West Seattle restaurants: Marination ma kai adds to menu

Update on West Seattle’s newest restaurant/bar, Marination ma kai at Seacrest Boathouse: Co-proprietor Kamala Saxton sends word tonight that after a week with a “limited menu,” they are adding hot breakfast, shave ice, and fish and chips as of tomorrow. The hot-breakfast offerings include Breakfast Sliders, Sunrise Burrito, Biscuits and Gravy, and Loco Moco; for lunch/dinner, they are adding the promised fish and chips, with kimchi or miso tartar sauce and a ponzu malt vinegar. If you haven’t been yet, they have adjusted their hours to 8 am-8 pm weekdays and 9 am-“late” on Saturdays and Sundays.

25 Replies to "West Seattle restaurants: Marination ma kai adds to menu"

  • Mike October 11, 2012 (8:48 pm)

    Shave Ice!

  • Klk October 11, 2012 (9:52 pm)

    Perfect location for shaved ice! I might have to wait till summer though. Yum!

  • Chris W October 11, 2012 (10:23 pm)


  • sna October 11, 2012 (10:24 pm)

    Went last week…best sliders of my life.

  • onion October 11, 2012 (10:29 pm)

    Great. I really need to try their fish. But 8:00 is a bit late forbreakfast. Seems that they could open an hour earlier for the taxi crowd. After 8:30 breakfast traffic will slow Imo.

  • juniebug October 11, 2012 (11:04 pm)

    I agree with onion on the slightly earlier hours. I now ride the WT and then stop at a place downtown for a quick baked egg and latte. It would be great to get breakfast on this side, especially if it was a grab-and-go kind of thing. The WT even has tables…perfect for a 10-minute breakfast. The coconut muffin on the menu sounded great as did the Spammy breakfast sandwich. Even if breakfast starts too late for my commute, I’ll still stop there on the way home sometimes. I loved their sliders from the truck and wish them great success in that location.

  • Jtk October 12, 2012 (6:59 am)

    6:30 or 7AM would give them WAY more breakfast traffic…
    Can’t WAIT to get down there to try everything on that menu…

  • vraxvalhalla October 12, 2012 (8:04 am)

    Hmmm. WSB is really hyping this place.

  • Brian October 12, 2012 (8:55 am)

    We tried to stop in on Tuesday for breakfast at 7:30 to discover they had adjusted their hours =(

    I guess Loco Moco will need to wait for the weekend.

  • Tiffany October 12, 2012 (9:26 am)

    Just got back from breakfast. Loco Moco is scrumptious, as is the breakfast burrito. And I love the modern decor–a great place to spend a rainy day on Alki.

  • james October 12, 2012 (9:28 am)

    Glad to see them up and running. One other suggestion if they’re reading these comments… pay attention to night Sounders and Hawks games when the Water Taxi runs late. I stopped in after the Sounders game this past Sunday at 8/8:30 and they had already closed up shop. I saw at least three or four other people go for the door as well.

  • drb October 12, 2012 (12:01 pm)

    Mahi Mahi Eggs and rice would be a great breakfast addition…with soy sauce…

  • JonF October 12, 2012 (12:13 pm)

    “Hmmm. WSB is really hyping this place.”

    Er, no they’re not. They gave plenty of news coverage for the prior establishment also. and plenty of coverage for all the other restaurants that are springing up, or shutting down for whatever reason.

    So really WSB is equal opportunity. And fair reporting.

  • stephanie October 12, 2012 (3:43 pm)

    Shave ice! Shave ice! Shave ice! Shave ice! I don’t care if it’s cold outside! No place at all in Seattle for the stuff as good as it is in HI. Yay!

  • k October 12, 2012 (4:05 pm)

    Everyone’s hyping this http://seattle.eater.com/archives/2012/10/12/marination-ma-kai-now-serves-full-menue.php One of the most anticipated openings of the Fall.

    • WSB October 12, 2012 (4:35 pm)

      Well, FWIW, it’s not “hype.” We don’t “hype.” We don’t even do reviews. We report the facts and then you get to go decide for yourself (or not). In this case, Marination opened in two stages – limited menu and full menu – so we were kind of duty bound to do the update when we heard from them yesterday, to say “hey, now they’re serving the rest of the menu.” Otherwise we usually leave a restaurant after “OK, they’re open” until and unless something dramatic changes. Thanks! (I also will check to make sure our restaurant-guide page is up to date …) – TR

  • Danielle October 12, 2012 (4:50 pm)

    Went for lunch today. MMMMM! I got the sexy tofu taco and my son got the pork sliders. Both were outstanding. Great prices too. I saw fish and chips being ordered a lot, and they looked perfectly fried, with a panko crust and nice size portions. I’ll be trying them soon! My only “eh” comment would be about the macaroni salad. Not much flavor. But my very flavorful taco may have scewed my tastebuds. Great addition to the waterfront and WS.

  • sam-c October 12, 2012 (7:35 pm)

    went for dinner tonight.

    was a little surprised- the kimchee fried rice with fried egg was about half the size than it has been for the last several years. i wonder if that is a permanent portion size change or they ran out of the right size containers?

    the fish and chips were VERY GOOD (2 pieces of fish). and the miso tartar sauce was SOOO GOOD.

    the quesedilla was also very good. not your standard issue quesadilla, so, a spicy for people who don’t like spicy food, but very tasty.

    it was crowded this evening around 6:00 6:30 or so.. good to see.

  • Mar-C October 13, 2012 (10:12 am)

    Do they serve beer?

  • Pauline October 13, 2012 (1:51 pm)

    MARINATION MAI KAI has great beers. They also have their liquor license and make great cocktails.

  • annm October 15, 2012 (11:52 am)

    I also noticed that the fried rice was smaller. Also the sliders seemed to be about half the size of what is served at the truck. Still, yummy food, amazing location, and great beer will bring me back for more.

  • sam-c October 15, 2012 (12:37 pm)

    (i didn’t actually eat all those things I listed by myself… just sharing diff. things with the family)

  • GreenGirl October 18, 2012 (12:33 pm)

    Breakfast burrito (house made sausage, potatoes, etc.) was delicious, and good-sized.

  • MSW October 24, 2012 (5:49 pm)

    Stopped in with my kids yesterday evening. I was surprise at how plain the place was. Not really inviting for a sit down dinner. Felt more like a sterile cafeteria. Ordered food to go and they did’t have any bags, had to use a cardboard lid to carry the food. The food was good. A bit pricy $8.50 for a rice type bowl. Great location, they need something on the walls and a kids menu.

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