Naan -n- Curry Issaquah Restaurant Review

naan n curry Issaquah

When Naan -n- Curry opened their second location in Issaquah, there was great excitement among Renton Naan -n- Curry fans. I got an exciting text from my from J when she found out that they opened on Gilman Street. We finally got to visit for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. We arrived about 11:28 AM at the Issaquah location. There was one other family waiting to go in. Right at 11:30, the door was opened for us.

naan curry menu Issaquah

naan curry menu Issaquah


One thing to note is that this is a smallish restaurant. It is fast casual style where you order at the counter and the food is brought to you. Water, silverware, napkins, etc. are in the corner self-serve style. The son of the Renton owner and other workers were on point to take our order. The menu is listed on the wall and very limited when compared to their Renton location. My usual go to is Chicken Tikka Masala, Aloo Gobi, Garlic Naan and Daal.
Issaquah Naan -n- Curry rotates their menu so they did not have Aloo Gobi or Garlic Naan.

We ended up ordering:
Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Shish Kabobs
Naan
Rice
Mango Lassi
Coke
Total was about $45

naan n curry Issaquah

naan n curry Issaquah

Well, the food is not bad…..but, nothing like Renton where the food is piping hot and fresh. Here you can tell the food has been pre-made and reheated (they make it in Renton and bring it over). The consistency is different. I was a little disappointed, I guess it’s too much to expect the same quality as the original location. The deep, consistent, fresh, hot, delicate Pakistani flavors of the Renton Naan -n- Curry was unfortunately not to be had in Issaquah. I’ll give it another try soon to see if things change. Have you tried Naan -n- Curry is Issaquah? What did you think?

Zushi Sushi Restaurant Review, Issaquah

Zushi Sushi Issaquah Bento
Zushi Sushi Issaquah

Zushi Sushi Issaquah

I heard about a good Sushi restaurant in Issaquah. I drove by it a few times and thought nothing of it based on it’s location at a run down strip mall and a plain sign. I read some great reviews on Yelp so decided to try it out.

Despite the terrible exterior and location, inside is cozy and inviting with a modern looking sign. This sign should also be on the outside to entice customers in I think. We ran into some people we know who were enjoying a variety of sushi. The place had a steady stream of customers on a Friday night. We ordered a bento with chicken Katsu (no pork Katsu available) which came with Spicy Tuna Rolls, 4 assorted nigiri sushi, fried pot stickers, miso soup and a salad. The salad was fresh and not doused with too much dressing. The Miso Soup was luke warm, it should be served warm. Nigiri sushi was very good and fresh. I think they know how to cut and prepare sushi here.

Zushi Sushi Issaquah Bento

Zushi Sushi Issaquah Bento


We also ordered a Tempura Roll with spicy mayo and Agedashi Tofu. Agedashi Tofu was a bit plain to my taste, would not order that again. Tempura roll was good with a nice crunch, but little too big for one bite. We saw our neighboring table enjoying Ama Ebi (raw sweet shrimp) and it was served with the head part deep fried like it should. That looked very good.
Tempura Roll Zushi Sushi with spicy mayo

Tempura Roll Zushi Sushi with spicy mayo


Zushi Sushi Agedash Tofu Issaquah

Zushi Sushi Agedash Tofu Issaquah


Overall, I think sushi is prepared nicely here, oh and did I mention they have FRESH wasabi? That is pretty rare, especially in Issaquah. Zushi Sushi is run by Koreans (Sushi Chef Jeong worked at the W Hotel in Seattle and learn about sauces in France), and the tempura shows it. In all my life, never had that tender, airy, crispy and light tempura at a non-Japanese run Japanese restaurant. Service was friendly and attentive. If you ask for hot tea, they will bring a lovely pot of Genmai Cha (green tea with roasted grain), a nice treat. Total check including drinks came under $60 for two. The meal was enjoyable, not amazing, but a great addition to Issaquah. Try it out, Zushi Sushi is located next to Lover’s or Joker’s Pub below Fred Meyer on the way to Costco.

Zushi Sushi
Open 7 days a week
11 AM – 9 PM

Enjoy.

Ramen Bushi-Do Restaurant Review — Issaquah

Excitement built as rumors of a ramen place circulated on Issaquah Highlands Facebook page. I couldn’t make it to the soft opening, so finally got a chance to try Ramen Bushi-Do last weekend. We heard that the owners were from the Dough Zone chain so we knew that the noodles would be tasty. Ramen Bushi-Do is located near Taco Time and Mirchi Indian restaurant on the way to Issaquah Costco.

The decor was clean and modern and service was prompt at seating us. We tried the Tofu, Kaarage (fried chicken bites) Miso-Tonkotsu ramen and Tonkotsu ramen. The tofu was fried and marinated with good texture, served with a side of seaweed salad. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Karaage was just okay, we missed Kukai’s chicken wings.

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah Tofu

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah Tofu

Miso-Tonkotsu ramen noodles were thick and good. The broth however was not great, average. The complex, deep flavor of ramen broth is not easily created. Tonkotsu ramen came out late, very late, we were almost done eating when it made an appearance. It was not hot either, ramen needs to be piping hot, not sure what happened. Unlike Kukai Ramen (now Kizuki Ramen) in Bellevue, the soft boiled eggs are included in all ramen. Spicy ramen is not available but you can order the chili sauce on the side for extra $1.50. Price is a couple of dollars higher than Santoku Ramen and Kukai without the great flavors of those establishments.

Final verdict: We will not be going back for their mediocre ramen. For the price, lukewarm temperature, bland pork slices and flavor, it’s not worth it despite the convenient location. Did you try Ramen Bushi-Do in Issaquah yet? What did you think?

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah Chili sauce

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah Chili sauce

Coconut Thai Restaurant – New Thai Food in Issaquah

Coconut Thai Restaurant Front Street Issaquah
Coconut Thai Restaurant Front Street Issaquah

Coconut Thai Restaurant Front Street Issaquah

There’s a new Thai restaurant in town, Coconut Thai on Front Street, downtown Issaquah.  It had great reviews so we decided to try it out last night for dinner.  We arrived just before 5 PM to avoid the crowds — we did not have to wait at all.  Friendly staff seated us at one of the booth seats.  We ordered spring rolls right away with our Thai Iced Tea.  They came out not too long after, accompanied with sweet sauce, delicious and perfect start to our meal.  We were very hungry as we did a short hike on the Grand Ridge Trail earlier in the day.

Next, we ordered Pineapple Fried Rice with Chicken, Padseew with Beef (kids’ favorite), and Red Curry with soft Tofu.  Pineapple Fried Rice was delicious with a unique flavor, different than other Thai recipes.  Our son detected nuts in the dish, which is unusal.  We asked the server if there were any nuts in the rice, and he replied “no”.  However, we can see and taste big chunks of cashews in the dish.  Personally I loved the cashews, but if our other son would have ate it, it would have been dangerous as he has nut allergies.  So, be careful about ordering as they may think peanuts are the only dangerous nuts, in fact cashews can be just as deadly for nut allergy sufferers.

Padsew Thai noodles at Coconut Thai Restaurant Issaquah

Padsew Thai noodles at Coconut Thai Restaurant Issaquah

Padseew tasted good, there were some large chunks of cabbage in it as fillers, which we haven’t seen before.  The flavor was good and the kids enjoyed it.  Red Curry with Tofu was good, but nothing to write home about.  It also had too much fillers, this time too many bamboo shoots.  We also ordered Coconut Ice Cream, which came with some chopped peanuts sprinkled on top, delicious and a perfect way to end the meal.  As we were paying for our check, the server brought my son a complimentary coconut cupcake to take home.  That was a sweet touch.  We will be back, but we will be very careful about the nuts in the dishes.

Coconut Ice cream Coconut Thai Restaurant Issaquah

Coconut Ice cream Coconut Thai Restaurant Issaquah

Our Order:

Spring Rolls

Pineapple Fried Rice with Chicken

Padseew with Beef (noodles)

Red Curry with Soft Tofu

Side order of Jasmine Rice

Coconut Thai in Issaquah Front Street Yelp Reviews

Coconut Thai Restaurant

660 Front St N
Issaquah, WA 98027

b/t Clark St & S 2nd Ave

Phone number(425) 392-8893

 

 

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