Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Exciting Eastside NYE Dining Options

Have you made your plans for New Years Eve yet ?

The best restaurants typically book up early, but in this economy there is sure to be more people staying home meaning more openings still available. This might be good news for you procrastinators out there who are late to consider your options.

Of the many special dinners and events going on for the holiday, here are some of the most interesting and enticing options on the Eastside:

Stir Martini & Raw Bar in Bellevue at the Hyatt Regency hotel is hosting a a New Years party that will include a red carpet, dance floor, fiery favors and drink specials to celebrate each time zones' midnight. Sounds pretty fun!

Also of note if you are concerned about staying off the roads, the Hyatt Regency is offering a special $99 nightly rate for guests of Stir. Pretty good deal if you are looking to make a little more out of the night. You can make reservations at (425) 462-1234 and be sure to mention the STIR New Year’s special.

The Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond, will be offering a 5-course feast for $65 ($100 with wines) that will include Maine lobster in Sauterne, stuffed quail, and braised lamb shank. Sounds like a pretty decent meal at a decent price, especially compared to some of the exorbitant prices for some of the other local restaurants.

Finally and also in Redmond, the Stone House will be offering what looks like a stupendous New Year's Eve dinner for $52 per person including a champagne toast. Here is the menu:

First Course (choice of):
Cider Braised Pork Belly, Creamed Kale, Hedgehog Mushrooms
Kumamoto Oysters
on the half shell with champagne-Meyer Lemon Ice
Buckwheat Crepes, Wild Mushrooms, Braised Spinach, Leek Cream Sauce

Second Course (choice of):
Truffled Potato and Sun Choke Soup, Micro Arugula, Meyer Lemon Oil
Pear and Persimmon Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Goat Cheese and Pepitas
Golden Beets, Spinach, Rogue River Blue Cheese

Blood Orange Gelato

Entrée (choice of):
Grilled King Salmon with Dungeness Crab-Potato Soufflé
Chili Crusted Filet, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, Broccolini, Red Pepper Coulis
Seared Sea Scallops, Meyer Lemon Jam, Yam Puree, Bacon-brussel sprout, parsnip Hash

Dessert (choice of):
Chocolate Soufflé Cake Crème Brulee Banana Foster Bread Pudding

If I were staying in town, you would find me at the Stone House cozying up to my wife and that King Salmon with Crab-Potatoe Souffle. Sounds like a perfect, elegant New Year's Eve close to home!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

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