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Quoin offers a variety of drink concoctions that change regularly and will have you wanting to try every one on the menu.  There’s a throw back to old cocktails but with Quoin unique twist on them.  On a recent beautiful Saturday night, I chose the Mighty Seventy Four (or Five…I can’t remember) but holy moly it was tasty!  Gin, Earl Grey syrup, soda and Prosecco.  Need I say more?!

Quoin serves the whole Revel menu in the bar and on the deck so in case you get there and your wait is just too long, remember that you have options!  On the weekends try a Kimchi Bloody Mary with your breakfast!

Revel (brunch) – Seattle, WA

You wouldn’t think Revel could get much better but if you haven’t been there on a weekend then you’re definitely missing out.  On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 2pm, Revel offers the most incredible and unique brunch.  From your classic eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast to ramen, Kalbi burger and kaffir lime yogurt – it caters to everyone!

Your best bet is to go with a group of 4 so you can sample something from every category on the menu without getting overly full.  All of the dishes are appropriate to share so don’t be afraid to order more than you normally would…take a little and pass it down:)  I promise there won’t be food leftover.

Must haves include the bacon gruyere biscuit, the Revel ramen, the Kalbi burger (you won’t want to share this once you take your first bite), kaffir lime yogurt with mango and black rice puffs, and the short rib rice bowl.  The Abura noodle bowl is also very scrumptious.  More on the savory side for breakfast/brunch – I would love it anytime of the day.  It might sound like most of these things are filling but again…go with friends and share!

Kaffir lime yogurt, mango, black rice puff

Revel ramen, pork belly, kimchi

Short rib and eggs, arugula, chili chimichurri, rice

Kalbi burger, bacon, shallot pickle

Porridge, Meyer lemon, rhubarb, candied almonds

Caramel coffee roll, cocoa nibs

Revel – Seattle, WA

For those of you who don’t know the background behind Revel…here it is in a nutshell…

Iron Chef America husband and wife team, Seif Chirhi and Rachel Yang, are the chefs behind this 7 month old restaurant in Fremont which has gotten an unprecedented amount of press since opening in mid-December 2010.  First it was the New York Times mention, then the taping of The Best Thing I Ever Ate for the Food Network due to Frank Bruni’s visit and now love for the asparagus rice bowl, next it was the Wall Street Journal and most recently Revel was named the Best New Restaurant in Seattle for 2011 by Seattle Weekly.

The concept is Korean street food.  Salads, dumplings, pancakes, rice bowls and noodles.  The menu changes appropriately according to the season so don’t get too attached to one thing.  It’s refreshing to know that even if you go often you’ll always find something new.  During the summer you’ll find the BBQ smoking on the deck and a whole animal being served up a number of different ways.  One week it might be a goat, next a whole pig!

Next door (attached to the restaurant) is Quoin (the architectural term for cornerstone), Yang and Chirchi’s bar.  There’s a spacious deck off the back with a great fire pit and plenty of seating around.  For those that can’t get in or don’t have the patience to wait for a seat at Revel, the full menu is served inside and out at Quoin.

If you haven’t been, what are you waiting for?  The wait can be long but I promise the food is worth it!

Corned lamb salad with mizuna and spicy nuoc cham

Pork belly pancake with kimchi and bean sprouts

Lamb dumpling with goat yogurt and cucumber

BBQ of the week – whole cow

White gulf shrimp, cilantro pistou and coriander noodles

Spice cake ice cream sandwiches with salted caramel dipping sauce

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