Ponti Seafood Grill

Written by on January 8, 2015 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(pontiseafoodgrill.com) – Ship Canal neighborhood, Seattle, Washington


How I heard of this place: It was a decade or more ago, perhaps during Seattle’s original Dine Around month; I have been on their birthday mailing list ever since.

Ponti Entryway

Type of cuisine: Seattle’s only wild fish only restaurant serves up the most delicate, delectable seafood around. “Executive Chef Alvin Binuya showcases his talent with an ever changing and seasonally focused seafood menu. Chef Binuya has forged relationships with local farmers and fisherman so guests will continue to enjoy the new and unexpected flavors from the freshest local ingredients.

Ponti Dining

Since 1990 Ponti has delighted the palates of our guests with a menu* that offers an array of eclectic flavors ranging from pan-Asian, Mediterranean, classic European and Pacific Northwest fusion

Ponti Bar

Ambiance: When Richard and Sharon Malia opened the doors of Ponti Seafood Grill to Seattle in 1990, they revealed a modern mosaic seafood restaurant.

Ponti Hallway to More Dining

Ponti, meaning “bridge” in Italian is built in the style of a Mediterranean villa featuring warm Tuscan inspired colors and waterside patios. Located on Seattle’s Ship Canal,

Ponti View

four private dining rooms and two outdoor patios showcase vistas of the water and the Fremont and Aurora bridges.

Ponti Cozy Dining

What I ordered: On this visit, we started with a basket of warm bread and herbed balsamic olive oil for dipping, my husband unable to turn down the Char Grilled Octopus ($13) served over roasted pepper coulis, sweet corn, wild mushrooms.

Ponti Char Grilled Octopus

For our main entrees, our dining companions favorite and highly recommended Alderwood Smoked Alaska Black Cod ($32) with a five-spice cure, lemon-ginger emulsion, squash, green beans and a side of turmeric basmati rice.

Ponti Smoked Alaskan Black Cod

My husband chose the Pan-Roasted Alaska Cod ($22) with a smoked paprika dry rub, served atop rosemary roasted fingerling potatoes, oyster mushrooms, arugula, tomato and beurre blanc.

Ponti Pan-Seared Alaskan Cod

For me, the Grilled Wild King Salmon ($35) served with fennel tzatziki, green beans, squash, and a side of mushroom couscous.

Ponti Wild King Salmon

Our desserts included a Lemon Tart ($7) with fresh whipped cream and a berry coulis,

Ponti Lemon Tart

the Moelleux au Chocolat ($7) caramel sauce, hazelnut toffee crunch and fresh whipped cream,

Ponti Chocolate Cake

and the Lemon Cheesecake ($7) with Tuaca Gala Apple compote.

Ponti Cheesecake

What I loved: The Alderwood Smoked Alaskan Black Cod and the melt-in-your-mouth octopus over sweet corn and mushroom relish. The molten chocolate cake…what?

Ponti Oozing Chocolate Cake

Why I loved it: A beautiful, waterfront setting, where reflections of the bee-lights play across the minute ripples in the water, indoor seating is warm and cozy and the food nothing short of excellent.

Ponti Patio

Cost: High ($22 – $36 per dinner entrée)

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