East Meets West: Enjoying Delicious Asian Food in Bellevue Eateries



At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Bellevue's best restaurants–gems that make a trip to the Eastside even more alluring. And while we appreciate venues that offer a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a single cuisine.

When we're in the mood for Asian food in Bellevue, we head to Hunan Garden (a reader favorite), or we count on Chantanee Family Thai Restaurant's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places–and any of the restaurants on our list–to be fantastic options for Asian cuisine.

While seafood reigns at kitchens across the Pacific Northwest, Bellevue in particular features a bounty of ethnic eateries, with Asian cuisine often stealing the show. (The Northwest may be known for salmon and Dungeness crab, but cultural foodies from across the region often trek to Bellevue to explore and expand their mealtime horizons.) We wish you a happy and delicious journey! 



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Peking Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Amos Y.


 

Peking Chinese Restaurant, a Bellevue eatery well-loved for its homemade noodle dishes (like Takana Soup Noodle, for example) has been family-owned and operated since 1983. The team says, "Our customers are a part of our family. Our food is always made from the freshest ingredients, the lowest amount of oil and is also low in cholesterol and fat. Because we believe that we are responsible for our customers' health, we strive for the finest quality in our foods." Check out the venue's lunchtime deals as well as chef specials that range from Hot & Sour Soup and Kung Pao Chicken to Mongolian Beef.


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Pho Express and Specialties


 

When you're in the mood for tasty, cozy food in a pleasant atmosphere, be sure to check out Pho Express and Specialties. The restaurant is located in Kirkland, and the venue was recently remodeled. The menu at Pho Express and Specialties features a wide array of great selections, made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something certain to please every member of a dining group (vegetarians, too!). Pho Express and Specialties claims to have established itself "as one of the area's favorite culinary destinations and is sure to offer you a pleasant and unique dining experience every time you visit."


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Ask around, and you'll quickly discover that Wild Ginger is a definite Seattle favorite. The James Beard Award-winning restaurant that introduced the satay bar to the US also welcomes an eclectic mix of business people, families and celebrities. Fragrant Duck is the signature dish, but Pow Wok Lamb and Drunken Quail are excellent choices as well. At the lively bar, enjoy a vibrant buzz, an award-winning wine list and great happy hour specials. (The downtown Seattle location, attached to popular, subterranean music venue Triple Door and its Musicquarium Lounge, proves the perfect spot to grab a delicious meal before hearing live tunes.)


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Din Tai Fung
Photo courtesy of Din Tai Fung


 

Din Tai Fung was founded in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1958 as a cooking oil retail shop, before transitioning in 1972 into a full-fledged restaurant. It has since become world-renowned for its soup dumplings and noodles, and Seattleites are thrilled to have two outposts of this delectable, raved-about restaurant here in their fair city. (The tradition of Din Tai Fung continues in global locations like Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Thailand.) Guests laud the shrimp and pork shao mai dumplings, as well as other, noodle and rice dishes.


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Flo Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar


 

The stylish, romantic Flo Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar caters to all the senses and proves perfect for a first date or taking the family out for a nice dinner. Known for its freshly prepared sushi, Flo also features a variety of hot selections, such as the shrimp and vegetable tempura and chicken teriyaki. Visitors can even opt to let the chef decide with a specially-prepared featured meal. No matter the occasion, you can expect the finest service and food at Flo Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar in Bellevue. Check out happy hour specials that include house sake or saketini cocktails.


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P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Photo courtesy of P.F. Chang's


 

This fashionable Chinese bistro gets high marks with Seattle's trendier diners, who adore the contemporary interior and eclectic menu. Start with do-it-yourself lettuce wraps; these alone are worth the trip. Afterwards, choose any route you'd like, from Szechwan to Hunan, Cantonese to Shanghai. Chang's daily specials are always worth considering–keep your fingers crossed that they include Szechwan shrimp or pan-fried noodles. According to owners, "Many guests don't realize that P.F. Chang's has a scratch kitchen...We hire chefs, not kitchen managers. Even the simplest tasks, like julienning carrots, are done with passion. The pinches and folds in the dim sum must be perfect." This attention to detail has helped the restaurant gain longstanding popularity.


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Tokyo Japanese Restaurant


 

Your search for the perfect sushi joint ends at the Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in Bellevue. Serving fresh, quality sushi, Tokyo Japanese Restaurant features all the favorites, including California rolls, tempura, scallops and more. At lunchtime, try the Bento Box special with sushi, sashimi and sunomono, served with the "freshest ingredients" and miso soup. For dinner, try one of the restaurant's many Japanese platters and combination plates. Try the seafood combination or ginger pork with their homemade ginger sauce. They also offer a variety of combination plates, which include a house salad, soup and rice, with your choice of two items.


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Shanghai Cafe


 

Surprising flavor combinations and innovative dishes break the mold of traditional Chinese eats at Shanghai Cafe, making it a welcome departure from the norm. The restaurant's strip-mall facade and casual decor belie the food's quality and presentation. Try an appetizer of chili-spiked cucumber or the "vegetarian goose," which pairs shiitake mushrooms and tofu. Enticing entrees include sautéed sugar peas, a cilantro-tinged dish that combines chicken and jellyfish and the house specialty: addictive, hand-shaved barley green noodles with your choice of meat. For dessert, try the pan-fried red bean cakes, among other delicious dishes. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.


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Top Gun Seafood


 

Admittedly, picking one or two top-notch restaurants from the many located throughout Seattle can be a daunting task. Top Gun, though, makes at least one of the choices a no-brainer; its famously tasty dim sum and traditional Chinese fare attract a large number of fans every day, especially at lunchtime. White linens and friendly service are added perks. Best of all, prices won't send you running. Well-known for their dim sum menu, served daily until 3 p.m., Top Gun also features perks like food with no MSG added, a premium selection of Chinese teas and a full-service bar, among other draws.


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Monsoon


 

Expertly prepared Vietnamese cuisine consistently draws a hungry crowd to this family-run restaurant in Bellevue (with another popular location in a quiet stretch along Capitol Hill). The menu changes seasonally and offers an extensive selection. Vegetarians relish the lemongrass tofu, while omnivores delight in the rich flavors unleashed in banana leaf-wrapped halibut and tamarind soup. Efficient service and reasonable prices add to the appeal, as does a rocking weekend dim sum brunch that takes place on Saturdays and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (The Capitol Hill outpost features a stunning rooftop deck, perched high in the trees above 19th Avenue East.)


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