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Best of the bunch - Chinese Restaurants in Seattle (NOT north, east, or south)

I am hoping to find a non-Szechuan restaurant recommendation in Seattle. I know. I know. But, I really want to find one IN Seattle. I know it might not be as good as Vancouver or even the east side but I am interested in your recommendations.

We go to Jade Garden for dim sum sometimes. Have you had other meals (non-dimsum) there?

And although not necesarily Chinese, what do you think about Red Lantern?

What about Chiang's on Lake City Way?

Mike's Noodle House or Fu Man Dumplings?

Any place in the ID?

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  1. I like JG for dim sum only.

    Sea Garden used to be my go to place, but not as much any more. Red Lantern isn't bad.

    1. My one dinner at Jade Garden was mediocre at best. No experience with the others...I have pretty much given up on stellar or even very good Chinese cuisine in Seattle.

      1. I've had some decent meals at 663 Bistro and Hing Loon in the ID, but haven't been in a couple of years (my home and office used to be nearby; now, not so much)

        Jade Garden is best avoided for anything but dimsum.

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          1. re: NoodleQueen

            rumor has it that the chefs from 663 opened up Fortune Garden in the former Ga Ga Loc location. I've eaten there a couple times and have been happy for Seattle Cantonese food. The interior is also cleaner and upscale for being new.

            plus, i usually dont mind a health violation now and then for my chinese restaurants, but 663 had one too many for my liking. i'll still eat at 663, but not by choice anymore. =\

            also OP, I would throw in Gourmet Noodle Bowl into your list. They are famous for their hotpot, but their noodles are homemade and i havent been disappointed in their dishes as well.

            1. re: shaolinLFE

              +1 Fortune Garden

              I stumbled upon Fortune Garden while on Jury duty and was greeted by our old waitress from 663 who assured me that they have almost the same menu as 663 but with more seafood and that anything from the 663 menu that we missed they would make for us. In a couple visits I found the food to similar to 663 and maybe just a bit better.

        1. Prefer Sun Ya to Jade Garden for dim sum. Really like Shanghai Garden and becoming a Red Lantern convert.

          1. Chiang's on Lake City is my personal favorite, but others have their specialties--Sichuanese Cuisine on Jackson is good, Mike's for congee or noodle soup, King Noodle for giant, not necessarily authentic noodle bowls, Sea Garden for Seafood ONLY, Fu man for greasy street food style dumplings, Sichuanese Noodle Bowl for noodles, Gourmet Noodle Bowl for hot pot, and Shanghai Garden for Americanized Chinese. Henry's for Taiwanese.

            1. Red Lantern is not bad, though it's more Korean-inspired Chinese the last time I tried them.

              Jade Garden is pretty mediocre. Harbor City across the way is clearly better for dim sum. Avoid places like Sun Ya, Hong's, or Ocean Palace (or whatever their current incarnation is). They're for tourists (and I suppose also Jade Garden in that regard). There's a Dim Sum King on Jackson which always advertises dim sum for $0.50 or $0.60, but I heard they're terrible.

              King Noodle just revamped their menu and it's a series of checkboxes now where you elect your ingredients. The stone-bowl rice dishes are pretty good, but the quality of the ingredients used in their noodles is a bit low (but then it's not expensive).

              Hard Wok Cafe up on Jackson in Little Saigon looks promising - with a lot of the same items as Facing East in Bellevue. But I haven't tried.

              Mike's dumplings/wontons is miles above Fu Man in workmanship.

              Hong Kong Bistro and 663 serves similar Hong Kong style cafe food. Most other places in the ID will be of similar quality (i.e. average - but oh boy avoid Pacific Cafe). In terms of quality in the ID, I think Henry's Taiwan, King Noodle, and Red Lantern win out.

              Chiang's is definitely worth going to - both for their breakfast menu and otherwise. Avoid their steamed bun / dumpling items and you'll do fine.

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              1. re: HungWeiLo

                I quite like King Noodle especially since you can customize the order pretty much however you like. Their chive, shrimp, and pork potstickers are the best I've had in a while. They are plump and extremely juicy with nicely crisped bottoms. I think something like 6 for $4. I could eat a dozen.They also make some szechuan style appetizers which we found very fresh and tasty.

                663 is famous for their salt and pepper chicken wings which are really dry fried chicken wings with a slightly sweet, slightly spicy glaze. Their noodle dishes are generally good (avoid the XO sauce here) with a nice "breath of wok" sear to them. The main dishes tend to be greasy and salty.

                I find that Dim Sum King is actually not bad. Especially anything that uses a glutinous rice dough (sesame balls, salt water dumpling) they do really well. Their rice noodle crepe is a pass. I would say their food is about on par with all the other mediocre dim sum in Seattle.

                Jade Garden has acceptable dim sum but the place is filthy. They used to make excellent egg rolls with just shrimp and yellow chives but last time I went they started to cheap out and add cabbage.The pan fried dumpling with green chive and shrimp is always good here.

                I quite like Hard Wok Cafe. I'm not much of an authority on Taiwanese food but my friends from Taiwan quite like it. They make an excellent soy egg. Their tofu and grass jelly or shaved ice desserts are especially good.

                Henry's Taiwan is very inconsistent. Sometime is pretty decent, othertimes it's intolerable. Not sure what's going on.

                1. re: HungWeiLo

                  If Sun Ya is just for tourists, then 90% of the tourists who go there are Asian.

                  1. re: Jeffo405

                    Hyperbole or not, that place just plain sucks - on the level of Portland Chinese food. The Asians who go there, judging from the few times I've been there, don't look Chinese to me (I hear a lot of Tagalog). There are also some Vietnamese places in Federal Way packed with Korean diners, but they're certainly not very good.