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Stateside

300 E. Pike St. (Bellevue Ave.) Send to Phone
Vietnamese flavors are interpreted with finesse and appreciation at this Capitol Hill restaurant.

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Open
Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Stateside Restaurant Review

: Stateside’s sophisticated pale green and gray color scheme accented with antiqued mirrors and palm-patterned wallpaper evokes Vietnam's graceful architecture and décor. Edison-style light bulbs hang over the bar’s seating area on one side of the room, while small candles flicker on silver metal dining tables and in booths at the rear. At the check-in desk of this Capitol Hill restaurant, green palms and soft teal chairs set the stage for an edible ethnic adventure. Seductive fragrances of exotic Vietnamese spice mixtures, Thai basil and fish sauce hint at the dinner menu’s offerings. Featured are authentic dishes interpreted through the eye of a classically-trained chef. These can include bun cha Hanoi (vermicelli rice bowl with grilled pork and spring rolls), soy-glazed short ribs served over a pile of celery root purée, black cod on a bed of Asian vegetables, and an artichoke heart bathed with curry sauce and tofu curd. Service is elegant and well-timed for a leisurely meal of many courses, which is appropriate since desserts of cinnamon parfait with coconut tapioca on top and a silken goose egg pudding with a lattice of lemongrass tulle are worth anticipating. The wine list skews towards Vietnam’s colonizers: French wines with a smattering of Italian and local bottles. But the cocktails, like the food, only nod to the previous era and have a solid footing in modern Vietnamese flavors.



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