Bin On The Lake is an upscale american food restaurant which sits right on the lake of the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, Washington.
Their menu has an array of choices from seafood, steak, to pork, and quail. The dishes are upsale and creative, with many layers of flavor that combine into each plate.The atmosphere is quiet and peaceful, a lovely place to eat with a relaxing view of Lake Washington.
They have quite the selection of wines 80+ just by the glass many priced by 1 ounce, 3 ounce, 6 ounce, or bottle, so even if you can’t afford a whole glass or a bottle you can still taste it. Also I noticed another table getting “wine flights” which is usually done with beer or alcohol. Though their prices are a bit high for a food blogger like me, its a great place to splurge for a special occasion. I think their happy hour is reasonable for frequent visits with lighter prices to enjoy what summer has to offer on an afternoon at Lake Washington.
Our entrees did take a while to get to the table, but it was nice to not be rushed so we took our time chatting and taking in the view. As we waited for our main dishes we were served their house made sourdough rolls with freshly salted butter. For the main course I had the blue prawns with marinated watermelon, feta, lime and mint. This dish had bright flavors with the acidity that came from the watermelon and lime, the mint added the herb it needed to the brine-yness of the shrimp. The chef (Dylan Giordan) came out and asked how our meal was and he insisted that the right way to eat prawns is that I “suck the heads out of the prawns” it’s where all the flavor is he says. So as the chef insisted I gave it a try and found myself loving it. I enjoyed the humor and laid back approach from chatting with the chef and his attention to detail with our meal. My boyfriend had the NY steak which was grilled to perfection. When it comes to a man and his meat, he can be pretty judgmental but he said this was by far the best steak he ever had.
For dessert we had the chevre cheesecake (I’m a sucker for cheesecake) and this was nothing like I have ever had before! It wasn’t overly sweet like most cheesecakes, it had a hint of tangyness from the goat cheese and brightness from the lemon. The cheesecake body was creamy and soft, and there was a little bit of crunch from the bottom layer which is made out of a pistachio crumbly crust. The cheesecake was topped with soaked cherries and pomegranate syrup. Definitely the right size to share too.
WHAT WE ORDERED:
Squash blossom tempura with goat cheese, roasted fig, & port syrup
Wagyu New York Steak truffled demi glace, celeriac puree, &grilled asparagus
Grilled Blue Prawns with marinated watermelon, feta, lime & mint
Lemon Chevre Cheesecake with Cherries
I don’t recommend bringing kids here, more of an adult atmosphere
90 minutes of parking validation in the garage downstairs
Happy Hour daily 4-6pm & 9pm to close ALL BAR FOOD is half-off ($3.50-$7)