• Holiday Gift Packages from Shanik + Fonté Coffee! 11.25.14

    It’s time for holiday shopping and gifting! Save time and impress your loved ones with unique, local gift sets, pre-prepackaged for you. Shanik Restaurant and Fonté Coffee Roaster have the perfect gift packages for family and friends this holiday season.

    Short on time? Gift cards are also available at the following restaurants and retailers! Local 360 Cafe & Bar, Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge, Cafe Flora, Agrodolce, Golden Beetle, Tilth, Pure Barre Seattle & Eastside, and Diaper Stork.

    Fonté Coffee Roaster Holiday Blend + Coffee Mug

    Fonté Coffee Roaster is gearing up for the holidays with a new blend and an opportunity to give back to children in the community. This year marks the 22nd annual Fonté Holiday Blend and the micro-roaster will once again donate all profits from the sale of Holiday Blend to the Pike Market Child Care and Preschool.

    The Holiday Blend is a roasted combination of a honey process Sumatra, semi-washed El Salvador, and fully washed Sulawesi. It is heavy bodied with notes of candied fruit, bright apple and mango and long lean chocolate finish. Purchase the blend as a gift package complete with a 12oz bag and a sleek, black Fonté Kleen Kanteen for only $35. The Holiday Blend gift package is available for purchase online or at Fonté Café, located at 1321 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101.

    All profits from the sale of Fonté’s Holiday Blend will be donated to Pike Market Child Care and Preschool’s nutrition programs. It is their mission to make quality child care and family support accessible to families of all income levels. PMCCP’s on-site nutrition program meets more than 70% of the student’s daily nutritional needs providing breakfast, lunch and two afternoon snacks. All meals are cooked on-site, from scratch, with whole grains and fresh fruits and veggies. Learn more about their program here.

    Shanik’s Indian Gift Set with Turkish Wine
    Spice it up this holiday season and gift family and friends the opportunity to cook with Shanik’s housemade spices, drink fine Turkish wine, and serve up a delicious, healthy side dish.

    Chef-owner Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik is combining three special items for Shanik’s holiday gift package this year: a Masala Dhaba spice set, Diren Karmena Red Blend wine, and a Cauliflower Potato Purée recipe.

    The Masala Dhaba spice set is a staple in every Indian household. Shanik hand-sifts, roasts, and grinds the spices in-house. The traditional spice set includes Garam Masala, ground red cayenne pepper, roasted cumin seed, roasted ground cumin seed, dried fenugreek leaves and ground coriander.

    Meeru is excited to include a special Turkish wine with her gift sets this year: a 2011 Diren Karmena Red Blend. The Karmena Red blend consists of five different grapes, indigenous to Turkey and international variety. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot make up the balanced and delicious Red Blend, giving it body, spiciness and supple character.

    Rounding out the package is an exceptional recipe from Shanik’s kitchen, Cauliflower Potato Purée. The recipe is a perfect substitute for rice, bread, or plain mashed potatoes. Shanik serves its Cauliflower Potato Purée with many of their grilled or seared meats.

    The complete gift package with Masala Dhaba spice set, Diren Karmena Red Blend wine, and Cauliflower Potato Purée recipe is $50, and is available at Shanik’s Market, next door to the restaurant. Shanik is located at 500 Terry Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109.

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  • Shanik’s New Head Turning Menu Item 01.22.14

    Shanik, the modern Indian restaurant in South Lake Union, just launched their new menu and it’s already grabbing attention.

    Photo by Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times

    Cricket Paranta. Photo by Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times

    The brainchild of chef Meeru Dhalwala (also of Vij’s and Rangoli in Vancouver BC), the new menu boasts Turmeric and Ginger Sautéed Cauliflower, Grilled Venison Medallions on Tamarind and Date Purée, and Beet Bites with Candied Walnuts, to name a few. Displaying her dedication to food being nutritious and sustainable, Meeru also developed Roasted, Ground Cricket Paranta. A delicious dish served with spicy tomato chutney, the crickets are actually very high in protein and iron, as well as being a sustainable food source – Did we also mention delicious?! As Meeru says, “Cows and pigs are the S.U.V.’s; bugs are the bicycles.”

    Read about Meeru’s journey to develop this dish in The Seattle Times and then do your tastebuds a favor and perform your environmental duty by trying them yourself!

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  • Gift Giving Ideas 12.10.13


    Thoughtful gift giving is sometimes a challenge, but in a city like Seattle, you always have a ton of options for the culinary lover on your list. This year, we have two special ones for you! A beautiful gift set from Shanik restaurant that includes a signed cookbook from Meeru Dhalwala and a Masala Dhaba spice set to tackle any Indian cooking in the kitchen. The second is a very special offering from Maria Hines Restaurants – a progressive dinner at all three of her restaurants with transportation provided! If you’re looking for a gift for the fitness buff on your list, then Pure Barre has the answer – and the multiple locations to make redeeming the gift easy!

    As if these gifts couldn’t get any better, they also make great gifts to give to the most deserving, hardest working person you know – YOU! Spoil yourself for a long, hard worked year and indulge in gift giving for all!


    Shanik’s Indian Gift Set

    This holiday season give the home cook on your list something they can really use! As recommended in Seattle magazine and The Seattle Times, chef-owner Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik (and Vij’s and Rangoli in Vancouver, B.C.) is packaging two useful kitchen tools in one easy to give gift. The two-in-one gift profiles delicious home-cooked Indian cuisine in the form of Meeru’s award-winning cookbook and a Masala Dhaba spice set. “Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey: The Warmth and Ease of Indian Cooking” has received several accolades including the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award., Featuring vegetarian, seafood, poultry and meat dishes, “Vij’s at Home” provides stunning photographs and clear instructions for creating flavorful meals in less than 45 minutes.

    The Masala Dhaba spice set is a perfect partner to the “Vij’s at Home” cookbook. A staple in every Indian kitchen, the traditional spice set includes spices that are hand-sifted, roasted and ground in-house at Shanik restaurant. It includes spices used in the “Vij’s at Home” cookbook: Garam Masala, ground red cayenne pepper, roasted cumin seed, roasted ground cumin seed, dried fenugreek leaves and ground coriander.

    The cookbook and Masala Dhaba are packaged together for the holiday season for $85, also sold separately. It is available at Shanik’s Market, just next door from the restaurant (online soon at Shanik is located at 500 Terry Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109.

    Progressive Dinner Gift from Chef Maria Hines

    James Beard Award-winner Maria Hines is sharing the gift of culinary indulgence with a Progressive Dinner at all three of her restaurants: Tilth, Agrodolce and Golden Beetle. Enjoy a unique and relaxing three-course journey starting at Golden Beetle with craft cocktails and Eastern Mediterranean appetizers of your choice. From there, embark to Maria’s first restaurant for New American cuisine at Tilth, and enjoy 2 glasses of wine and 4 small plates. Finish the memorable night Italian-style at Agrodolce with desserts, a cheese plate and digestifs. The Progressive Dinner can be booked for self-indulgence or as a gift. Transportation is provided between restaurants. The Progressive Dinner is priced at $300 and includes tax, gratuity and transportation; expires Dec. 30, 2015.

    Progressive Dinner gift certificates can be purchased by emailing or calling Tilth at 206.633.0801. Visit

    Start Your New Year’s Resolution Early at Pure Barre

    Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution by taking advantage of Pure Barre’s special December offer, perfect for those wanting to start barre classes or who can’t get enough! From Dec.10-31, Pure Barre is offering 10 classes for $150, a 25 percent discount off their regular package price. This holiday offer can be used at all locations including Bellevue, Queen Anne, University District and soon-to-open Capitol Hill. To purchase, stop by any Pure Barre location. Limit four offers per person and can be used by the purchaser.

    The Pure Barre technique employs elements of ballet, Pilates and weights for a full body workout. After just a few classes, you’ll experience increased muscle tone, flexibility and weight loss. Classes are held every day, from morning to evening. Visit for class schedules and locations.

    Enjoy gift giving this holiday season and remember to take time out for yourself, too!


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  • Shanik Celebrates One Year Anniversary Week 12.02.13

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    The modern Indian restaurant that met eager diners just one year ago is celebrating their anniversary December 2-7, giving you six changes to indulge Shanik’s special three-course menu with wine pairings.

    In Indian culture, anniversaries are celebrated by giving to the patrons and friends, so in this case, Meeru Dhalwala has assembled a special menu for guests! Pairing wine with Indian flavors is not an easy feat, to that end, Oguz Istif has paired the menu for you with a red and white wine options for each course.

    The menu includes:


    Brussels Sprouts with Bell Peppers, Cashews and Paneer

    Lamb and Beef Kebobs with Creamy Bengali Curry

    Beet Bites with Creamy Fenugreek Chutney and Candied Walnuts


    Gilbert Cellars Gewürztraminer 2012


    Georges Descombes Beaujolais Brouilly 2011



    Kalonji Chicken Curry

    Kale, Jackfruit and Cauliflower Curry with Roasted Almonds

    Beef Short Ribs in Black Cardamom Curry


    Hiedler “Löss” Grüner Veltliner 2012


    Terradora di Paolo Aglianico 2010



    Indian Custard

    Dates Stuffed with Khoa and Walnuts


    Quady Electra Mosc

    Join Shanik this week for the celebratory three-course menu for $32, optional wine pairing flight for an additional $20. Please visit for reservations or call 206.486.6884.

    We look forward to celebrating the success of Meeru, Oguz, and the entire team at Shanik this week!

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  • Welcoming our newest client: Shanik Restaurant 07.22.13

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    Few other restaurants that opened in 2012 had the hype of Shanik Restaurant. From the family of the famed Vij’s and Rangoli in Vancouver, Canada, Seattleites knew they were lucky to get such world-class Indian cuisine in the center of South Lake Union.

    The lines came, just like at sister restaurant Vij’s, and waits were 2-3 hours long when they first opened. Yes, in Seattle! Creative, unique Indian food at the thoughtful hand of chef and author Meeru Dhalwala created quite the frenzy.

    Shanik is thoughtful, gracious and delicious – and we are thrilled to add the restaurant to our client list! Working with chef-owner Meeru Dhalwala and owner Oguz Istif while promoting the interesting, delicious and one-of-a-kind cuisine is making our summer! From thoughtful dishes, such as the Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicles above, intricate stories and unique spices and ingredients, this restaurant is raising the level of Indian cuisine in our area.

    Get a taste for Shanik and chef Meeru Dhalwala at her recent KING 5 appearance below, discussing the health advantages of Indian food and showcasing how to spice of your vegetables for the whole family.

    We’ll have more Shanik news soon! Pop in for weekday lunch, Monday-Saturday dinner and enjoy their beautifully appointed lounge. Be sure to say hello to Meeru for her personal touch on the Shanik menu – Enjoy!

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