Fellow food blogger, Picky Diner’s, recent food adventures in Seattle inspired me to finally write about my Seattle eats. So in today’s flashback Friday post I’m going to share with you my visit to Jade Garden in Seattle.
Back in 2012, Bolt Bus had just launched service from Vancouver to Seattle and were offering fares for $1. I took advantage of the deal and did a day trip down to Seattle with my mom. The drop off point in Seattle was 5th Avenue South and King Street which is very close to Chinatown. Feeling hungry after a long bus ride, we ventured to the nearby Jade Garden for some lunch. A quick search of Urbanspoon and Yelp on my phone had showed that Jade Garden was one of the top places for Chinese food in Seattle. The popularity was confirmed by the fact that we had to line up though not too long. However, it seemed like there were slowly more and more people arriving.
Jade Garden is definitely an old school Chinese restaurant by having dim sum carts. This way of serving food in Chinese restaurants in Metro Vancouver was slowly disappearing. The interior also seemed to be a bit dated.
What We Tried
Our meal consisted of egg tarts, pineapple buns, Shanghai dumplings, and shrimp dumplings. There was a tea charge of $0.60 and the dim sum were priced reasonably at $2-$3. The food in general tasted good though not better than what I had in Metro Vancouver. I give them credit for their decent portions for the price. Although the food is not made-to-order, they tasted pretty fresh and was piping hot. Given the high volume and turnaround, the food probably doesn’t sit on the cart for too long. Service was basic which is what you would expect at these kinds of places.
Overall Impression of Jade Garden
At Jade Garden, you’ll get a satisfying meal without breaking the bank. I like the old school Chinese restaurant vibe with the dim sum carts. Rating: 3.5/5