Purple Dot in the International District in Seattle has excellent Dim Sum and lively atmosphere. What it lacks in fanciness it makes up for in flavor.
Soup dumplings or xiao long bao were on the brain so we ventured to Lao Shanghai in Chinatown. Check it out!
Although in the dozen blocks of North Broadway between Waveland and Belmont there has been a boom in restaurants this year, including a couple of BBQ places, Mexican Cafe, and a breakfast joint, I decided bypass these for now and finally try a neighborhood staple that has been around for years.
I suppose I would describe it as Asian fusionwhatever that really means anymore. Basically Chinese with American influence along side Japanese and Thai dishes, it’s not strictly authentic but doesn’t aim to be. Having a fascination with all things old school Shanghai lately I was pleasantly surprised when I felt like I was stepping into 1930s Shanghai. This was exactly the point of their most recent renovation. Think Art Deco meets Jazz club with some kitsch and vintage Chinese advertising posters and Stan Getz playing in the background.