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Mee Sum Pastries: Cheap, Delicious Eats in the Market
Many things about Mee Sum defy what you may assume based on the name and the categorization of this eatery.
First of all, it's not a restaurant in the traditional sense.... it's a counter (in Pike Place Market) where you order your food. There is no place to sit other than the public benches, etc. around the market.
Second, while some of the pastries they sell are indeed sweet, what you should order at Mee Sum is a Humbow. I like the traditional BBQ pork, as well as the chicken and mushroom. If you've never had a Humbow before, you'll be a bit surprised by the sweetness of the dough surrounding the filling. It is a taste sensation. And it's $3 - including tax!
Third, most people think of rice when they think of Chinese food. I can't say for sure, but I don't think there is any rice on the menu.
Another treat I've tried is the crab wanton, which some of you may know as Crab Rangoon - the Americanized Chinise appetizer.
Vegetarian Bistro: Fresh Hong Kong Style Vegetarian Restaurant
A great vegetarian chinese restaurant in the International District area of Seattle. There are lost of ingredients you don't see at your typical chinese carry out...including lotus root and pea vine. The dishes are very attractive. The ambiance is quite nice, and the owners and servers are very friendly.
Favorite Dish: I have enjoyed all the dishes I've tried here, but still love the vegetarian dim sum the best. The veggie dumplings are tasty and attractive.
Chinoise: Pan-Asian Cusine in Queen Anne
If you're looking for a really classy asian restaurant with fantastic food then this is your place.
Be sure to carefully look over the menu because there are several offerings that are not your standard fare.
Favorite Dish: They offer Chinese, Japanese, and Thai offerings.
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Wasabi Bistro: Sushi!!!
This is a great place for sushi beginners. They specialize more in rolls than true sushi, but don't let that discourage you if you're more experienced. These rolls are to die for! Great flavor, great presentation. They also have sashimi.
The ambience is retro chic, dark woods and exotic colors. If your into sushi, you'll quickly realize these are great prices. They also have a yummy list of creative concoctions from the bar.
Hours: Mon-Fri 11AM-2:30PM & 4PM-1AM
Happy Hour: Sun-Thurs 4PM-6PM & 11PM-1AM
incl. extensive list of rolls 1/2 price
Sam's Sushi Bar & Grill: A Sushi Find in Ballard
I've been meaning to try Sam's Sushi for some time now and finally got around to it. I can't believe what I've been missing! The do take-out, which is what I had, but the restaurant is nice and clean and the service is friendly.
Favorite Dish: I got a couple pieces of nigiri (unagi and hamachi) but the item that really impressed me was the Rainbow Roll. I've ordered this roll at many sushi establishments and am usually somewhat disappointed. But this Rainbow roll was fantastick! Fresh & tasty fish, avacado at the perfect stage of ripeness. Delicious.
Judy Fu's Snappy Dragon: A great place to take the family!
This restaurant is located in a small house in the Northgate area of Seattle on Roosevelt. I've been coming here for 8 years and have never had a bad experience. The food is excellent and the portions are great for a family event. If you are any where near North Seatlle or Northgate Mall this is a must!
Favorite Dish: So many favorites! I love the chicken chow mein with homemade noodles. The homemade pot stickers are excellent. My sister in law loves their egg plant. My husband loves the Generals Chicken. My brother in law loves the sweet and sour soup. Our whole family loves this place!
Koji Osakaya: MMMMMMmmm.....Sushi
Koji Osakaya is a very nice little restaurant to get sushi. The restauaunt has a wide selection of sushi as well as other Japenese menu items. A person can eat for about $14 or so up to $30+ dependiong on what you eat. I was very pleased with the quality and prices of the sushi i had. But i have heard others talk about this place with less enthusiasm than i have. It seems that sometimes the place is not too good...and other times it is pretty good. Maybe i just haven't been to places as great as some others have then I don't know.
The restaurant is also located near the water front on the "Harbor steps". If you are looking for sushi you can't go wrong here.
Favorite Dish: I liked all that i had. The fish especially the salmon is very very good since the fish market is so close by. A "Philly roll" is called a "Bagel roll" here but it was still really good.
Nikko in the Westin: All You Can Eat Sushi! - CLOSED : (
Nikko also closed in September 2003. The former chef and his wife have opened a Japanese restaurant in Gig Harbor.
Normally I'd be kind of frightened by all-you-can-eat anything - especially sushi. But Nikko serves GREAT sushi (and rolls) for $14.95 at lunch time. It's a limited menu, but there's ample variety to keep your palate happy.
It's not a buffet, you actually order off a menu and are served. They limit over-ordering by making you pay extra for anything you order but don't eat, but you can order some, eat it, and order more.
The restaurant setting is also very nice.
Yen Wor Village: A little known gem
Great food, great price, and a pool room to boot. I highly recommend that you get a side order of Honey Walnut Prawns, they are fabulous!!!
Favorite Dish: If you are very hungry, try the Village Special (Won Ton Soup, Pork Egg Rolls, Sweet/Sour Shrimp, Pork Fried Rice, Snow Peas/Beef and Vegetables, Almond Fried Chicken) and order a side of Honey Walnut Prawns.
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Kau Kau Barbeque Market: One of Seattle's great little secrets
Glistening, barbecued meats hang in the front window of this International District eatery that has cornered the market in great Chinese barbecue takeout at rock-bottom prices. A clean but sparse restaurant lies beyond the takeout area. Here diners can enjoy the rest of the restaurant's menu, which features seasonal vegetables, Cantonese specialties and, of course, several barbecue dishes. Service is fast and efficient, but can be curt (remember the Soup Nazi episode on Sienfeld).
Favorite Dish: The Chinese BBQ Ribs are to die for!!!
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'Ohana: Japanese Polynesian Tiki Bar
'Ohana is great fun. The decor is like a tiki bar, and they serve tropical drinks and island and japanese food.
The menu is set up so you don't have to order a big meal. You can order a robata and a few pieces of sushi, and get out of there without paying an arm an a leg.
Favorite Dish: I love sushi, so that's what I've primarily eaten at 'Ohana. Love the Unagi. The Beef and Asparagus Rotaba is also quite tasty.
They make a nice vodka martini too, if you're not into sweet drinks.
Mara Grill: Mara Grill
Bar area, front table area, back and upstairs tables are long U-shaped tables with grill in the center. If you order anything that requires grilling, the chef will come to your table with all ingredients and cook in front of you. Friendly waitstaff and chefs during the lunch hour (haven't ever been there in the eve to attest to that staff). If you order the fried rice, you may get the chef who is so talented to 'juggle' the egg on his spatula before cooking it fun and impressive!
Favorite Dish: This is a Japanese-style restaurant at its best! My favorite menu items are the sushi and bento boxes. In particular, the steak bento box with side of fried rice. Both time I've had the steak, it's been so tender that it practically melts in my mouth. It was so good that just thinking about it makes me drool for more. ;-}
Toyoda Sushi: Toyoda Sushi
This is a small, very friendly, neighborhood institution -- yet people come from all over Seattle for what many consider to be the best sushi in town. Although located in a rather remote area (Lake City, take the #72, #79, or #306/312 buses from downtown), it's worth the trip. (Fortunately, it's only a couple of miles from my house!) ;-)
Favorite Dish: Everything! The sushi is all incredibly fresh, and the tempura and teriyaki are outstanding too.
Now I wouldn't know...but I am...
Now I wouldn't know...but I am sure I can still recommend some of the great places in *Chinatown.
To me half the fun of chinese is a dark restaurant, with fountains, dragons, fish ponds, and statues.
I am sure by poking around plenty of these can be found.
Japanese Gourmet located near...
Japanese Gourmet located near Pike Place Market.
Located in the Pike Place Market district, this wonderful Japanese sushi restaurant is not only inexpensive, but has some of the freshest fish I've ever had at such a reasonable price. If sushi is not your thing, they have a great selection of tempura, gyoza, soba, udon and teriyaki
Favorite Dish: SUSHI!!!!!
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