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Peppercorn Bistro & Bar

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PEPPERCORN BISTRO & BAR: Executive chef Blanca Rodriguez grates cheese on a house favorite, Pasta de la Casa. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

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A strip mall restaurant in Federal Way turned out to be anything but expected. The metal-trimmed glass front façade at Peppercorn Bistro & Bar gives way to ultra high ceilings, while reclaimed rustic wood wall accents and a color palette mimicking the rich spices found in the restaurant's Latin American-European cuisine invite the opportunity to close your eyes and imagine what the words "swanky-rustic" might mean. Add intentionally paired Washington and European wines, creative cocktails with international liquors, prompt intelligent service and a moderately priced lunch and dinner menu and the full picture comes into focus.

Lunchtime at Peppercorn means casual comfort and an unrushed experience. Purple veined beet greens mingle with chopped romaine, green leaf lettuce and spinach in a nicoise salad. A beautiful, plump piece of grilled salmon crowns the dish. It flaked easily, retaining the right kind of oiliness. The true fishy flavor melds nicely with halved golden potatoes, salty Kalamata olives, sweet tomatoes and hardboiled egg. Haricort verts hold a welcome snap. Calamari appetizer is lightly seasoned and barely breaded - perfect for lunch.

Peppered shrimp bisque is topped with bay shrimp and served in a cute little ceramic pot with a lid. Ham and Gruyere cheese panini is fairly dry, but when eaten with a simple salad dressed in champagne vinaigrette, it all worked.

Peppercorn Bistro & Bar celebrates a one-year anniversary this month.

[Peppercorn Bistro & Bar, 34029 Hoyt Road SW, Federal Way, 253.838.2398]

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Caroline Vander Ark said on Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:36am

We've loved every meal at Peppercorn. So nice to have a quality innovative restaurant in Federal Way! Not only is the food amazing- but the drinks are to die for. Highly recommend the mango mojito and Pasta de la Casa.

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chris w said on Aug. 23, 2011 at 6:43pm

The last business in this place was called Asian Noodle House which I actually did a promo video for...guess it didn't help much :( And I live down the street so I should check Peppercorn out, thanks for the review!

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David Dustman said on Jan. 27, 2012 at 5:23pm

Wow, after find out what, Chef Blanca Has done to His Former Business partner and read last review from Steve W, and Ruben,
I am a resident of federal way for 10 years, I will never support Pimienta bistro and bar (formerly Peppercorn Bistro and Bar)
Why, Because I do not support fraud and larceny.....

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