Last night, Kim and I took advantage of our temporarily childless state, and went out for dinner at SeaStar in downtown Bellevue.

I've been a bit disappointed in the last year or so when we've gone to nice places. We went to Cutters back in May, and while the food was okay, the shrimp was overcooked. I don't think it's unreasonable to expect a seafood restaurant to be able to cook shrimp correctly.

So, anyway, on the strength of Joe's recommendation, I got us a reservation at SeaStar.

We started with the California roll, which was just about perfect.

For the entree, I had a porcini-encrusted salmon fillet, which was cooked absolutely perfectly - done on the outside, not quite done on the inside. It was accompanied by a pesto rice, where the rice was cooked al dente (also hard to find in restaurants). Kim had prawns in panchetta (also cooked perfectly), and a nice salad. Dessert was lemon foam with fresh berries.

All accompanied by a nice glass of Fat Bastard Chardonnay (huge wine list, BTW).

Overall, this was one of the best meals I've ever had. Great ingredients, cooked to perfection, and great staff. All for a hair under $100.

Definitely recommended.

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