Classic downtown restaurant Wild Ginger opens its third location — a South Lake Union expansion in the luxury apartment development McKenzie, on 8th Avenue and Blanchard Street — for dinner August 18. The modern, airy space features custom lighting and art, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an outdoor patio.
The new restaurant, called Wild Ginger McKenzie for its position on the ground floor of the McKenzie building at 2202 8th Ave., will serve the same pan-Asian favorites as the original (seven flavor beef, fragrant duck, and Sichuan green beans) plus some new dishes. Its focal point will be a huge satay bar where cooks will grill meat skewers over open flames. Diners will have access to a larger variety of satays here than at Wild Ginger’s other two locations (downtown and Bellevue), plus a long list of dipping sauces.
Owners Ann and Rick Yoder’s downtown flagship, which opened in 1989, has received praise in particular for its massive wine list, including recognition from the prestigious James Beard Foundation. The South Lake Union restaurant will have a smaller wine list, plus some original cocktails.
On August 22, the restaurant will roll out happy hour, lasting from 3 to 6 p.m., and lunch will start August 27. The restaurant plans to add weekend brunch later in the year.