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Mar 6, 2007 02:46 PM

In The Bowl - Veg. Noodle Bistro <SEA>

In the location on Olive Way near Denny Ave. that housed the dreadful Coffee Messiah for many years has emerged a new noodle house. In The Bowl Vegetarian Noodle Bistro had to completely gut the existing space and has transformed it mostly into a kitchen. Few tables line the west wall with 3 or 4 seats at the counter up front. The whole place is your expected, tacky noodle house decor. Ever the sceptic, yet always willing to give something new a try, I went for lunch today. The Phud See Ew is my noodle house staple, and this one was quite good, if a little salty. I order it 5 stars and I got maybe 1 1/2, typical here in Seattle, but the spices were diverse and flavorful and kept my palate happily warm. The fresh tofu was oh, so fresh, not dried out or rubbery but firm and creamy and perfectly heated. The wide rice noodles were also unusually fresh and though they were not well seperated in the dish they were still perfect. There are over 60 items on this menu including many different curries, fried rice dishes and appetizers. Soy protein meat substitutes are available (shrimp, beef, chicken, fish, duck imposters) if you're into that (bleck). I can't wait to go back and try another dish. 1554 Olive delivery w/ $20 min. purchase......lunch and dinner 7 days a week until 10:00pm.

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