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Restaurants with Seattle or pacific northwestern feel?

especially since they are family friendly too!

Oct 28, 2014
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SEA: your top 10 in the ID serving any type of Asian food (except dim sum)

to add to people's list already here.

Mike's Noodle House - Wontons and Congee.
Kau Kau - the char siu (bbq pork)
Thai Curry Simple - Khao mun gai (thai hainan chicken) served only on Sat and Mon.
King Noodle - but i go there for the clay pot rice.
Tsukushinbo - i like most things there and at a good price but friday is their well known ramen...but wednesday lunch is their okonomiyaki.
Tamarind Tree & Thanh Vi - I get their rice wrap rolls but on the tray. (Khay style). DIY Rice rolls. great interactive meal.

Oct 27, 2014
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Big Chickie Report

Excellent! I love Pollo alla brasa! How does it compare to San Fernando?

Sep 25, 2014
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

What's the most unique food experience in Seattle?

Sorry if I'm late to the party here. But these are all great suggestions.

I'll add Rainier BBQ. It's neither on Rainier Ave nor is it American BBQ but a very authentic Vietnamese restaurant where you can get delicious Vietnamese DIY rolls and exotic meats. They have a whole catfish that is daunting.

Also you may try grabbing a friend and tackling one of Radiator Whiskey's smoked Pig Head.

Apr 06, 2014
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Ramen

I think the Tsukushinbo shoyu ramen is your best bet. but its only friday lunches and need to line up for it.

i havent been to Bloom but i believed they carried over the Showa ramen recipe.

Jan 09, 2014
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Wonton Noodle House, Edmonds

not to mention it is rare to get great service at a noodle house. but HKMG definitely has it. I once got a service survey to fill out there. Unheard of!!

Dec 23, 2013
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Your favorite chowish discoveries of 2013.

Billy's Tomatoes from Walrus and the Carpenter.

Heirloom tomatoes with olive oil, salt, and vanilla oil. outstanding.

former Shiro's sushi chef, Daisuke's tamagoyaki. sure he failed at making it over 200 times for Jiro. but my God, he did it right in Seattle. The taste and texture was like pure poundcake. Best way to finish an outstanding omakase sushi meal.

Dec 23, 2013
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Ramen

I liked it the first time round. but the second time i'm realizing that although the broth is super rich, i get sodium overload halfway through the bowl. I've tried both the original and the shoyu. I'm afraid to try the miso if it's even saltier.

but... you do get a little reward if you finish the broth...

Dec 23, 2013
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Ramen

i will backup 100% all the recommendations Pao has made. I went last friday to 4649 and I only wanted more after a half portion. They also serve a miso ramen during lunch as well.

Sep 24, 2013
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Question about Shiro's...

You will have to lineup on a Sat night before they open. I tried and failed a couple months ago on a Sat night for two as well. I did go to Sushi Kappo Tamura where the itamae was trained by Shiro who was trained by Jiro.

Sep 09, 2013
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Seattle's Best Sandwiches

pretty much my holy trinity.

Aug 26, 2013
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Cronut

i dont know if anyone is doing the cronut,

not the same, but there are some amazing kouign amann at Crumble & Flake and just recently had one at Bakery Nouveau

A delicious birthday dinner at Shiro's Sushi Restaurant in Seattle

I saw Ethan Stowell's twitter post a picture today with Shiro behind the sushi bar.

I tell people that a sushi chef is like a favorite barber or hair stylist. you find one that you like. and you develop that relationship. and they get to know what you like and then that omakase gets that much better!

May 30, 2013
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Are Chinese restaurants in SEA under-visited?

Thanks for the tip dagoose! I will have to keep that in mind on my next trip. I do believe there is a stark difference between Hanoi style pho and HCMC. I once had a bowl of "Hanoi-style" pho at Turtle Tower in SF. It was starkly different from what I remember. Next trip I'd like to just eat my way through Vietnam. Cheers!

May 10, 2013
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Are Chinese restaurants in SEA under-visited?

The food followed the money. All the wealth of Hong Kong immigrated to Vancouver before China took it back. That is why some of us like to call our neighbor to the north, Hongcouver.

My theory is that it is the Cantonese immigration wave. My generation has had no interest in owning or opening a Chinese restaurant. Driven in part by the parents to focus on American education and for better paying careers.

The food i enjoy are mostly owned by northern Chinese or Taiwanese owners. because it's very easy to extend their menu to include the Chinese American favorites. Yea's Wok is a prime example. They're Taiwanese, but do great things with their Cantonese dishes. It's a down cycle right now for Cantonese food. Until there is a demand in Seattle for better quality with a nice place to go to, it'll be hard for it to succeed. I never got a chance to go to Bako before it shut down but I was rooting for it.

and on a tangent, on my recent trip from taiwan, i had the most amazing dumpling at the original Din Tai Fung. The black truffle soup dumpling (and for some reason, the XLB there tastes so much better than the ones made in Bellevue). Now that's a prime example of innovation and fusion that Cantonese cuisine has been lacking here.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/aztkbfo6veu...

May 09, 2013
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Are Chinese restaurants in SEA under-visited?

funny. i just recently came back from a SE Asia trip that included Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Bangkok, and Taipei. I was left largely unimpressed with the pho and pad thai. i can kind of figure out why about Pho, we have better ingredients and the bones and marrow needed to make Pho in the States are cheap by-products where as in Asia they are in demand.

but really it was only pho that was disappointing. HCMC's food is amazing.

my picture of the bowl of pho i had. https://www.dropbox.com/s/dnn8v7e1rb5...

May 09, 2013
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Are Chinese restaurants in SEA under-visited?

a bit of background. I am a chinese american with my family very close to the Seattle Chinese community and restaurant scene having owned a chinese restaurant and provided food deliveries to many chinese restaurants. so i can provide an intimate viewpoint.

I believe some of the reasons is a couple of outside economic factors and a change in demand.

community maturation and migration
as seattle's chinese population matures, the successful chinese move out of the international district or beacon hill into the suburbs for a better life and schools for their kids. bellevue has flourished with this and the good food follows the money.

immigration:
as the americanized chinese move out and spread out into the suburbs, seattle's international district is replenished with the next immigration wave which so happened to be vietnamese and ethnic chinese vietnamese back in the 80s. my dad's business provided bean sprouts to pho bac when it first opened (my life being phoever changed). we are seeing now the first generation of the vietnamese community grow up and learn to americanize and elevate their cuisine where the Cantonese have not. the most recent immigration wave would be the Taiwanese and mainland China as they come over to the States to study or visit. Which begat the recent trend of Taiwanese, Northern Chinese and Shanghainese cuisine (Din Tai Fung). Where the Cantonese were from the poor South that found work in America, this new wave of Chinese are the more wealthier and educated from across the seas. They too have helped transform their cuisine.

parking:
also bellevue has free parking that makes it less compelling for eastside chinese and anyone wanting to eat a cheap chinese meal to drive to seattle and pay for parking. i talked to Tom the owner of Subsand and he complained that he sells a $5 sandwich but parking is $3 (they recently gave a reprieve on the parking meters for the ID).

why we are eating less at Chinese restaurants in Seattle?
I believe the Seattle palate has diversified and matured. No longer is there a demand for egg foo young or chop suey. Seattle has a love for the healthy or the cheap like pho and teriyaki. Although orange chicken is delicious, fried dark meat chicken with a sweet orange glaze won't show up in your low carb, paleo diets of today (and white rice!). I have been disappointed in the lack of innovation or elevation of the Chinese Cantonese cuisine (i am cantonese) and have joked the last new invention was honey walnut shrimp. The lack of emphasis on service and atmosphere in a Chinese restaurant has hurt the vertical more than they realized. I believe that's why PF Chang's and the Bellevue Din Tai Fung's are so successful. Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese have all elevated the cuisine and provided a great atmosphere to enjoy a meal. The demand is there and the Seattle Chinese scene hasn't supplied it. I believe that's why Din Tai Fung will do well in U Village.

Sorry for the long rambling post. But this has all been in my mind the past few years.

May 08, 2013
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Are Chinese restaurants in SEA under-visited?

i agree with both you and christy319.

used to live in SF and a frequent of their SF board before moving back home to seattle and as a chinese american i can maybe provide some insight why the trend.

the chinese in SF's chinatown isnt considered any good anymore because the successful chinese have migrated to the suburbs for better living conditions and schools. the good food follows them because they follow the money. chinatown is then refilled with the next immigration wave which so happens the most recent are a lot of ethnic chinese from vietnam. there are some exceptions in Chinatown like those you mentioned and R&G Lounge that survive off the Financial District crowd and the tourists.

May 08, 2013
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Update on Fuji Bakery

just had a croissant today at Fuji in the I.D. Unfortunately it was missing that legendary flakiness and texture.

It is not the same. =(

Apr 02, 2013
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Seattle Restaurant Week

It looks like the restaurants and their menus are up for April's Restaurant Week. What are some of your choices to try?

http://seattletimes.com/seattlerestau...

Mar 22, 2013
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Best "Little Gems" in town

also, if you are going with your friend to Bakeman's... let your friend go first in line.

The Bakeman's nazi will ask your friend to pay for yours as well. ;)

Feb 18, 2013
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Japanese ramen chain to open store in Bellevue

"Please bare with us" made me smile.

So I did go check them out on Dec 21st, the 2nd day they were open. I can attest that they did run out of food items and still have many kinks to work out.

Service:
Service was spotty in what I observed. the bowls of ramen didnt come out at the same time to a table; a young couple with a baby was left unattended that i had to wave a server down to help them, were just some of the examples that i recall.

Izakaya:
they pegged themselves as a ramen and izakaya joint and also had a few skewers. we ordered the spinach and ginger soy dressing and the karaage (we just finished snowboarding so dont judge me!). the spinach was undercooked and the dressing was so salty that it was inedible. the chicken karaage was ok but you cant really screw up fried chicken. their izakaya dishes seem to be an afterthought to the ramen.

ramen broth:
along with shio, shoyu, and tonkotsu, they have the yuzu-shio and a chicken broth that i cant remember right now. we ordered the shoyu and the yuzu. the shoyu broth was great! it had much more depth than a typical flat shoyu broth. my yuzu-shio had a light sweet citrus taste with a salt back to balance it. i found the broth to be highlights. they do lack a miso broth so a good miso ramen is still missing in Seattle.
Ramen Noodles:
noodles were firm and chewy. not a highlight for me but definitely not a lowlight. bad noodles could sink a place for me.
Ramen toppings:
the bowls came with some veggies (yu-choy or mustard greens), a chargrilled slice of chasu which was excellent and sets kukai apart from other Seattle ramen joints. i only wish there was more. The flavored soft-boiled egg came in whole where some pictures showed that it was halved. i love me some soft boiled eggs in ramen and dont get that much at other Seattle ramen restaurants. I wish it was halved so i dont have to take caveman bite out of the egg and have all the yolk spill out at once.

conclusion:
i'll be coming back. although the izakaya and the service wasnt to par on my experience, i knew it was only the 2nd day. I will give them sometime as i know they put their first focus on the ramen. i suggest getting their a little before 5pm as we were there and already had a line before they opened. i'm sure they will fix their izakaya menu items after more practice. plus i am a sucka for bacon wrapped mochi skewers.

Dec 27, 2012
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Japanese ramen chain to open store in Bellevue

called them last night and they picked up. The lady said they will be opening on Dec 20th. Along with the regular broths they will also be featuring a Yuzu-Shio broth that i'm excited to try.

Dec 12, 2012
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Banh Mi for Cristmas

second Yeh Yeh's.

There's also a Seattle Deli on 99 not too far as well and is cheap and delicious. But I prefer Yeh Yeh's.

Dec 09, 2012
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Anyone going to the Joule Preview Night Tonight?

Would love a report on the menu and atmosphere.

Thanks!

Oct 23, 2012
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Good lounging and/or working cafes?

Bauhaus is a coffee shop in Capitol Hill thats open late. They sometimes play their music too loud for my liking but thats what my earbuds are for. Grab a window seat and you can ppl watch to your heart's content.

Oct 19, 2012
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Hole in the wall seafood recs?

just trying to fit into OP's original request of a no frills nothing fancy hole in the wall.

Oct 19, 2012
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Best sushi Queen Anne neighborhood

drive north to fremont for chiso, east to eastlake for sushi kappo tamura or south to belltown for shiro's.

Oct 10, 2012
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Hole in the wall seafood recs?

Whoa, before slandering on a place, at least do some research. Crawfish House doesnt used frozen crawfish tails. used to get their shipments from Louisiana before it got too expensive for them (from what i heard).

and White Center has some destination worthy places to eat. Zippy's, San Fernando, Proletariat, some of the best Mexican and Viet restaurants. I wouldn't buy a house there, but i'm not gonna slam it either.

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/OaxLsM...

Oct 10, 2012
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle

Hole in the wall seafood recs?

Upper Queen Anne has a hole in the wall fish house called 5 Hooks. Affordable seafood, very nice people. nothing fancy but does the job.

Oct 10, 2012
shaolinLFE in Greater Seattle