May 19, 2009
On our recent jaunt to the Yakima Valley and Lake Chelan, we had a lovely stop for lunch driving from Seattle at Suncadia Resort. We were lucky enough to be at Suncadia’s grand opening last fall and had a delightful experience, albeit neither the construction nor the landscaping were quite finished at that point.
Glad to report that the property is now complete, and the restaurant in The Lodge, Portals, is going full steam ahead. Service was smooth, the dining room on a Thursday around noon had several two-tops, a big party of eight, and a couple of four-tops, and it was a cool, sunny, windy day.
Here’s the main dish that both Spencer and I enjoyed: Swift River Trout. The rosy pink trout was flappin’ fresh and perfectly cooked; a brown-almond butter and sautéed haricots verts kept things (fairly) light and simple.
Even something as seemingly simple as a Green Salad was special at Portals with nary a wilted or blemished leaf (one of my all-time pet peeves in so many “upscale” restaurants these days–can’t the chef even sort through a bag of greens?!?!) and lagniappe of razor-thin radish and English cucumber slices.