We sometimes get a bit of neighborhood envy (but hey, not too much – we love our neighborhood!) when we read about all the great new restaurants flocking to Ballard, Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, West Seattle, and really, any neighborhood besides Ravenna. We’d just like a few more places within walking distance. Is that too much to ask?
Some locations on 65th have been regular revolving doors with restaurants coming and going year after year. There’s the place at 65th and Ravenna Avenue which had Shamiana (which we still miss), then Shamiana reborn as World Beat Cafe, then the short-lived Bistro Magnolia, and finally Hot Dish before sitting empty for a while. That place has a bad luck omen, so we hope that The Himalayan Kitchen, which opened there two weeks ago, fares better.
We went last night to THK, and it was decent, although we were really hoping for better. They serve Indian, Nepali, Bhutan, Tibetan, and Indo Chinese food. We tried one Bhutan dish, aima datchi, and another more familiar Indian dish, alu matar paneer. We both preferred the alu matar paneer. Although we ordered the mid-range spicy level, the food was quite mild, so we’ll order the hottest level next time. The naan was tasty, although it was a bit thinner and somewhat crisper than I like.
Just across the street, the windows are papered over but the sign is ready for Da Pino’s to open later this month. Currently located on Rainier Avenue, Pino Rogano is moving into our neighborhood and bringing what looks like a great menu of sandwiches, pastas, artisan cured meats, gelato, and espresso. It will be nice to welcome a little neighborhood place like that.
Two blocks up from there is Third Place Books, where we hear that the Honey Bear Bakery will be replaced by a second Vios later this year. We’ve enjoyed Vios Cafe & Marketplace in Capitol Hill, a family-friendly Greek restaurant with great food. It’s interesting that the Honey Bear Bakery, which is synonymous to us with Third Place Books, is moving out. Personally, I never found the Ravenna bakery to be as great as the old Tangletown location from years back, though, so this sounds like a good change to me.
Finally, it looks like Felix and Sarah Penn’s second place, which we mentioned a few months back, is getting close to opening on 55th. It should be good, if it’s anything like their first place, Pair.
The Himalayan Kitchen
2255 65th Street NE, Seattle