Seattle >Szechuan Bean Flower Restaurant
It's not the decor but the food that counts. My wife and I actually found this restaurant in the yellow pages while visiting Seattle back in May. We used a GPS and found the location but were buffled by the limited amount of parking thinking that we found the wrong place. After entering through a long hallway from the back we were inside the restaurant. The decor reminds us of the typical restaurant in Asia, very minimal and even a little old and dirty, but the main thing is the food. The menu convinced us that we have made the right choice, especially when we saw that they have the stir-fry knife shaved noodles, prepared the same way like when I've had it back in Taiwan and in Northern China. Don't let the location and decor fool you, Szechuan Bean Flower is the real deal, and a whole lot better than most of the so-called Chinese restaurants out there.
Great Flavor and Fast delivery! Beats all the other neighborhood joints... by far!.
Beats Mandarine Gate and the crappy HT grocery store buffet!
The food at Bean Flower actually has flavor. Great flavor, in fact. I had the MA Po TOFU and it was spicy and delicious. My BF had Mongolian Beef and loved it. The soups are wonderful. I can't remember all the various things I have had, but they have all been yummy.
Don't let the lack of fancy decor keep you away. The frill is in the food. I took my mom and sister there and they were a little skeptical, but it was pure silence once the food got there, as they were too busy eating to say anything.
Also, they are FAST! Whether you call in and pick up or have them deliver... I always get my food within 20 minutes. I do live only 5 blocks away, but that stil means the food is ready 15 minutes after you call. I work swing shift, and I am going to start calling my order in before I go to work and picking it up on the way... definitely beats drive thru burgers or heating tray Chinese buffet (although the Vietnamese sandwiches at HT Market are pretty dang good and cheap but I do miss the great sandwiches Larry's used to have). But for the same price as the buffet at HT, you can get a lunch special that's freshly made to order and GREAT tasting.
very tasty, easily the best szechuan restaurant around Seattle. I was originally skeptical about this place since the decor isn't flashy and the restaurant isn't usually packed, but I was totally wrong. I went there the first time on a friend's recommendation, and this place is simply great. For szechuan style food, I'd come here over other more well-known places like Szechuan Chef and Seven Star Pepper. It is clean and service is good. They always greet politely with a smile. Being not very crowded, as it turns out, is great! Food comes relatively fast and there's never a wait. I rarely write restaurant reviews, but I think this place definitely deserve more exposure. So far every dish I've tried has its distinct character and is never like food from a bad Chinese place where everything comes out taste the same. I haven't tried everything yet, but so far I liked pretty much every dish I've tried -- and I am quite picky.
Revisited: New Owner, OILY and Soya dunked FOOD Originally Spicy Chinese food Szechuan style.
Revisited the place yesterday 9/14/08. It is under new ownership who has tried to imitate the previous owners menu but failed miserably. Now its like a regular chinese place. Food is Oily and dunked in soy sauce. I am sure I will not be visiting it again. Newcomers might not notice much change but for die-hard fans like me, its not the same place anymore...
This is very different from your run-in-the-mills chinese restuarant. It a recently discovered gem for me with their spicy flavorful food that is not dunked in soya sauce like most Chinese Joints.
The decor is not outstanding, infact its just comfortable and clean surroundings. I dont like parking in the back but we usually go at dinner time and I can park upfront on the street.
Whatever we have ordered so far (5 visits in past 2 months) has been outstanding. I love their Chicken with small pepper ($9.95) although their vegetarian version with almost raw but crisp shredded potatoes was a bit weird for my taste. This is their signature dish and I must say is easily the best thing. Cumin lamb homestyle ($9.95) was also very flavorful and spicy with green chilis and green onions and cumin. Chongquing Spicy Chicken ($9.95) is also one of the good dishes. Green onion pancakes are $3.95 each and are nice and crispy although I have noticed that each chinese place have their own versions. I am usually apprehensive about ordering Fish at chinese joints but their Fish in Hot Black Bean sauce (10.95) was Outstanding with crispy pan fried fish in spicy sauce.
Although the 60's style decor leaves a lot to be desired but their Amazing food and the special style of unusal SZECHUAN cooking has made me visit them again and again and again.
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