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Jun 11, 2005 08:56 PM

Attn: East Coasters- Where's The Decent Chinese Food In Seattle??

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Hi. My wife and I have tried several of the highly recommended Seattle Chinese food restaurants we've read about and have been disappointed every time. I wanted to see if anyone here who's from the east coast (like from New York city for instance) has found any gems here?? We're not afraid to drive if it means finding some great chinese food in the greater Seattle area. Thanks in advance.

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    Nick Nussbaum

    Most of the chinese here,especially Szechuan, is not in the same leauge as NY or even Boston. Tryaeafood, although I haven't had a good clams in black bean sauce here. I'm not up on the International District current favorites. One old standby is Shanghai Gardens in the International District for the hand cut green noodles.

    My current favorite is Jeems in Redmond at 148 and 24th in the Safeway Mall. Hong Kong Seafood with good dim sum at lunch. It's the only edible hot and sour soup I've had here.

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    1. re: Nick Nussbaum

      Thanks for the response. I'm going to check out Jeems this week. I have to believe there is at least one restaurant here that fits the bill. We moved here from Portland and while it took several years we finally did find a restaurant that was just as good if not better than anything I could get in New York. It turns out this restaurant (A Taste Of China in Lake Oswego) imported their cook from New York. Anyway, I have to believe Seattle will have at least one great Chinese restaurant given the asian population. I hope and pray this is the case at least!

      1. re: Mike

        I just moved here from DC... I have tried several places and found Judy FU's to be totally overrated.

        However, Shanghai Garden is really good-- esp. the hand shaved noodles and the soup dumplings. It's always busy in there which does tend to be a good sign.

      2. re: Nick Nussbaum

        Hey Nick. We went to Jeems the day I read your post. It was packed when we got there which is always an encouraging sign. We ended up having dim sum since it was Sunday. I have to say it's certainly the best Chinese food we've had so far. I'd like to go back and order off the menu next time. Thanks for the recco.

      3. It would help a lot to know where you've been already and what you didn't like about those places.

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        1. re: KathyR

          Hi Kathy. Here's where we have been to so far. Any new suggestions would be appreciated....

          Louie's Cuisine of China - yuck.

          Judy Fu's Snappy Dragon - mediocre food but probably
          had the most flavor of anything we've had so far in Seattle.

          Shanghai Garden - ok but nothing special. not much flavor.

          Seven Pepper Pepper- probably the worst chinese food I've ever tasted. We left both our entrees pretty much untouched. The hot and sour soup was ok though. The most memorable thing about this restaurant was that Bill Gates and his wife sat down next to us. That was cool.

          Jade Garden - can't even remember the food. It was ok but not memorable at all.

          Chinese Wok - not bad but nothing special. Tasted like the home made chinese food I would make at home with my wok.

          1. re: Mike

            I'm with you on Judy Fu's. So overrated.

            If you really hated Seven Stars Pepper (I'm seriously puzzled by this) and Shanghai Garden, however, I'm afraid you're destined to be disappointed by Chinese food in Seattle. I love Seven Stars and know scores of people who do as well.

            Give Sichuanese Cuisine a try (in the Asian Plaza, NW corner of 12th & Jackson). You don't go here for the atmosphere, but the food is excellent (the Chinese community in Seattle seems to agree) and very cheap. The same restaurant is also referred to as "Lo Sichuan."

            1. re: KathyR

              I too am blown away by someone hating Seven Stars Pepper-I've never had a bad dish there (their crab is one of my all time favorite dishes). What did you order? Was the food truly bad or do you prefer other types of Chinese rather than Szechuan?

              Also, no one has yet mentioned T and T Seafood in Edmonds. I believe it's Cantonese, if you are looking for that.

              1. re: KathyR

                I agree with you on Seven Stars Pepper and Sichuanese Cuisine (isn't it called Sichaun Noodle House, though? Maybe they changd the name. I know they changed the sign.). Perhaps more importantly, my Chinese friends agree, and in fact are the ones who got me to try these places. But, I suppose it's possible that my Chinese friends have never had the privilege of eating Chinese food in New York, so maybe they don't know what they're talking about.

                1. re: BradS

                  Brad: It's always been Sichuanese Cuisine (AKA "Lo Sichuan") as far as I know. If they've changed the sign, I have no idea, since unfortunately I moved out of Seattle a few months ago. I'd love to hear confirmation from someone who drives past 12th & Jackson, though.

          2. My favorite is Imperial Garden in the Great Wall Mall near Ikea in Renton.

            I've heard nothing but raves about Seven Stars Pepper in the International District for Szechuan food.

            A Chinese co-worker told me recently that Yee's Wok in Newcastle is the best place he's found in the Seattle area.

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            1. re: tighe

              That's Yea's Wok if you really want to find it ;) And I highly recommend their do si xue yu... sea bass with crumbly spices and red sauce.

              Also, Sea Garden in Bellevue is good with excellent service.

              I'm not from the east coast, but I've eaten CHinese food there... its tough to beat.

              1. re: starflyer

                Thanks for the reply. Adding your suggestions to the growing list!

              Honeycomb Seafood Restaurant
              Kau Kau BBQ fnor lunch.
              Top Gun for dim sum.

              Rainier Valley/Rainier Beach:
              Hong Kong Seafood for dinner or sim sum
              Saigon Dynasty Seafood both vietnamese and chinese but stick to chinese
              Golden Lakes Restaurant small menu and slow but good.

              try these before you judge Seattle, theres also many more

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              1. re: josh

                Top Gun in the ID has been closed for some time. There is one in Factoria -- haven't been, but I heard it is on par with the old ID one.

                1. re: Nick Z

                  I actually think the Bellevue Top Gun is better than the one in Seattle, mostly because it is a larger space and has more variety. It's my favorite Dim Sum place in the Seattle area - although House of Hong seems to have improved some since they remodeled.


                2. re: josh

                  Correction its the Honey Court Seafood Rest., also order some crab!

                  1. re: josh

                    Thanks for the list. I will definitely check each one out - one by one.

                  2. I'm curious about the significance of East Coasters' opinions on this matter. The West Coast tends to have better Chinese food and more sophicated palates when it comes to Chinese food, in my experience, and a lot more San Franciscans, Los Angelenos and Vancouverites travel to Seattle than New Yorkers. You are most likely discouraging some valuable inputs.


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                    1. re: Gary Soup

                      Everyone knows you can't get any good food outside of NYC....

                      1. re: Madhatter

                        Houston is good for Tex-Mex, Seafood, and Barbeque. NY does have the best Chinese takeout.

                      2. re: Gary Soup

                        Well I guess it's all personal opinion. All the restaurants we've tried so far were highly reviewed in the major newspapers in town. I was trying to take a different angle to find a restaurant that was more in tune with what we considered tasty Chinese. I've definitely had some great Chinese food in Vancouver BC and San Francisco without having to look very hard.