Anybody who has lived in Seattle for even a short period knows that it is not usually 70 degrees and sunny in October.
However, it appears that Seattleites will get a few more days of extended-play summer, and I can think of no better way to celebrate by visiting the new Marination Ma Kai.
Ma Kai means “toward the ocean,” and perfectly describes the restaurant’s location in the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle and its friendly, beachy vibe.
All of the Marination Korean/Hawaiian/Mexican food truck classics are available at Ma Kai, such as kalbi beef tacos, kalua sliders and kimchi fried rice. Eventually, after its “soft opening,” Ma Kai will be serving Hawaiian breakfast staples like Portuguese sausage musubi and loco moco and an extended lunch menu with fish and chips and a pork katsu sandwich. Ma Kai also has a full bar.
What I am most excited about though is the shave ice at Ma Kai. For the uninitiated, shave ice is a Hawaiian dessert that is made by shaving a block of ice and flavoring the fluffy, snow-like ice with flavored syrup. This is no Snoopy snow cone! Shave ice has a very fine texture, which allows it to completely absorb the flavor of the syrup. Ma Kai makes all of its own syrups, with flavors like lychee, guava and mango.
In true Hawaiian style, Ma Kai has the option of adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream and azuki beans to your shave ice. Vodka infusions are available for those who like their shave ice boozy.
If you are in downtown Seattle, hop on the West Seattle Water Taxi, which lets passengers off just steps away from Ma Kai. The water taxi switches to a limited winter schedule on October 29 so make plans to visit soon.