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Feb 11, 2009 03:54 PM

Samurai Noodle - Seattle

I made my maiden voyage to Samurai Noodle in the International District of Seattle earlier this week. I ordered the Chile Green Onion Ramen and really enjoyed it.

The broth was spicy and contained a ton of chopped green onions, maybe even a little too much, but hey it is what I ordered. The noodles were very good. I asked for medium firmness and they were cooked to order. They take their noodles seriously here. On their menu the say they provide take out, but suggest you eat in as the noodles get soggy and lose their al dente status after 7 minutes.

I would not consider myself a real Ramen expert, so I can't really speak to where Samurai Noodle fits on the Ramen quality scale, but I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and will be going back there again when my diet is feeling a little deficient in the Sublime category.

Billy Bob

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  1. Am glad to hear of your great progress through the delicious doors of your new town. We are old fans of Samurai's Tetsu Hellfire, and tonight we met the next entry for your 'sublime' list - Pork Belly Sliders at SPUR. omg.
    Back down to the ID = You should meet Pho Bac, on 7th, for, well, Pho, and Green Leaf, for ban jiao (sp?). Not far away, at 12th and Jackson, is Malay Satay Hut, along with a fistful of other great eats. The Bahn Mi all around the neighborhood are a whole new revelation in street food. OK, so it rains too much here for the actual street to make any sense, but they are the unreasonable combination of cheap/fast/good. Usually you get to choose only two. Cruise the site for reports.

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    1. re: mrnelso

      Mr Nelso,

      Spur is on my list of venues to try. I also am a big fan of Bahn Mi. Do you have a favorite amongst the 12th and Jackson options?

      Billy Bob

      1. re: Billy Bob

        Personally, I am a fan of the bahn mi at Seattle Deli, about one block north of Jackson on 12th.

        1. re: bergeo

          My favorite in this vicinity is the confusingly named "Vietnam Saigon Deli", 1200 S Jackson St # 7, Seattle, WA‎ - (206) 328-2357‎. The confusion arises because there are at least two other "Saigon Delis" in this vicinity, one of them perhaps "New". The one I prefer is a storefront facing west situated in a strip mall just North of Jackson.

          My favorite overall, however are at Pho Cyclo on Broadway, despite being $1 more expensive and subject to a "take-out" only policy--Cyclo is a popular pho joint as opposed to a deli like the 12th and Jackson bahn mi shops.

          1. re: equinoise

            Thanks for the tips. I had heard of Saigon Deli and the confusion of more then one instance. I hope to make it up there either tomorrow or early next week and will report back.

            The best we had in the Phoenix area was a chain that actually originated out of San Jose, Ca, called Lee's Sandwiches.


            I am salivating in rememberance...

            Billy Bob

            1. re: Billy Bob

              Saigon and Seattle deli are much better than lee's IMO.

              1. re: dagrassroots

                That is great to hear, because I loved Lee's! Thanks for the feedback.

                1. re: dagrassroots

                  Da Grass,

                  I went to Seattle Deli today and really liked my Bahn Mi, but I don't know I would go so far as to say it is better then Lee's. Maybe you and I are looking for different things, but I would still put Lee's a step up from Seattle Deli. Again I did like it and will go back, but just thought I would share notes. If you are interested, I posted more info on my blog listed earlier in this thread.

                  Billy Bob

          2. re: Billy Bob

            I have enjoyed Tamarind Tree since I was there on day two. They are definitely stylin' and sometimes I just need the Bon Bon salad (others good too) and those fresh rolls. We liked them so much, Tam hustled a fresh batch to our recepton. Since, though, have come the new Lemongrass and Green Leaf (ban xeao [sp?], for sure).

            We got to Spur the other night - oh yes. Pork Belly sliders, omg.
            Steamed clams another winner, though they usually are, wherever you go.

            We did a truncated banh mi crawl last year and Seattle Deli lot big time from stale rolls and general unfresh and untastiness, but these can surely vary a lot. Enjoyed Bahn mi 88 and bahn mi at Pho cyclo, on FIrst (liked the star anise hit in the Pho there).

        2. Tsukushinbo has a ramen special on Fridays where you get shoyu ramen and a plate of gyoza. Check it out - it's really good.