East Pan Asian Cuisine opened Friday at 11 a.m. at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in part of the old buffet area near the pavilion. EPAC is excellent and brings lots of news and excitement.
From a preview last Thursday, chef Brandon Pham, formerly of D’bali Asian Bistro in Airway Heights, Table 13 at Davenport Grand Hotel and Magnolia American Brasserie at Hotel Indigo, leads the kitchen and the fantastic menu overview included home-made dan dan noodles, sweet and sour pork spare ribs, pork bao buns, fried chicken mochiko, hot and sour soup, egg flower soup, peppercorn beef lumpia, macha cake -yuzu and fresh seasonal fruits.
EPAC plans to roll out sushi and dim sum carts in the fall. Dim sum carts! Dim sum can be found in Spokane – but not the traditional dim sum cart service – so I’m very excited. I plan to return soon to sample the full menu with nods to Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Korean cuisine.
More news from the same old buffet space: Neon Pizza (think secret pizza at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas) is slated to open in May and after that, club and speakeasy Highball Whiskey. Also previewing: Gonzaga University basketball players Drew Timme, Martynas Arlauskas and Anton Watson from Spokane.
If you go: 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights, (509) 481-2131, northquest.com
Congratulations to No-Li Brewhouse for recently winning nine medals at the New York International Brewing Competition, including Washington Brewery of the Year and Washington Hard Seltzer of the Year. The New York International Beer Competition showcased over 700 beers from breweries from 15 countries.
These medals bring No-Li’s global award count to more than 85 medals, including 51 in the past 16 months. The nine awards for No-Li:
• Brewery of the Year in Washington.
• Washington Hard Seltzer of the Year.
• Double Gold: Corner Coast Golden Ale.
• Gold: Cascade Fog Hazy IPA.
• Gold: Day Fade Raspberry Lemonade Hard Seltzer.
• Silver: Day Fade Huckleberry Lemonade Hard Seltzer.
• Silver: IPA Jet Juiced.
• Bronze: red, white and cloudy IPA.
• Bronze: Threezy Does It Hazy IPA.
I stopped by No-Li a few weeks ago and really enjoyed the new pina colada hard seltzer. Meanwhile, owner John Bryant told me Monday morning that No-Li Bier Hall, in the former Dry Fly Distilling space at the entrance to No-Li Brewhouse, will be opening smoothly in about a week, and the grand opening is scheduled for May 5th. .
If you go: 1003 E. Trent Ave., (509) 242-2739, nolinewhouse.com
Wild Sage Bistro
I have my brother Charles Chareunsy, in Spokane recently from Las Vegas, to thank for ultimately cross Wild Sage Bistro off my list of must-visit restaurants in Spokane. When I write about my favorite places in town for The Spokesman-Review, readers always ask, more than any other restaurant, why I don’t include Wild Sage. I will know.
Our March 30 dinner was exceptional: Pacific Northwest seafood chowder, popovers, duck, osso buco, a Blackberry Bramble and an Old Fashioned. Our service was friendly, we weren’t rushed out (I love quiet dinners) and the atmosphere is elegant but not stuffy.
I’m crazy about Wild Sage.
If you go there: 916 W. Second Ave., (509) 456-7575, wildsagebistro.com