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Make it at home: Big Fish Grill’s Pan-Seared Halibut by Issaquah’s Chef Timothy Chism

Bring Big Fish Grill’s gourmet cooking into your home with this savory recipe


“Alaskan Halibut season is upon us and it’s a great time to try a new recipe. For inspiration, we turned to Chef Timothy Chism of Big Fish Grill, which specializes in perfectly prepared seafood with a Northwest twist. Chef Timothy shared his personal recipe for pan-seared halibut with blueberry-blackberry chutney, a preparation that accentuates the fish’s light flavor by pairing it with a sweet sauce. This recipe is easy enough for a weeknight, but perfect for an elegant weekend dinner.

With its mild flavor, halibut is a wonderful fish to cook at home. The fishing season, which runs from mid-March to mid-November, offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy halibut’s subtle flavors at peak freshness. The only trick is to avoid overcooking. Halibut cooks quickly and is done when you can flake it with a fork.

(And if you want to take the night off from cooking, Big Fish Grill is currently serving Alaskan Halibut. Ask your server about the daily special.)

Big Fish Grill’s Pan-Seared Halibut with Blueberry-Blackberry Chutney
Serves 4

Blueberry-Blackberry Chutney

1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. raspberry vinegar
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 ½ cups frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen blackberries
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
¾ tsp. grated ginger
½ cup minced onion

Combine liquids and sugar in a saucepan, and dissolve over medium heat. Add berries, onion, lemon juice, and ginger. Simmer 20 minutes or until thick. Set aside.

Halibut Preparation

4 skinless halibut fillets (each fillet should be 4 to 6 ounces, and 1 to 1 ½ inch thick)
olive oil
salt and pepper

Pat the fish dry. Heat a sauté pan until it is hot. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the halibut. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Cook on one side for 2 minutes. Turn the fish over and cook for an additional 2 minutes; this should take no more than 6 minutes cooking time total. Remove from heat and transfer to a plates Drizzle with chutney.

Chef Timothy’s Recommendation: Serve with rice and seasonal vegetables. Fresh asparagus is a particularly flavorsome complement to halibut.”

Delicious Family Dining at The Big Fish Grill

The Big Fish Grill | Issaquah

By Katrina Cameron, your Eastside Publisher Mom
Feb 23, 2017

“As a parent, there are days we just need one meal off. When work meeting after work meeting completely drains you or managing pick ups, drop offs, and extra curricular activities all the while keeping the well-oiled home and family life machine running day in and day out just wears you out, these are the times you think, “The last thing I want to do is cook another meal, especially one that makes everyone happy.” So you start to think of all the kid friendly restaurants your family can enjoy.

But this time you think, “I want to go somewhere special, somewhere really delicious, somewhere unexpected.” Where is this place? I’m here to tell you to put your phone down and consider this your Yelp review for the night. Go to The Big Fish Grill. And don’t think twice.

This was exactly how my day played out the night my family went to The Big Fish Grill at Grand Ridge Plaza in Issaquah Highlands. We needed the food to magically appear at the table and have the dishes whisked away when the meal was done never to be seen again, and we each wanted to fully enjoy our own food selections!

The lighting and ambience mellowed out my toddler and the TV-less dining area brought the attention back to the table before we broke bread. Both the family conversations and focus on my daughter’s kid’s menu coloring were the kinds of quality time and connection we needed to close up the long past few days.

To top it off, Steve, our server, was fantastic. He gave land and sea menu recommendations we could not refuse, with the exception of dessert which was not due to lack of interest, but simply because we did not have the post-dinner stomach space…”


Issaquah’s Hottest Seafood Restaurant Rediscovered

Thank you to our friends at Grand Ridge Plaza & Macaroni Kid for recognizing how “hot” we are!

“Forget about fish fingers. When you want to treat yourself to a seafood feast, head to The Big Fish Grill. Add the signature Big Fish Martini to your order – or one of 11 beers on tap – and you’re on the way to a memorable night out. The restaurant, which is located next to Regal Cinemas, is currently celebrating its third anniversary. We caught up with manager Mike Anderson to ask what’s new.

big-fish-grill-mediaBig Fish Grill built its reputation on seafood. What are some of the hidden gems on the menu?

You might be surprised that two of our most popular menu items are the Filet Mignon and New York Steak. In fact, our steaks rival grilled salmon as a favorite of many regulars. We also have an approachable kids menu, including Fish & Chips and Grilled Wild Salmon. Kids eat free on Mondays, too.”


New Chef & Fresh Flavors in Town

Big Fish Grill Issaquah welcomes Executive Chef Tom Rhyneer

By: Suzanne E Lee for Regency Centers

executive-chef-tom-rhyneer“There’s a new chef in town at The Big Fish Grill Issaquah: The restaurant rung in the New Year by welcoming Tom Rhyneer as its new executive chef.

A Midwest native turned Seattleite, Tom first made his mark on the Seattle restaurant scene as executive sous chef of the Sorrento Hotel and Hunt Club Restaurant, where he trained with Chef Brian Scheesher. He’s spent the past decade in Florida, where he was executive chef for The Atlantic Hotel and its restaurant, Trina, in Fort Lauderdale.

A self-described “total foodie,” Tom brings a touch of Latino and Caribbean flavors – plus definitive New Orleans and Creole recipes – to Big Fish Grill’s classic Northwest menu. It’s an approach that reflects his culinary training and experience on both coasts.

Drop by the restaurant at Grand Ridge Plaza in Issaquah Highlands this week and you’ll find a N’awlins Mahi Po Boy on the menu, plus Baja Tacos and Shrimp Scampi.”

“The Big Fish Grill is located at 984 NE Park Drive in Issaquah Highlands at Grand Ridge Plaza. For reservations, call (425)-369-4334 or visit You can easily make reservations on OpenTable, too. Free parking is available in the adjacent parking garage. Street parking is also available.

Directions and Parking at Grand Ridge Plaza14: From I-90, take Exit 18 and follow E Sunset Way/Highlands Drive toward Issaquah Highlands. Continue on Highlands Drive for about half a mile to arrive at Grand Ridge Plaza. The shopping center offers plenty of free parking.”



Posted on May 5th, 2015 | By Haley Hamilton | Original Post

“Lunch is on the boss this month! Well, that might not be totally true, but there has to be a chance they’ll foot the bill for at least one of these.

May is National Burger Month and to celebrate we’ve rounded up 31 scrumptious burgers, one for each day of the month. You make the pitch, we’ll be your back-up support.”

The Big Fish Grill
Chipotle Black Bean Veggie Burger – Caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, balsamic glaze, mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomato accompany this non-beef eater’s delight. It also comes with the option for a side of sweet potato fries. Kirkland, Issaquah, Woodinville

Dining out with Kids, Local Style: Part II

big-fish-grill-mediaApril 30, 2015 | By: Regency Centers

“What are your dinner plans? If you’re craving something new, there are plenty of options for family dining at Grand Ridge Plaza. In the second installment in our series devoted to dining out with kids, we’ll pay a visit to three newcomers who have a knack for making kids – and their parents – very happy. These sit-down, full-service restaurants offer something for everyone. To top it off, each is a quick walk from PinkaBella Cupcakes, Caffe Ladro, Ben & Jerry’s, and Regal Cinemas, too.”

big-fish-grill-media-2“Big Fish Grill: Owned by local entrepreneur and mom Carrie Orrico, Big Fish Grill gets kudos from parents for their Seafood Cobb Salad, Seared Sea Scallops and Coconut Crusted Rockfish, as well as their Wagyu Bacon Cheddar Burger. Their kid’s menu offers dishes in the $6 to $8 range, including Cod Fish & Chips and Chicken Tenderloins. We’ve heard from young diners that the Kid’s Seared Wild Salmon with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Veggies is delicious (an adult entrée version is also available). Each kid’s meal comes with milk, juice or soda, and they’ll substitute fresh fruit for fries. The relaxed setting and pleasant service make for a great evening out. BONUS: Kids eat free on Monday nights. You’ll receive one free kid’s meal with every paying adult at your table. Big Fish Grill is located at 984 NE Park Drive.”