In case you couldn’t tell from all the food photos I share, I’m a total foodie. I love to try new restaurants and share new spots with you guys. There’s a new Seattle category on the sidebar for more posts that are all about this city! Recently I got to try out three new Seattle restaurants that totally live up to the hype. Keep reading to see what I ate, drank, and thought. (I apologize in advance for any drool that may end up on your phone screen or keyboard. You might want to grab a snack before you keep reading.)
Tentenyu Ramen Seattle – 1510 Belmont Avenue
Tentenyu serves Kyoto style ramen and is about as authentic as it gets. The owner’s mother and sister started the business as a food stall in Kyoto and the business has slowly made its way to the Pacific Northwest with the original owner operating this location! The shoyu based chicken broth is flavorful and not overly salty. It pairs well with all the ingredients that they proudly make in house. Something unique to try is the Toripaitan ramen which has chicken meatballs in it. I highly recommend the appetizers and other dishes at Tentenyu as well. I’ve never had such amazing chicken karaage. More on the appetizers below!
I had the Tentenyu ramen which comes with three slices of chashu while Jared opted for the most popular ramen: Tentenyu chashu ramen. For $4 more, you get a whopping eight slices of chashu. Meat lovers: you’ll love this one. To me, the chashu has good flavor but it was a little on the lean side. For $1.50, I definitely recommend adding the Ajitama egg. It’s a soft boiled egg that has a delicious, almost-sweet pickled flavor.
By the way- do yourself a favor and order some of the cold sparkling peach sake. It’s amazing.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka University Village – 2626 NE University Village St
Eastsiders, you might be familiar with Hokkaido Ramen Santouka from their Bellevue location. I’ve been there a few times so I was excited to hear that another location will be open at University Village for all my Seattle friends across the water. (Shout out to UVillage for having so much free parking – a rarity in Seattle.) It was a great experience hearing from the founder who flew all the way from Japan for the opening festivities. We also learned about their partnership with Microsoft where a robot will greet you and collect preferences before offering menu suggestions. So fun! (And yes, that is a barrel of sake.)
The Halal Guys – 101 Yesler Way
As much as I enjoyed the two ramen restaurants, I’m most excited for The Halal Guy’s to be in Seattle! I had the famed chicken & gyro platter when I was in New York City a few years ago. It was SO good that I tell everyone that they have to get Halal Guy’s there. I was raised on the West Coast so personally I’m glad there are more locations on the superior coast now ;) This Pioneer Square store is the first to open in Washington state but you can find several locations in California.
The menu is simple and doesn’t need much explanation, but take my advice if you’re new to Halal Guy’s and order the regular sized combo platter. Don’t forget to get the white sauce! The platter has rice, chicken, gyro (beef), lettuce, tomatoes, and pita. The hot sauce is SUPER spicy. Even Jared, who has the craziest spice tolerance, was having a hard time eating this hot sauce. If you are brave enough to try it, I would highly recommend you ask for them to go light on the hot sauce. The regular is a hefty portion but you’ll thank me later when you have some leftovers. It’s that good.
The restaurant is small and this is a great place to grab food to go and enjoy elsewhere, by the way. Also worth noting that I was really impressed by how friendly all the staff was. If you are new to Halal Guy’s, ask any of them for recommendations and they will gladly offer their suggestions.
Are you drooling yet?? I hope you guys consider giving these new restaurants around Seattle a try! I’m looking forward to trying more restaurants and sharing them in future blog posts.
Huge thank you to Michi Suzuki and all these restaurants for hosting me! All opinions and photography are my own.