Chuckanut Drive, we arrived at VIJs just after 8:30pm. The hostess told us apologetically that it would probably be a 1.5 hour wait. "No problem, we have all night" we said, meaning it literally.
We ended up being seated just before 10pm and watched while people continued to arrive even as we left over an hour later. For appetizers, we settled on spicy pork belly with apple/mint chutney served on a soup spoon, marinated and grilled mackerel with orange spiced onions and my favourite garam masala sauteed portobello mushrooms in porcini cream curry. Even if it did not have my food passion (mushrooms) in it, the flavour of this curry would have made it tops on my list.
Then came the mains which were wine marinated lamb popsicles in fenugreek cream curry on turmeric and spinach potatoes and spicy duck breast with ground fennel seed curry. The duck was good but the lamb was worth fighting over with its tender meat and amazing sauce.
I'm not fond of Asian desserts so luckily I was too full to crave any. But Rich went for the rice pudding which he thoroughly enjoyed. This made for a wonderful final meal to end our trip on.