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Heart’s Delight—–Dim Sum at Tea Palace

In 1 on April 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm
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Tea Palace
2828 Sunset Ln NE
(between 10th St & N Kirkland Ave)
Renton, WA 98056

(425) 228-9393

The food: My wife and I hesitated to try this place based on many of the reviews out there.  However, we always want to give it a shot ourselves and see.  Honestly, we were glad we did.  The dim sum was very good, fresh, with a wide selection and we thought the quality was comparable to many “good” places touted downtown, without the drive and other associated hassles.

The service:  We had excellent service.  When we got there,(at 11:00am maybe a little earlier), there was not a ton of people, but the place filled up quickly and my water glass stayed full.  Also, even though there doesn’t appear to be as many food carts as we have seen in other places, we were never left wanting food.  Also, my wife asked one of the staff about a particular dish we were fond of, she politely told us the kitchen had not yet fixed it.   However,  about 15 mins later she made a trip back to us to let us know that it was now available and asked if we still wanted it.
Ambiance:  The restaurant is huge and nicely decorated, it also doubles as a karaoke bar on Thursdays(be warned  🙂  ).
Price point:  Honestly we had eight dishes ( we were hungry and took home a doggy bag), and thought the bill was extremely reasonable, under $40(easily) dollars with tip.
Miscellaneous: Lots of good close parking, with some other interesting shops to browse in the area, especially one of our favorite Asian grocery stores.

All in all a very worthwhile endeavor and one which we will be repeating in the near future.  One note:  if you are used to your dim sum places having a dozen or so carts running around at once you won’t see it here, but we definitely had no issues getting food.


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In 1 on April 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Buenos Aires Grill
2000 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-7076

The food: We purposely didn’t eat any beef all week in anticipation of eating here. All I can say is, GLAD WE DID!! We had a platter called the “Parradilla”, which seemed to come with every type of meat on the menu, and a heaping plate of garlic fries. First, the meat was done to perfection, and had a wonderful smokey taste imparted by the wood fired grill, the fries were superb(be warned here you had better be a garlic fan, 😉 ). I keep thinking to myself, “I shouldn’t have had any of the bread..”, this was a lot of very tasty food, not for the faint of heart, or non-carnivorous folks. FYI, we left with enough left-overs for two more meals at home.

The service: Our waiter was good, he kept my water glass full(this is really my biggest pet peave when it doesn’t happen) and took care of us without “hovering”.

Ambiance: this restaurant has the type of atmosphere that could easily lend itself to a formal dinner, but still retains a very relaxed atmosphere.
Price point: Well the food isn’t the least expensive in the city, but for great dishes the price is much better than some other comparable spots(Ruth Chris, El Gaucho). I will say the bar’s happy hour is reasonable $4 for drinks(they make a very nice Mojito).
Miscellaneous: Again, parking can be a drag,surprise,surprise in downtown. One other quirky thing, the restaurant shares the building with the nearby Bourbon Bar, so the restrooms are also shared. Not a big deal, but don’t expect the restrooms to match the rest of the place. We have already decided that we will be going back, once we have worked off the last meal there.  One other thing, if you are going to any performance at the Moore Theater, this restaurant is literally a stones throw away.