Seattle P-I Review of Cafe Flora (Including the Dumplings)

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer just published a full review of Cafe Flora. (It will be in the Fri. 1/4/08 print edition). We were all very pleased with the positive comments from reviewer Leslie Kelly.

I’d like to tell you I was just mildly happy about her mention of my own contribution to the menu, the Green Dumplings in Shiitake Broth. But I’d be lying.

"The green dumplings managed to pull off a bit of Italian-Asian fusion, as ricotta-filled won tons floated in a lovely shiitake mushroom broth. A shower of Parmesan and lemon zest provided a dramatic finishing flourish."

Honestly that is more than I could have hoped for as icing on the cake of this great internship experience. A dish on the menu and a positive review in the paper! Everyone at Cafe Flora has been so fun to work with, generous with their knowledge, and patient with a newcomer, I’m sad that I only have a few weeks left there.

[where: 2901 E. Madison St, Seattle, WA, 98112]

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Posted by Michael Natkin on Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 in Cooking Internship.

4 Responses to “Seattle P-I Review of Cafe Flora (Including the Dumplings)”

  1. d.m.
    January 3, 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    wow, that is really incredible – congratulations! i’m so pleased for you. way to go out (of the internship) with a bang!

  2. January 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    Hi Michael,
    What a great review – I will definitely be eating at Cafe Flora next time I’m in Seattle…seeing as that is not in the near future plans, I may have to convince you to make the “Green Dumplings in Shitake Broth” at your computer station at Adobe!
    I took time out of my day to read the whole review and am intrigued by the comment at the bottom about the food critics arriving and eating unannounced – when do you find out who they are? Does that happen the day before the article is published so everyone is frantically trying to read what’s been said and anticipate local response?
    Thanks for keeping me inspired with food.

  3. Michael Natkin
    January 4, 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    I think they call to give us a heads up that the article is online and will be published the next day. Ideally if a restaurant critic is doing their job well, the restaurants don’t know what they look like.

  4. January 5, 2008 at 12:18 pm #

    That’s awesome – congrats! Just came here from the P-I review and your link in the comments. We love Cafe Flora and will have to go check out that dish (sounds yummy)!

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