by Stranger EverOut Staff
This week, Seattle gets two exciting new dining destinations with the official grand openings of Musang in Beacon Hill and Rondo in Capitol Hill. Plus, Rachel Yang’s nationally acclaimed restaurant Revel moves back into its Fremont digs, and the Asian-Tex-Mex food truck Phorale announces an upcoming brick-and-mortar location in Columbia City. Read on for more of the latest food news, plus events like the Cloudburst Brewing Four Year Anniversary. For more ideas, check out our list of food and drink specials to try in January, our list of the most anticipated restaurant openings of 2020, our list of the most notable restaurant openings of 2019, and our full food and drink calendar.
Musang, the highly anticipated restaurant from Filipina-American chef Melissa Miranda, soft-opened over the holidays in the former space of Travelers Thali House in Beacon Hill and officially had its grand opening on Thursday, January 9. Weekend brunch will follow on January 25. Melissa specializes in Pacific Northwest-influenced, Filipinx-inspired food and previously ran a pop-up under the same moniker, which comes from her father’s nickname (he drove a Mustang that was missing a “T” in the decal, and “musang” also means “wildcat” in Tagalog). In an episode of PBS’s No Passport Required that aired on Friday, December 13, and revolved around Seattle’s Filipino culinary scene, chef Marcus Samuelsson hung out with Melissa (and shared a home-cooked meal with her and her family in her home). The menu at Musang includes pork sinigang (a sour tamarind soup), adobong sitaw (a dish with long beans and chanterelle mushrooms), inihaw na hipon (head-on shrimp with shrimp paste and pineapple chutney), and adobong pusit pancit (noodles topped with calamari, made with squid that Melissa’s father catches himself).