We are fortunate this year to have the Chinese Lantern Festival here in Spokane, WA for several weeks, as well as a local chef highlighted with his own restaurant in the former German Pavillion from the 1974 World's Fair at Riverfront Park. The craftsmanship on these elaborate pieces was astounding as we walked through the festival. Hundreds of lanterns lit up the night in our beautiful park by the river.
The walkway leading to the restaurant.
Each of these beautiful displays is made completely by craftsmen specializing in this form of art.
The menu tonight for night one. We have reservations for every week of this festival, each featuring a different region of China with its flavors and ingredients. Chef Jeremy Hansen of Santé has taken on this incredible challenge, and we are excited to see what he comes up with.
The sea cucumber soup was a delight. The weather is cold, and it's an incredibly dark, rich broth. The pork meatball is well seasoned and has a pleasant spicy finish.
The fried fish was delicious. The corn, carrot and potato "hash" underneath had perfectly cooked vegetables - not too soft. They were aptly seasoned, and the crispy fish was excellent as well.
An amazing herbaceous cocktail - Lantern's Light.
Star of the North cocktail - rich five spice flavor without being overboard. Brightly refreshing with a warmth in flavor with despite the cold weather.
Mushrooms and egg custard - suffered from the cold air (the egg custard was quite chilled) but the concept and flavors were spot-on.
Lovely sunset here.
The restaurant was beautifully lit and very inviting with space heaters to keep us toasty.! We are thoroughly looking forward to the weeks to come!