Seattle >Food & Dining > Made In Kitchen - Asian Bistro
725 S Lane St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810447.596671 -122.323416
Neighborhoods: Downtown, International District
cool place to chill with friends, good atmosphere – i went to one of my friend's dinner parties one night at MIK, and i was greeted by a friendly hostess who led me to our table near the window. my friends and i were busily talking for awhile before finally ordering drinks, appetizers, then our entrees. they didn't rush us and just came to check up on us once in awhile. they have a wine list with interesting concoctions like the lychee and guava sakes. it was sweet and mild. mmm! my friend helped us order the food, and for appetizers i tried the crispy kitchen rolls, black and white sesame tofu and tamarind shrimp salad. the kitchen rolls are indeed crispy and small enough to pop in your mouth! as for the tofu, they stack them on each other so it looks like a pyramid of cubed pieces sprinkled with their ingredients - it is fun to eat. for dinner, we all shared the kitchen fried noodle, stir fried steak cubes and crab fried rice. the kitchen fried noodle is crunchy with lots of seafood and veggies on it, the steak cubes are quality flank steak and was marinated well, and the crab fried rice had good wok power put into it. there were a lot of crabmeat and tasted really good. we were so full after dinner, but they gave us flan as complimentary dessert. they're so nice! great decor, sweet waitress, i will come back again.
Terrible Food, Ridiculously Expensive! Don't Go There – The food is very expensive compare to other Vietnamese restaurants and the food is not that tastety. If you want good Vietnamese food, try Green Leaf or Tamarind Tree instread. You will get delicious food for about half the price they charge you at Made in Kitchen.
Would not recommend it to anyone.
Great food and 1/2 price wine! – This place has great food and 1/2 price wine. The kitchen even made a special vegetarian dish for my wife which was fantastic. Give it a shot, you will be happily surprised.
Better Than Expected Customer Service – I recommended my friends to come try this place out one weekend. When we walked in, the hostess cordially sat us down. Another person came in less than a minute to give us some pearl Jasmine tea. I saw they had renewed their menus and wine lists since the last time I came in. Apparently they switch up the menus every season. The variety of dishes on the menu is definitely geared toward Vietnamese cuisine, although they have some Thai and even Chinese dishes. For appetizers, we ordered the Black & White Sesame Tofu, Golden Sugar Cane Shrimp Cake & Tamarind Beef Salad. For the entrees, we ordered the Crab Glass Noodles (I was craving it), Spicy Green Beans & Braised Curry Duck avec hot and toasty baguettes. The tofu was hot and crispy and the sauce was mildly hot. I love it when food comes out hot. The best part about the shrimp cake was the remaining flavors of shrimp that stuck on the sugar cane. The crab glass noodles did not disappoint - it had sufficient amounts of crabmeat, and the noodles were of a good eating consistency. The green beans made its new appearance in the menu, and it was surprisingly crunchy, although it could've been less salty. The baguettes were toasty and fresh, perfect sauce dipper for the curry. I was pretty happy with the dishes we all chose. Throughout the course of our dinner, the servers came and continually filled our tea and made sure we had something to drink. The owner of the restaurant spoke with the customers around our table, and eventually made her way to ours. We had the opportunity to ask her about the variety of dishes on the menu. She told us the Vietnamese/Thai/Chinese food influence came from her family background, in which she was born and raised as a Vietnamese Chinese, and married her husband, who grew up as a Thai born Chinese. It explains why the food is authentic in itself. Although this place isn't your usual unilinear cuisine type of restaurant, all the dishes are good and stays true to its cuisine.
Great Customer Service – After browsing a few restaurants recommended in Seattle we came across an article on Made in Kitchen. The restaurant is located in the International District about two blocks up from the Uwaijimaya market. The waiters and waitresses were all very friendly and the service was prompt. They offered us good suggestions and even gave us dessert on the house since it was our first time. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and I would definitely come back to eat here again.
Worst Customer Service Ever! – I agree with the last review of worst customer service ever. I haven't been to Made in Kitchen for awhile, it's been about a year now. Today I took my co-workers to lunch there. First it took the servers a long time to come by to take our order - then another long wait for our food to come out. It didn't all come out at the same time. When the food came out, we had asked for some hot sauce and got acknowlegement from the waiter, but he never made it back. Everytime we tried to waive him down - he didn't even look our way. Finally, they took our plates away and we waited another stint for the check until we finally had to get up and pay at the cash register. Terrible service.
Worst customer service ever – A few of my friends and me went to this restaurant yesterday before a concert. Someone came by to see if we were ready to order, but we weren't ready so we told them to come back in a few minutes. They didn't come back, and after waiting 20 minutes, we had to go look for someone to help us. We finally got our orders taken and soon dishes were coming out of the kitchen.
After awhile I realized everyone but me had their food. I had to go find the waiter again, because they never came back to check on us. When I asked him where my food was, he mumbled something about going to check on it. He had forgotten to put it through to the kitchen, so I didn't get my food until literally everyone else was done eating. I then had to practically inhale my food because we were going to be late to the concert.
When we got the checks back they forced a gratuity on us (including me) and charged me full price for my meal. I will never eat there again.
Note: We had 8 or 9 people at the table, and I know it's normal to add gratuity for groups >6 but I don't feel like I should've had to pay it.
Go to Tamarind Tree Instead – I read a great review of this place in Seattle Metropolitan, and since I live close to the ID I went to check it out. The atmosphere is really nice especially the decor, but that does not make up for the food. Our main courses were mediocre at best, but the spring rolls were the biggest disappointment. They fell apart after 2 bites and they had no defining flavor. The service was poor and slow. The servers had no interest in us at all to the point that we had to get up and track someone down to get our bill (there was only one other person in the place at the time). Compared to both of the Lemongrass restaurants and Tamarind Tree this place was terrible.
Attentive service and talented chefs bring elegance and flavor to traditional dishes that span Southeast Asia. – The Scene
A spacious and elegant room is divided into several smaller seating areas, accommodating dating couples, business diners and boisterous families with ease. Flickering candles, high ceilings and intense colors are a lovely backdrop for dinner, and create a welcome refuge at lunchtime. Neighborhood folks mix with tech workers and a hardworking multilingual staff for a feel that is as pan-Asian as the menu.
Contrasting textures and quality ingredients abound in every course. Fried tofu is remarkably crisp on the outside and tender inside; topped with crushed sesame and plenty of salt, the result is tastier than even the best French fries. Vegetarian dishes like spicy green beans and vegetable udon shine with plenty of flavor--heaps of garlic, shiitake mushrooms and green onion create both depth and freshness.
Hits: Staff members regularly circulate with freshly brewed pots of jasmine tea, keeping it at just the right temperature and strength.
Misses: Chicken dishes sometimes contain small, sharp bone pieces that can be difficult to identify in dim evening light.
Best Asian Anywhere – Food is great and the waitresses are really hot,.... if you like eating asian that is...
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