There is a plethora of great Asian cuisine in Seattle. There are (almost) as many good Thai restaurants as there are Starbucks. When it comes to Chinese food though, it’s slim pickings in this city. Fortunately there are a handful of standouts in this category, with Shanghai Garden topping the list.
My buddy Dan set up shop for his new startup Ontela in Pioneer Square. His office is in convenient proximity to the I-District. So when Lauren and I were invited to join him for dinner tonight, I had to propose Shanghai Garden. We sampled three of my favorite dishes.
First, a favorite of Vidya‘s and Leslie’s: Eggplant and Hot Garlic Sauce (with pork), but without the pork so that it can be enjoyed by the vegetarians.
Next up, a dish I often use to judge Chinese restaurants on my first visit: Chicken in Black Bean Sauce. Shanghai Garden has consistenly excelled on this one. No matter how sated you become, you will be tempted to squeeze in just “one more bite” 🙂
Finally, a specialty of the house: Hand Shaven Barley Green Noodles with your choice of meat/veggies. They are trumpeted as a “healthy” dish: if all “healthy” food tasted this good life would be easy. For those that get queasy when dealing with green food, they also have hand shaven “regular” noodles (which are more of a light gold, “normal noodle” color). You’d be missing out on a unique pleasure though!
For those readers living on the Eastside, there is another Shanghai Garden branch in Issaquah.
524 6th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98104
(Lunch and Dinner)