butter roasted zucchini bread, creme fraiche: this was amazing! A perfectly toasted bread with distinguishable slivers of zucchini throughout. The creme fraiche melted too much seating next to the bread and I would have preferred something cold (and not resembling more yogurt) for contrast. Also, the bread was so tasty it didn’t need as much buttering. But was delicious still.
In sum: a sweet restaurant serving tasty fresh food!
The Whale Wins the whale wins
3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103