The homemade desserts are really good, and the accompanying tea selections make this a nice place for an afternoon crunch.
The rose chicken appetizer is very yummy and the mock pork and beef (using mushroom stalk) are quite nice.
The owner Cathy is very friendly and the servers are quite attentive too.
This place is airy during lunch time and romantic at night. It has everchanging seasonal menu for both hot and cold items. I have tried both of their traditional food and fusion creations and found them to be equally satisfying.
Drink menu is extensive.
Chocolate fondue is a good dessert item to end a great meal.
This restaurant is a busy place at lunch when people in the Redmond area go for good value Japanese fare. The special bento is different everyday but always consists of sashimi, salad, rice, soup and udon. Food is good and servers are nice.
During dinner time, the deluxe bento has various delicacies and the eel bento is also good for its value.
This kaiten restaurant has a lively atmospher and the servers are friendly. However, the food is just so-so. I find its fish selection to be very limited but the appetizers are good. Pricewise it is quite high compared to others of equal food quality. I only go there when I happen to be in the area, definitely not a premium place worth driving a long way to.
This restaurant has a seasonal menu that can lure customers back again and again. I have tried their winter, early spring, summer and early autumn ones, and all are fantasic. Usually they have a bento with several delicacies, as well as some other fishes cooked in several ways.
Even without the specials, the regular menu has so many selections that it's a challenge to decide on what to eat. The presentation is lovely and the food is delicious.
Kisaku has a very lively ambience and a great selection of daily specials. Specifically, their oyster on a half-shell with ponzu sauce is very delicious. If you are away from the sushi bar, you should ask the server for their fresh sushi specials.
They have very nice looking and tasty appetizers, plus home made desserts like shiso/grapefruit sorbet, sweet potato cake, etc.
This Vietnamese restaurant is a head above others in Seattle. The ambience is romantic and the food is of very high quality. The noodle broth is very good, and there are many entrees to choose from. Recently I tried their 7-course salmon course (I usually dislike cooked salmon) and I am equally impressed. Taro cake dessert adds a nice finish to an already satisfactory meal.
Izumi is in the Totem Lake area, inside a boring strip mall. However, the decor is authentic and ambience is very cozy. Everytime I go there, I will ask the server for its daily special sushi menu. They carry quite a lot of specialties not found elsewhere, especially in winter when they have various whitefish and shellfish sushi.
This restaurant is the place to go if you like to try out delicious things not found anywhere in this area. The huge menu of appetizers is fun to navigate through and I've tried at least 50 of them, and all are good. The food looks beautiful, and tastes delicious.
The chef definitely loves to cook as it shows in his creation.
I recently tried their tempura too (I am usually too busy with the appetizers than to try to usuals) and was surprised. The tempura is not greasy at all and just unlike those in many other local restaurants. Once again I am impressed by the chef's skill.
My extended family has gone to Ginza with me for an omakase dinner and they were equally impressed.
PROS: authentic and delicous food
This Fremont restaurant has really delicious crepe in both savory and sweet flavors. You can also custom build your own crepe from the ingredients listed in the menu. Specifically I like the rum banana, and the apple brie. The cheese sampler ($8) is also a good addition to a lunch.