The Cold Fish House On The Third Floor

We could have called it, “Bad Food In Kirkland.” We thought we’d have our holiday splurge at the Third Floor Fish Cafe in Kirkland. We had a great table with a beautiful view of the marina. The ambience was comfortable and the company was good. There was a Polish businessman trying to sell Polish food and alcohol to an attractive couple at the next table. The service was friendly and the menu looked really interesting. For appetizers, we ordered the calamari, the tuna tartare, and foie gras. The calamari was standard and lukewarm. The tuna was good, but not cold enough. The foie gras was weird. It seemed like the kind you get from a can, but it was sauteed – kind warm on the outside and cold on the inside. Our main fish courses had interesting flavors, but they were, you guessed it, lukewarm. I should have listened to Tony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential, who warned me not to eat out on Sundays when the food is left over and the staff is exhausted. Maybe we should have eaten in the U District.

One good thing, though, we did taste some interesting wines. The Viento Syrah was fruit-first like so many Washington State Syrahs, but not jammy and in your face. It had good backbone and was structured more like a Bordeaux blend – good wine. The Januik Red was a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. The only grape missing was Petite Verdot. Maybe it all went into Mike Januik’s separate Petite Verdot bottling. The wine was big, fruity, and rich with lots of chocolate tones in a very popular style that , in fact, goes great with chocolate truffles. I prefer the more classic straightforward flavors of Mike’s Januik Merlot.

2 Comments so far

  1. .a. (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 2:30 pm

    I think it’s called the Third Floor Fish Cafe…


  2. gene (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 9:22 pm

    Thanks, A.



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