The Whale Wins
May 11, 2018
Renee Erickson’s new Fremont space is bigger than the popular Ballard eatery The Walrus and the Carpenter, meaning there’s less of a scrum and less of wait for their fabulous cocktails, more room for people both for sitting and standing. A former warehouse, the high-ceilinged, slightly industrial venue is airy, white and bright and with splashes of sky blue. There’s a 40-seater dining room, a bar, a patio for warmer months and a kitchen with a vast wood-fired oven in which most of the cooking is done. The drinks here are served in attractive antique glassware and the cocktail list, while short, is full of tempting options. The Omegna Kir swaps cassis for quince syrup while the Normandy Old Fashioned uses black tea syrup to give it a smoky richness. The Hello Hello blends vodka with grape puree, cinnamon, lemon and a splash of fizz. There’s a well-conceived wine list with a European slant. Erickson’s inventive food menu follows suit there are marrow bones with pickled chanterelles, trout with roasted lemon, and clams with thyme and chili aromatic, inventive dishes, cooking to excite.