Last night for our sixth anniversary, Louise and I celebrated with dinner and a movie. Free from the responsibilities of caring for our beautiful daughter for the night, we made reservations at Zake’s Cafe in Fort Washington, a few miles north of where we live.
I discovered Zake’s several months ago while looking for a spot to meet a friend visiting from out of town. Though it doesn’t have a liquor license and it seemed very popular with the “ladies who lunch” crowd, my friend and I enjoyed an excellent lunch of fresh made sandwiches and desserts to die for. In fact, before it became a full cafe, it was mainly just a bakery called Zake’s Cakes.
Word on the internet at the various review sites gave this place glowing notices, and it lived up to the reputation. So, when my lovely wife mentioned it as a dinner spot for us, I instantly agreed.
I started off with carrot ginger soup, which in a was is a perfect way to herald the end of summer, and a good choice for curry lovers. Next, for an appetizer, I had the Grilled Scallops served on a skewer with peppers and onions, Thai Peanut Sauce and Thai Cucumber Sauce. I could have had a whole entree of that, but I opted for the Ginger Scallion Steamed Mahi Mahi that comes with Lump Crab Fried Rice, and Asparagus Tempura. Frankly, I can’t think of words special enough to describe all this so early in the day, but suffice to say, the meal would not soon be forgotten.
I finished off with the deep dish apple and blackberry pie, which for me — a real pie aficionado — didn’t quite live up to my expectation. I do like my apples crisp, but these were a little too much so. Louise’s chocolate bread pudding was a better choice, I think, but all in all, a fine meal.
If you’re in the Philly area, definitely give the place a try. It’s always good to find better eating options outside of the city.