Xinh's Shelton Wa. - Still Good?
My daughter is graduating from Evergreen State in mid June, and I made a reservation for 8 at Xinh's in Shelton for dinner the night before her graduation based on Chowhound (and yelp) reviews...
Haven't noticed any recent Xinh's reviews; is her crew still on their game?
What should we order? Open to any and all suggestions, especially seasonal.
We do, however, have a couple of non seafood eaters in our group. Menu looks safe for those souls.
Thoughts would be most appreciated!
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By deweyweber54 on Mar 23, 2011 07:06PM
Hubby and I were on a drive trip from our home in the L.A. area to Seattle. Heard about this restaurant and wanted to go. So, we diverted. So glad we did. It was the culinary highlight of our 2 week excursion. I ordered a bowl of oysters. Xinh cooked them in a garlic, lemongrass, soy sauce. It was incredible! Hubby isn't as adventurious as I and ordered the chicken fettucine. He loved his meal, tasted mine and wanted more. The wait staff even brought me a small bowl of curry sauce to try. Also very delish. Incredible food, fab staff. When I was there, the woman who took care of us said the day previous, Andrew Zimmerin was in house for lunch! I'll look forward to eating here again.
Back to Xinh's, the food there's been consistent and sublime for years. I agree with the hot and spicy seafood soup recommendation. She's won a well-deserved prize in Bon Appetit for her curry mussels. I've never had a bad dish there (including the non-seafood options), and I've been many, many times. I am not usually a dessert eater, but can assure you her lemon mousse is fabulous. Take advantage of the fact they have fresh fresh fresh mussels, if you like them on the half-shell. Get a reservation if dinner night's on a weekend, and note they're closed Sundays.
Thanks, rcallner, for bringing the topic back on topic, and for your suggestions. We're looking forward to visiting Shelton by the Sea.
BTW, much prefer Chowhound reviews to Yelp reviews. Reading Yelp reviews is sort of like reading the New York Times: one must take everything with a grain of salt.
Xinh's continues to get national recognition for their food. (They are often featured or mentioned in food magazines when seafood is the topic.) You can't go wrong with any of the mussel or oyster dishes but the mussels in curry sauce are exceptional. Also recommended is the hot & spicy soup. (If they have the seasonal razor clam appetizer, add that to your list.) (Be wary of Yelp reviews, they can be highly tainted.)