This provincial Vietnamese restaurant may be set in Seattle’s International District, but its sleek, orange, candle-lit interior seems more rooted in Manhattan cocktail culture. No doubt it was part of the plan, considering the 13 martini varieties (roasted chili included) on Tamarind Tree’s extensive drinks menu. The complementing entrées, such as lemongrass beef satay, chili chicken lemon leaves, and green banana escargots, are no less stimulating, but portions are modest. The elegant table setting is also refreshingly free of the ubiquitous squeeze bottles and cheap porcelain found at most of the surrounding establishments.
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From Food & Wine , SEP 2005
In the papaya-colored dining room, at tables surrounding a giant fire pit, crowds dig into crispy coconut rice cakes topped with shrimp, or spicy rice noodles in a rich beef shank broth, followed by homemade pandan-leaf ice cream that has an alluring vanilla-like taste. The extensive cocktail list includes martinis made with everything from lychees to lemongrass to, fittingly, tamarind....MORE
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