Marination‘s famous food truck was parked outside their new Marination ma kai bricks-and-mortar location at West Seattle’s Seacrest Boathouse – as Marination’s proprietors Kamala Saxton and Roz Edison hosted an invitation-only sneak peek inside the almost-ready-to-open eats-and-drinks place. Well, not just inside …
… the downtown-view patio was in use too. Ahead, more of the sneak peek, including the sample menus they circulated:
First question you might have: Opening date set yet? In short, no – Kamala says there’s still a little work to do, but they set the date for today’s sneak peek weeks ago and decided to just go ahead. One interesting touch – window seating along the east side of the building:
Behind the counter, Roz held court at the shave-ice machine. No, it’s not shaved-ice, as the menu reminds you. In Hawaii, “shave ice” is the name for what we recall from our childhood as a snow cone.
Marination ma kai will offer shave ice with extras – Husky Deli vanilla ice cream? Azuki beans? Or – for those 21-and-up – a vodka infusion. We also got a peek at the drink menu today – with eight beers on tap including the special Marination Brown Session Ale brewed by White Center’s own Big Al Brewing, eight bottled beers, seven wines, two proseccos, and six “house-made cocktails,” including Lychee Margarita, Jalapeño Kamikaze, Bloody Mary, “Mai Kai,” Sangria, and a Hibiscus Cooler. As for the food – some was in circulation:
The gleaming kitchen was not yet in use, but certainly on display:
From the menus (which didn’t include pricing, in case you’re wondering):
Breakfast items will include cold items:
Double Coconut Muffin
Mini Banana Macadamia Nut Loaf
Aloha Granola and Yogurt
Shoyu Eggs (hard-boiled)
Kalua ‘n’ Cabbage Manapua
Portuguese Sausage Musubi
And hot items:
Biscuits and Portuguese Sausage Gravy
Lunch and Dinner Items:
Taco salad with kalbi bee, miso ginger chicken, spicy pork, or sexy tofu
Sliders – kalua pork or SPAM
Kimchi fried rice
Kalua kimchi quesadilla
Those are Marination traditions – then “Made for ma kai, a special menu for our seaside spot”:
Fish ‘n’ chips
Kimchi Sausage, Egg and Rice
Pork Katsu Sandwich
There’s a sign outside explaining ma kai:
Again, no opening date yet, but they say they’re very close.
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