The Barking Frog restaurant is truly a destination ofits own as it states on their website. It is located in Woodinville which is about a 20 minute drive from Seattle. But during the weekend there is no traffic and a perfect time to go. There are several vineyards there too for example Columbia Winery and Chateau Ste Michelle. Here is a listing at Woodinville Wine County so you could just do a vineyard tour first and then go to the Barking Frog. Or you could do a tour of the Red hook Brewery or go to the spa of the Willow Lodge. Or just go to Woodinville and have a fabulous meal. I have been to the Barking Frog twice and both time had an excellent time. The atmosphere is very cozy with a great large fireplace in the middle. And the wait staff is fantastic and very friendly.
This time around we ordered Popcorn Lobster as an appetizer for the table. It was recommended by one our friends and it was the best seafood popcorn appetizers I have ever had. Very fresh and light on the deep-fried crust with a sweet sauce for dipping.
Then for appetizer I had the beef tatar with Capers, Anchovy, Shallot, Candied Olives, Pickled Onion, Quail Egg. It was great, i would add a little more spice to it but it was almost perfect. My husband had the Roasted beet salad with Orange Supremes, Toasted Hazelnuts, Laura Chenel Goat Cheese, Vanilla Honey Drizzle. Since I love beets it was a fabulous appetizer.
Then for dinner I had the Braised Short Ribs with Baby Bok Choy Kimchi, Shitake Mushrooms, Asian Barbeque Sauce. Oh my! This was delishhh! Not only were the ribs cooked perfectly but the Baky Choy Kimchi was amazing. I had to ask for the recipe. I am a kimchi lover and the way the chef put this together was just very imaginative. It fit perfectly with the dish. My husband had the Ginger Crusted Sea Scallops Beluga Lentils, Apple Bacon, Pea Vines, Maitake Mushrooms, Cipollini Onions, Smoked Almonds, Green Curry Coconut Sauce. It was also excellent, however, the ribs were better.
For dessert we tried three different desserst for the table. Caramelized Pear with Bavarian Cream Filled Bosc Pear, Moist Frangipane Cake and Caramel Pear Sauce, Vanilla Raspberry Pot de Crème with Vanilla Custard over fresh Raspberries and Chocolate Molten Cake with Woodinville Wine Infused Ganache, Hazelnut Ice Cream. I am nota marzipan fan so I did not like the caramelized pear dessert. The vanilla custard was my favorite. It was just like a Creme Brulee but less sweet. Also the chocolate molten cake was very good but I like chewy chocolate cake not the dense molten type. But if you are a huge chocolate cake fan this is probably your type of dessert.
I highly recommend Barking Frog.
14580 NE 145th St
Woodinville, WA 98072
Chateau Ste Michelle
14111 NE 145th
Woodinville, WA 98072