Restaurant of the Week: Di Fiora

Located in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood is Di Fiora, a vibrant and trendy Asian-European-inspired restaurant. Chef Thidaphat “ChimmeAriyahirantrakul, owner and executive chef of Di Fiora, strives to bring her love for Michelin-starred restaurants and high-end dining to her Seattle-based restaurant. Her creativity to create art with food has inspired a menu of both aesthetically pleasing and tasty dishes.

Walking into Di Fiora is an experience all on its own. The bright and colorful space is filled with flower walls, plants, custom artwork and stunning gold light fixtures hanging above the bar. Offering both indoor and outdoor dining, you are transported out of the busy Seattle streets to a quaint restaurant tucked away from the chaos. With the large garage doors open during the spring and summer months, you are able to enjoy an indoor/outdoor vibe while dining.

Enjoy one of the signature cocktail or “mocktail” specialties that Di Fiora has to offer. The popular Pink Lady is crafted with Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose, pink grapefruit juice, triple sec, fresh lime juice, grapefruit bitters, rose water and soda. This botanical cocktail is both light and refreshing. Turn up the heat with The Dark Night, Di Fiora’s version of a spicy margarita, poured with Bird’s Eye chili-infused tequila, mezcal, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, grapefruit bitter and finished off with butterfly pea flower tea and a Hawaiian black lava salt rim. This photogenic and spicy signature drink is a customer favorite.

All plates are created to be shared family style, allowing you to try multiple small, medium and entree sized-dishes. The Vietnamese crunchy spring rolls are a Di Fiora special, as well as a vegan and vegetarian option. For those with no dietary restrictions, the DiFi crispy wings are always a hit, comprising deep-fried marinated chicken wings, served with a sweet chili dipping sauce. The salmon tartare is equally as Instagrammable as it is delicious. The dish features beautifully plated raw salmon, mint, lime leaves, avocado, black tobiko and finished with house-made sauce and spices. Chef Chimme utilizes both locally sourced and organic ingredients for all the dishes.

Continuing through the menu, Lobster Lover is one of Chef Chimme’s signature dishes. This whole lobster tail is placed on top of fettuccine, bell pepper, onion, celery, shrimp and egg, then finished with black tobiko and a house-made curry sauce. Lastly, check out the lunch special, available daily from noon to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. This lunch combination is $16.95 and comes with Jasmine white rice, Malaysian coconut soup and a half portion of chicken and garlic pork.

Di Fiora is open seven days a week, Monday through Sunday for lunch, noon to 4 p.m., and dinner Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m. If you’re looking to enjoy these plates in the comfort of your own home, Di Fiora offers online ordering and takeout.

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