How...lucky...are....we... when it's date night Weds and ALSO the opening night of Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen at 170 Lake St. S (425-298-4429). Yahoo- jackpot! First, you should know that Steve said I could quote him (rarity). "Out of all the new restaurants we've tried around town lately, this one's my favorite!" he said with a smile as he ordered his second hand-crafted whiskey drink. My lychee martini was amazing also- it would have been too easy to drink 4 of them. Don't worry, I didn't. LOL.
It was a 60 degree evening, the sun was out and Kirklanders didn't hesitate to fill the tables while the big glass doors to the sidewalk were open. Great cozy, warm, modern Asian feel inside- lots of wood, leather and glass. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the chicken/tomato dip appetizer , followed by the ribs and minced lamb with basil (photos) and a side of veggies ( kale, broccoli, cauliflower was a nice combo). It was all excellent- a great variety of flavors and the ribs were perfectly cooked. And what a refreshing surprise to easily be able to avoid the rice/fried stuff and still have a delicious and filling meal. I can't wait to go back and try the salty crab papaya salad and a curry. Also tempting was the Hat Yai Fried Chicken which is southern thai fried chicken topped with fried garlic which is a popular street dish that is well-known in many areas of Thailand. Our bartender was both friendly and professional- it was fun watching him carefully create the interesting drink menu items.
After all was going oh-so-well, the best part wasn't until the end when the bill came. 3 drinks, an appetizer and 2 entrees= $66. Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen will definitely be on the rotation of regular dates night for the Rabuchins. Welcome to Kirkland Isarn. You DO have soul. Love ya. Mean it. ~j