My girlfriends and I recently went on a weekend trip to Plain, WA. One of my friends has a family cabin there and we had such a nice time. The scenery was beautiful and it’s only 30 minutes outside of Leavenworth and two hours (without traffic) from Seattle.
It was nice to get out of the city and enjoy some fresh air. We went hiking on Saturday morning and it was a beautiful four mile trail along a river.
That evening we had reservations at Mana in Leavenworth. I was really looking forward to this dinner because it was something different from what I had ever experienced in a restaurant before. The meal is set up in a way that you are served at the same time as the rest of the patrons which brings in a sense of community to the evening. There was only one seating at 6:30pm that night and the meal consisted of eight courses. Yes, you read that right, eight. The whole meal lasted about three hours but the time really seemed to go by quickly.
The chef (and owner) was very hands on with plating and serving the dishes. He came around to all the tables and spoke with everyone in the restaurant. He answered our questions and was really knowledgable and passionate about the whole concept of the restaurant which was really special.
I loved that all the ingredients were locally sourced and each course was plated beautifully. As a whole, we liked almost all of the dishes but had a few stand outs: the Galangal-Lemongrass-Roasted Carrot Soup with Lemon-Cocounut Cream and Micro Cilantro; Cured Golden Beet “Pastrami,” Sunny Pine Goat Chevre, Hope Farm White Raspberry Gelee and Whipped Black Garlic Butter served with Bavarian Bakery Baguette; and the Citrus Pecan Brittle-Lavendar Coconut Creme- Gibbs Farm Strawberry Torte with a Yuzu Whip.
The food was so fresh and prepared with minimal oils and no heavy cream that it was really easy to actually eat all eight courses. By the last course I was feeling pretty full but overall everyone was really pleased with the meal and we truly enjoyed our experience.