juxworks on Trip Advisor
6 years ago
04/18/2015, 04:41 AM
Uping the game on nouvelle Chinese cuisine in Seattle
I ate at Zhu Dang twice within the last month tasting almost every dish on their vegetarian menu which is extensive and offered as an alternative to their main menu, which includes many of the same items.
Firstly there is a lot of choice which is great so vegetarians will not be relegated to "and your choice is Buddha's Delight :( "
I ordered a lot and there were no let downs. Okay I like my sesame noodles with a bit more tahini and sesame-oil ladened, but this is a minor point.
Both times I brought along meat eaters and vegetarians. All were very impressed. On one occasion a prawn dish was order and thoroughly enjoyed by the non-vegetarians.
What I really enjoy about this restaurant is the chef clearly understands the culinary developments taking place on China but that are very rarely seen in Chinese restaurants in western countries where the culinary development of Chinese resturant cuisine has been generally stagnant. The Chef's Xinjiang naan bread is an excellent take on a Northwest China staple. Her nine spice dofu is a delicious masterpiece infusing flavours that may seem to those unfamiliar with how Chinese has been developing unusual at first. The mushroom clay pot understands shows me this chef understands how wonderfully different mushrooms can play off each other - it brings me back to Yunnan, China. Her ability to make simple vegetables like asparagus and gailan elegantly tasteful, unmasked by gobs of corn starch, makes this my favourite Chinese restaurant in Seattle.
The wait staff was friendly, professional and knowledgable about what they were serving and the manager was welcoming both times, ready to make sure we had the right bottle of wine and were satisfied with our choice.
I found the prices affordable given the quality of food offered; the care taken in preparation and the fact the experience is in culinary terms unique in many ways to what is generally on offer.
Can't wait to eat another meal there as soon as I get back to town. Very excited that Zhu Dang is uping the game on nouvelle Chinese cuisine in Seattle.