Restaurant Review: Terra Cotta Red Bistro in Everett, WA

Terra Cotta Red Bistro. Oh. my. word. Love this restaurant. Back in July, a friend took me and a mutual friend here for our birthday dinner.

Oh. my. word. On the first visit, we enjoyed Red Curry, Crispy Drunken Chicken, Crispy Walnut Prawns, as well as Brown Rice and Wok Tossed Garlic Noodles.

Upon the first bite of the first entree, I knew this was a restaurant my husband would greatly enjoy. We rarely go out to eat, but when we do, we make sure that it is worth it. For me, a foodie, who loves to cook, the worst thing is going to a restaurant and paying $14 for a pasta dish I could have made tastier at home for $5. (Which could feed our entire family, mind you.) Yes, I am weird, but….we try to spend our out-to-eat-dollars wisely and at amazing restaurants two or three times a year, instead of going to mediocre establishments more often and being dissatisfied.

If truth be told, I don’t make a lot of Asian fare. Why? Well, it is time consuming and, well, messy. Once I made Broccoli Beef. It was wonderful, even though it was a laborious process. Plus, I don’t like to fry foods. I am a wimp when it comes to hot oil, frying and popping and crackling of foods as they are placed into the pan. So, usually, we opt to eat out at Asian-esque eateries. And Terra Cotta Red Bistro is now on the top of my list of places to enjoy.

Last week, our Colorado Family was in town. Several weeks ago, we planned on having a “Parents Night Out.” We needed to plan where we would eat, as well as schedule a spectacular sitter for our kids ( We have known the young lady who watches our kids since she was about 6 years old. She’s fabulous and our kids adore her and her entire family!). At first, we were going to eat at Thai Kitchen in Snohomish, WA, which is a fabulous Thai restaurant. I, totally, recommend you going, if you have never been.

However, after enjoying Terra Cotta Red back in July, I knew we had to go there. My friend, Cheryl, works for a missions organization in Denver, and travels to Asian countries quiet often. I knew she would LOVE it! The decor of the restaurant is simple, yet soothing. A local artist tastefully decorated the walls with gorgeous colors of burnt orange, chartreuse green and a mustard yellow. What is most impressive is the technique he used to create what appears to be bamboo shoots on the walls. We were all impressed by this. (All of us are artsy, fartsy creative-types, who really appreciate not only good food, but good presentation and welcoming environments!)

Let’s get to the food though, shall we? Each of us ordered one entree, but we decided at the beginning of our eating excursion, we would share. Since I tend to be very territorial with my food, this is a big deal, as I don’t like sharing food off of my plate. Yet, at this establishment sharing is encouraged and not messy, since entrees and sides are brought to the table in serving dishes.

For an appetizer, we ordered one serving of Pork and Chive Potstickers. They were nice, but I was really on pins and needles waiting for the entrees. I ordered Crispy Walnut Prawns, which if truth be told, are dessert. They are that sweet and tasty. Luscious and large prawns are succulently cooked in a sweet, honey peach sauce with candied walnuts. Talk about a taste bud party. Jon ordered Honey Sesame Chicken, which was yummy. Really, this is finger-licking-good chicken (Okay, if truth be told, someone, who shall remain nameless was spooning the sauce into their mouth as if it was a dessert.) Aaron ordered Mongolian Scallion Beef, which, as the menu describes, is tender flank steak, scallions and chili spicy soy. Cheryl ordered the Terra Red Duck, which is lavender encrusted duck, sour cherry-rhubarb chutney and was served with asparagus, zucchini ribbons and mashed sweet potatoes. This Southern girl was so happy to taste sweet potatoes, and these were incredible. For sides, we enjoyed the Brown Rice and Wok Tossed Garlic Noodles, both complimenting all the entrees nicely.

 

Every bite was delicious. It was good that we shared, too. We all ate something we enjoyed, as well as tasting another’s favorite dish. Although they had some tantalizing dessert selections, it was not on the agenda. We were pleasantly full.

Afterwards, we headed over to Snohomish for coffee. (We really wanted to go to Vinaccio’s, to have Cheryl try their homemade Chai Tea, but they close so early, at least the one nearest to our home does.) Starbucks was a suitable alternative. And, as many of you know, the Swanson’s are lovers of coffee. We enjoyed coffee, conversation and laughing… A LOT!

I highly recommend treating yourself to an amazing meal at Terra Cotta Red Bistro in Everett, WA. You won’t regret it! It is worth the splurge!


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