Rosario opens ‘The Mansion Restaurant’

Dan Koommoo hard at work in the kitchen of The Mansion Restaurant at Rosario.

Dan Koommoo hard at work in the kitchen of The Mansion Restaurant at Rosario.

Rosario Resort has made the mansion’s restaurant its own again.

Last summer the mansion’s restaurant space was leased out as the Quilted Pig; the previous summer it stood empty.

This year marks the debut of The Mansion Restaurant, quietly opened this spring under a new cordon bleu chef, Dan Koommoo.

“We are just very excited to be open again,” said general manager Christopher Peacock. “The response we’ve gotten has been very heartwarming. To me, the best review is, they just came back for a second night.” He said return guests include local families, and that prices are a lot lower than in the past.

Peacock aims to make The Mansion Restaurant reknowned for first-class seafood.

“We have a wide range of clientele from all over the country, and the first question they ask is, ‘Where can we get good seafood?’” he said.

The restaurant is open for dinner Friday through Monday. Peacock plans to add breakfast and lunch by mid-May and be up to 50 employees this summer.

Koommoo last worked as executive chef at Novelty Hill and Januik Wineries in Woodinville, where he specialized in wine pairing dinners, cooking classes, and wedding/special event cuisine. He has experience as chef and manager at restaurants like the Bellevue Marriott; the Attic Cafe in Salish Lodge and Spa; Earth & Ocean restaurant in the W Hotel Seattle; and various Marriott hotels across the country.

Koommoo attended Le Cordon Bleu School in Ottawa. Born in Thailand, Koommoo attended high school in Atlanta and says the only kind of food he doesn’t really know how to cook is … Thai. He leans toward French and Italian cuisine.

“In our chef search, Dan was the cream of the crop,” said Peacock.

Kommoo also has a degree in industrial design, and with his help Peacock plans to restore the original Moran kitchen to its place behind the bar, opening the boarded-up windows to allow observation of the kitchen.

His girlfriend, Mollie McCown, will be the restaurant and bar manager.