This is a blog written by ESL students under the guidance of their instructor at American Cultural Exchange English Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington, USA. Click on the name of a restaurant to read its review.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
We recommend Bacco Café & Bistro because of the delicious taste and the warm place.
We ate the Vegetarian Sandwich and the Roast Beef Sandwich with side dishes of potato salad. The sandwiches were very savory, but the potato salad tasted unusual. The cheese in the sandwiches was aromatic. The Roast Beef Sandwich with slices of roast beef and some fresh mixed vegetable inside, was very good because the beef was scrumptious. When we ate the Vegetarian Sandwich we felt healthy because of the many kinds of vegetables, like: carrot cucumber, tomato, spinach and red cabbage. The potato salad had a different taste for us. That taste was a little sweet, sour and cheesy. We could taste many flavors at the same time.
When we stayed there we felt comfortable because the place was not big and the waiter took care of us. The place was small and simple, so we felt cozy and we could relax. And when we ate, the waiter asked us “How’s everything?” with a smile, several times. They took good care of us.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
by Rocio Olivares Iriarte and Talal Al-Najem
Pike Place Bagel is an excellent place, because it has delicious bagels and a very friendly atmosphere.
This place has wonderful, sweet bagels for breakfast and very well-cooked bagel sandwiches for other meals. For example, the Tuna Sandwich is a delicious meal. It has tuna with a salad that is made with tomato, lettuce and onions. It smells fresh. The Egg Salad is a very good sandwich, too. It tastes similar to a hamburger and smells like it. The prices are very economical; you can have the Egg Salad sandwich for only $4.95 and the Tuna Salad for $4.75.
This place has a very friendly atmosphere, too. The ladies that attend the place are very nice and always have a smile for you. The music is relaxing and it is not too loud, so you can find there a very good place for conversation. You can see families and groups of friends in this place. It has a counter in front of the windows. There you can watch the people, walking on the street and you can eat by yourself if you want to.
Their service was good because they were kind, and they made me relaxed. For example, they readily led us to the table, and they offered us hot tea. They also served us with dishes we ordered quickly. We didn’t wait for dishes for a long time. But one of them removed our dishes from the table very quickly without asking us “Are you done?”. It was sort of uncomfortable. Anyway, we had a good time at the restaurant.
Japanese Gourmet is an amazing restaurant because it provides fantastic dishes. All meals are fresh, clean, artistic, and delicious. The salad is tasty and makes you want to eat more. The miso soup is very easy to eat because it is not too hot, but warm. The meat and seafood are tender and not too salty. Moreover, all dishes are cheap and big. For example, a special meal includes a miso soup, a salad, some vegetables, two pieces of chicken, and rice. It just costs 9 dollars. Please go there and enjoy this wonderful restaurant.
by Meshari Albalud and Alaa Shaheen
The Market Grill is an unassuming little restaurant in the Pike Place Market. However, the Market Grill has tasteful food and a romantic atmosphere. Also, they have a universal menu which is very successful compared with Seattle's eateries.
The food that Market Grill makes is nice and delicious. They serve mostly seafood dishes, such as Fresh Halibut, Cod, and Salmon. But, if fish doesn't make you jump up and down their menu has a diversity of food and drinks. You can also get chicken. The prices are fine for all wallets.
The Atmosphere is nice for spending a slow romantic lunch with who you wish to be. Market Grill is not such a nice place for having lunch with your children. You will not pay attention to the view. The delicious food is going to get most of your attention.
1415 1st Avenue
The atmosphere is delightful and original. It’s a big place and the illumination is soft. The colors are well matched and invite you to stay longer. The music is not loud and lets you hear you friends.
Reviewed again in April 2008
by Hui-Shan Kao, Hye Jin Park and Eunsil Yang
The Pike is located on
The Pike’s atmosphere is unique American style. We could enjoy meals with relaxing music. The arrangement there was perfect. You would never feel it was crowded.
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There were many servers. More than ten of them. They refilled our drinks when they noticed that we had finished. The most important thing was that they always had beautiful smiles on their faces.
We’d like to recommend this restaurant to other people who enjoy eating American Food. The service was good, atmosphere was really relaxing, and the food was really tasty and juicy. So next time, if your friend asks you, “Which restaurant would recommend to us?” You are going to say, “The Pike Brewing
Monday, March 19, 2007
31140 Pacific Highway South
Federal Way, WA
By Ibrahim Abdula, Chae Doo Chul, Byun Seung Keun and Yun Jai Min
In the past, kings traveled a long distance to eat delicious food. If you do not care about distance, you can eat fantastic food at low price at Nari restaurant. So, now you are a king!
You can enjoy various foods because a king never eats simply. For the same reason, Nari offers various and abundant foods. You can experience varied and unique oriental foods: Korean, Japanese and Chinese. The Japanese food: the sushi, for example, the California roll, is excellent. The roll has a sweet flavor as well as a beautiful shape. And if you were to eat sushi, you could taste sticky rice and fresh fish. In addition, you can enjoy steamed crabs in the Japanese corner.
In the Korean corner, Kimchi, Dokboki, Bulgoki and various Korean-style salads are offered by Nari. Among them, we recommend you to eat a Kimchi and Dokboki. Kimchi is internationally the well-known food. Properly, Kimchi always represents the most typical and popular food all of Korea foods. But, before you try to eat Kimchi, you just remember that it is very spicy. Dokboki is a broiled dish of sliced rice cake, meat, eggs and seasoning. Many students like this food, because of its sweet and hot taste. In the Chinese corner, you can taste oily, fiery and sweet dishes. The kinds of food are sweet and sour pork, fritters, noodles and shrimp dishes. If you want to eat a lot of food, you better eat Chinese food last because most Chinese foods are too fatty to digest.
Nari's food is better than similar restaurants in downtown because Nari offers delicious food. Because Nari is a kind of a buffet restaurant, you can eat without limit. But you should bear in mind that Nari doesn’t offer a peptic.Finally, the price is less expensive than other buffet restaurants. That is to say, if you have $12, you will eat your fill.
We are satisfied with their service because it is fantastic at a low price. First of all, there were three servers who come from other countries: Korea, Thailand and Russia. Therefore, we had a new experience because we had never experienced before. Secondly, the servers were kind to customers; for example, when we entered the restaurant, we were ushered to our table. Also, the waitress spoke to us in a respectful tone. In addition, when we finished the first dishes, the server cleared away the dishes quickly. Thirdly, we could see a chef who makes sushi at the bar. Finally, they have a big parking lot around the restaurant; as a result, we could conveniently park our car.
The first words that may jump to your mind when you enter Nari is "It's different"! This feeling may be caused by the lights which cover the place with a soft yellow color. The wooden tables which are well organized add more beauty to the décor. When you turn around you will see a big Korean fan placed on the wall, it adds a Korean taste to the atmosphere. One more thing you would like is the fancy clothes of the employees. It will remind you of the old Far East empires.
As the saying goes "First impressions are the most lasting." Before I entered Nari restaurant, it gave a critical impression. Although the food tastes fantastic, frankly one of us never wants to go again. We had to spend a lot of time to get there. It is very far from downtown Seattle, and is located in a very dangerous place. Can you believe that as soon as we got off the bus, we were asked by a homeless person and an alcoholic, a question like this: “Do you have change for a quarter?" It scared one of us.
Nevertheless, if you want to go there, we will let you know how to get there. Nari restaurant is located in Federal Way. Downtown Pike ST and 2nd Ave has a bus stop. You can take the 194 or 174 bus. When one and a half hours go by, you can see the huge transit center, which reads "Federal Way Transit Center." When you see that, get off the bus, and you have to walk for 10 minutes.
by Takahiro Azechi, Sou Honda, Ichido Kikukawa and Erika Ikeda
Do you know where Heaven is? We, Japanese students, go to a lot of sushi restaurants in Japan. We know many delicious sushi restaurants all over Japan. Do you know where delicious Japanese sushi restaurants are in Seattle? We do. We found a delicious Japanese sushi restaurant. It’s Sushi Land. Sushi Land is the heaven for students.
You can get to Sushi Land smoothly by bus from Seattle Pacific University. First, get on the #13 bus to downtownSeattle from Seattle Pacific University. Second, as soon as the bus goes into Queen Ann Avenue from 3rd Avenue West, get off the bus in front of Pizza Hut. Third, get on the #4 bus to Downtown Seattle in front of Otooto Sushi, that you can find easily. Fourth, when the bus enters 5th Avenue North, and you see Seven-Eleven on your left side, get off the bus. Finally, you can find Sushi Land on your right and the Space Needle at Seattle Center is on your left from the bus stop. Therefore, I strongly believe that you can arrive at Sushi Land smoothly by bus from Seattle Pacific University. The address is 803 5th Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109.
The Atmosphere of Sushi Land
As soon as you open the door of Sushi Land, you might be surprised by the new traditional style sushi bar, and even though you are not hungry, a great variety of sushi on the conveyer belt will stimulate your appetite. When you open the door of Sushi Land, lively staff with smiles welcome you and lead you to available seats. And then, you will be noticed that most of customers are from Asian countries.Finally, I found the most suitable word to express the atmosphere of Sushi Land, which is bright. If you glance at the open counter, you will be convinced. Sushi workers with uniforms are making ordered sushi skillfully and quickly. You might forget to eat and not be able to stop focusing on them. Sushi Land is a suitable place which serves you not only sushi but also fun of your eyes!
The Menu of Sushi Land
We didn’t expect that Sushi Land would have a good menu. Sushi is one of the Japanese traditional dishes and it’s difficult to make. And some foreigners, like many Americans, don’t like raw fish. That’s why we thought Sushi Land was hopeless. But it was not bad. It’s the same as Japanese sushi restaurants that we know.When you look at the menu, you can find various kind of sushi. There are a few different dishes from in Japan: rolls, for example, the California Roll, Ichiro Roll. And if you want to drink, you can drink Japanese beer: Sapporo, Kirin, Asahi and Japanese sake. Besides this, if you order a soft drink, you can refill it for free.Sushi seems to be expensive but this restaurant is reasonable. You could be full for around 10 dollars. And they inform you about the price by plate color. For instance, green is 1 dollar, orange is 1 dollar and 50 cents, blue is 2 dollars and purple is 3 dollars. You can count by yourself.Their dishes are commensurate with price. Actually, we know about a restaurant better in Japan. But we weren’t disappointed. We were satisfied with dishes for the cost. We think you can have a good time there. But don’t have great expectations. You can enjoy there if you don’t expect too much.
The service was quite poor at this restaurant, because it’s servers were rude. We could order any dish from a server, which we could not find on the conveyer belt. We ordered some food, but they didn’t bring all our orders. These were incomplete, and they repeated it 3 times. They easily forgot to serve us. Moreover, even though they forgot to serve our food, they didn’t say “ I’m sorry.” They just said “ What do you want to eat?” In my country, Japan, if a server forgot some food, they certainly say “I’m sorry.” This restaurant’s servers also were neither friendly nor kind, because they were unsmiling all the time, except the time we came in and went out. When we went to this restaurant, a lot of customers came to it, and it was busy. That’s why the service might have been scarce. It’s food, location, and atmosphere were excellent, but the service was terrible. If I will go to this restaurant again, I will hope that they will be polite.
5628 University Way NE
Tel. (206) 563-6229
By Gabriela Souza Pedro Narjara
What do you know about the food from the country of the Carnival? Tempero Brasileiro is a Brazilian restaurant located in University District of Seattle. There you will find authentic Brazilian food, and get what you really expect from the Brazilian meal.
You should enjoy greatly one of the most famous tastes, the Feijoada. Made with black beans and pork, it’s served with fresh rice and cabbage. It is really exquisite.
The presentation of the food is interesting, colored and balanced. And the plates have a beautiful arrangement.In general the place is simple, but clean, and there is no food around and nothing is sticky or greasy.
And, also, on the menu you can find fish, meat and yummy desserts. They serve alcohol, like the typical Brazilian drink Caipirinha, which is made with lemon.
The service is pretty friendly and polite, and also, some of the employees are Brazilians.