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    Posted on | January 29, 2007 | 1 Comment |

    When we lived in Sammamish, we used to be too lazy to drive across the bridge to the wonderful restaurants Seattle had to offer… especially for breakfast/brunch, 40 minutes drive was just too long… That is when we discovered Fins Bistro, a cozy seafood restauarnt tucked away in old Issaquah… It became our favorite brunch place pretty soon… The blackened halibut, Grilled trout with lemon butter and caper sauce, Crab cakes everything we ever tried were just delicious! Added bonus, Fins is one of those restaurants where you get the one for one deal with the Microsoft prime card…I am a sucker for deals!

    Anyway, after we moved to Belltown, we never gave Fins a second thought, because of obvious reasons. But yesterday, we had to go to Sammamish to pick up a package that got delivered to our old address (after more than a year, go figure!). So we decided to give old Fins a visit, and I have to say I was kind of disappointed.

    Siv ordered blackened Snapper with chipotle tomatillo salsa, and asked them to replace it with trout if possible. Our server was not very sure if they would do it, but said he would check. I ordered the Grilled trout with lemon butter sauce, and asked if they could make mine blackened instead of grilled. He never came back to confirm the order, but later brought two identical plates with blackened trout with Chipotle salsa! I was too hungry (now that this place is a 40 minutes drive from home) to send it back, so decided to have it. The sides were plain white rice and steamed beans… the beans had absolutely no flavor whatsoever, and I totally skipped the rice. The trout was well seasoned, and I love anything blackened, but it was kind of cold…
    Blackened Trout with Chipotle-Tomatillo Salsa
    (Camera Phone picture)

    I am striking this restaurant out of my books, this might have been just a onetime thing, but it is too far anyway. If you live in Issaquah/Sammamish, give them a visit. Weekend they do serve brunch, but only till noon! We didn’t get any dessert this time, since we were supposed to be at Lark for my birthday party at 6:00 pm and wanted to keep it light… (More about Lark later. ). But I remember they had some good deserts. BTW, the restaurant is right next door to the Issaquah Village theater, so normally just before a show, the place is crowded! Check the show timings before you go.Also, this seems to be a favorite place for a lot of seniors, seemed like a regular girl’s day out place for 60 somethings…

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    One Response to “Fins Bistro”

    1. George
      October 7th, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

      My wife and I keep coming back here. We love the dinners and the brunches. The food and service has always been excellent. Our only complaint is that the chairs are not that comfortable.