Courtesy of Ascend

The Place

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi

The Drink

The Cloud N9ne


10400 N.E. Fourth St., Suite 3100, Bellevue

Hours of Happiness

Open daily for dinner 5-10 p.m., takeout from 11:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

With spring on the horizon, we’re craving color and brighter flavors after winter’s dull gray. Ascend’s signature cocktail, the Cloud N9ne, designed by their lead mixologist, Charles (“Chaz”) Lee, is as lovely to look at as it is to sip. A vodka base with St. Germain’s elderflower liqueur sweetness, their housemade vanilla syrup, and the delightful fizz of the popular Japanese soda Ramune, the cocktail is ideal for enjoying at home, easily put together in a chilled glass. “It is a drink that pairs with just about any food and stands strongly on its own. It is light and airy. It pairs well with acidity, so try it with the King Salmon Ceviche Roll. It also complements a more full-flavored dish, like the braised short ribs,” Lee said. Both recommendations are available on the continuing Ascend at Home takeout menu. Limited in-place dining also is available; as regulations continue being liſt ed, check Ascend’s website for details on reservations as well as placing to-go orders.