I never consider myself much of a “foodie,” someone who knows and understands the complexity of making delicious meals. Moreover, I don’t know how to write about food — within itself also an art form.

However, I like food, a lot! I love eating, and believe that food can be one of the great joys in life. Even though I lack the skills to appropriately describe culinary experiences, there are times when mad props are in order after I find a meal that is truly remarkable. The following is one of those times when I am certain about the food and just how good it was.

So with an educated palette or not, last night I ate dinner at the newly opened Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar in Seattle. It was mind-blowingly good. The Chef, John Howie, and staff created a near flawless presentation, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the eight courses that were part of my “taster’s menu.” Still a few shout outs to some of my my favorites are in order, and all are highly recommended.

Sushi lovers may want to try the Washington Roll. It’s a California Roll with Granny Smith apple offering a new twist on an old favorite. I know what you’re thinking. No, it’s really good.

Sizzling Dungeness Crab Cakes with Thai Sweet-n-Sour Beurre Blanc Sauce are incredible. Even if you don’t try the Seastar, do try the Dungeness Crab — it is sort of a Seattle specialty.

And finally the Passionfruit Panna Cotta was so rich and creamy, I thought I would pass out. Fortunately, I didn’t. Still, I don’t think I could have gone wrong ordering anything on the dessert menu with delicious White Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie and Dark Chocolate Truffles.

The Seastar is conveniently next door to the Pan Pacific Hotel (also highly recommended), which is in the South Lake Union district just a few short blocks from Downtown Seattle just off Westlake Ave. There is also a second Seastar (the original) in Bellevue. I will be writing more about the fabulous Pan Pacific in the coming days.

For reservations at Seastar Restaurant: www.seastarrestaurant.com
For more on the Pan Pacific: www.panpacific.com