On a nice day, the Black Night and I dropped by Marination Ma Kai after a day at Lincoln Park as he liked the idea of kalibi beef in a taco form. It’s one of those Asian fusion concepts that you have to try in order to fully appreciate its brilliance. The patio was crowded on a sunny day, but be warned, the draft coming off the water makes it really cold. Bring a jacket if you think you want to sit in the sun or get a better view of the cityscape. This is after all, one of the most iconic views of Seattle, after Kerry Park.
I’ve also been to Marination Ma Kai one dreary winter day with my sister after a jaunt to Bakery Nouveau. It was December – on the plus side, no line! We both enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.
They also serve Hawaiian shave ice, with the traditional azuki beans (sweet red beans) but are missing the condensed milk. If it ever gets warm enough in Seattle, this is definitely a delight. Marination’s food truck received national acclaim and started the entire food truck craze, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a funky twist on a few favorites, wonderfully executed, and delicious!
Overall: happily ever after
Highlights: kalibi beef tacos, katsu burger, kim chi fried rice
Footnotes: a great place to take out of town guests and a nice stroll to Alkai beach; amazing view of Seattle from across the water; the first food truck; expect to wait in line, but you can also try ordering at the bar to skip the line; closed on Mondays