Frolik-ing in Seattle

by Thursday, September 25, 2014

There’s a delicate equilibrium between the old and new being cultivated at the relatively young incarnation of the Motif, a Destination Hotel in Seattle, Washington. Youth and energy inhabit what used to be a Red Lion Hotel just a short time ago, and we are excited to see what becomes of this new kid on the block in the future.

It’s not just the exciting internal transformation of the lobby, rooms, and suites grabbing our attention at Taste + Scene. Apparently youth still springs eternal, because the transition has also breathed new life into the fifth-floor restaurant Frolik. Locals, tourists, and guests alike come for the plasmas, modern décor, and Seattle’s largest roof deck, which is home to ping pong tables, shuffle board, and ample seating. The motley crew of thirsty and famished travelers linger for the impeccably balanced provisions coming from both the bar and kitchen.

We can’t get over the fresh-faced staff and their commitment to the craft of serving food and beverages. It starts at the top with chef Charlotte Glaves and the head bartender Keith. Glaves’ food is so tasty it makes ordering room service an event worthy of getting dressed and turning the TV off. While the signature cocktails have Keith’s John Hancock written all over them.

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The must haves on the menu may seem pedestrian, but with the chef’s deft skill of turning the ordinary into extraordinary, you’ll thank us later. The lamb T-bone (a deconstructed gyro), Frolik burger, spaghetti with squid ink pasta, and bahn mi (lunch only).

Not to be outdone, Keith’s cocktails are ridiculously balanced and drinkable, with nothing ever too sweet, or too tart, or too strong in any single flavor profile. We had no complaints with the Gin Rummy with gin, rum, coconut milk, and kefir lime. The Bite the Bulleit with Bulleit bourbon, champagne, and a bitters soaked sugar cube. Starbucks isn’t the only place slanging addictive new drinks this fall. Frolik is debuting the French 76 which tastes like a refined orangesicle and the Date and Thyme which is an infused vodka drink with a float of ginger beer.

Come young, come old, and see these future stars at Motif in action. Just don’t call them stars because to them, they’re only job is to illuminate each one of our senses.

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