Recently (earlier today, actually!) a friend of mine who lives out of state encouraged me to start writing about places in and around Seattle that I like. He and his wife are planning a trip here later this year, and they wanted better recommendations of what to see and visit than generic guides had to offer. I thought his suggestion was a really great idea, not just to give good feedback about places I like but also to share them with my friends. So upon request, I introduce Places I Love, a new series of posts in which I will share some of my local favorites and hopefully convince others to try them out!
One of my favorite places to eat in Seattle is Dragonfish Asian Cafe. It’s a Pan Asian restaurant with a fun, relaxed atmosphere and some of the best Asian food I’ve ever had. I discovered it in 2008, the first time I came to Seattle on vacation. The restaurant serves dinner until 1am, perfect for a late dinner after taking in a show. What I’ve always done when I go there is order several different dishes to share around the table with the people I’m out with. That way, we all get a taste of lots of different dishes, and I’ve never had anything that I didn’t love. I always like to start with an order of edamame, and my favorite dish on the menu is the Dragonfire Chicken.
In addition to a great food menu, Dragonfish also does an awesome happy hour and they have a very fun and diverse drink menu. My two favorite cocktails are the Lychee Drop, which is simple but fantastic and made with lychee infused vodka and lemon, and the Confucius, a yummy tropical drink served up with a flaming sugar cube floating in it.
Even though I definitely get my fill of food at Dragonfish, I never leave there feeling uncomfortably full – the food is satisfying but not heavy. In fact, I’m always up for a dessert sampler after dinner. Really, who wouldn’t want a few bites of the restaurant’s decadent Lemongrass Creme Brulee or some Mango Upside Down Cake?
Not only is Dragonfish a great place to go for a delicious dinner, but the prices are reasonable so there’s no breaking the bank just for a night out, and the staff has always been incredibly friendly and attentive. I’ve never had a bad experience there, and I always look forward to going.