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Mon–Wed 11:30am–10:00pm
Thu 11:30am–11:00pm
Fri 11:30am–midnight
Sat noon–midnight
Sun noon–10:00pm

Features Good wines, Wi-Fi
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Not accepted


Capitol Hill
1121 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA
(206) 701-9130

University District
2675 NE Village Lane
Seattle, WA
(206) 525-2675
Mon–Wed 11:00am–9:00pm
Thu–Fri 11:00am–10:00pm
Sat 8:30am–10:00pm
Sun 8:30am–9:00pm

504 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA
(425) 453-6094
Mon–Wed 11:00am–9:00pm
Thu 11:00am–9:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:00am–10:00pm
Sun 11:00am–9:00pm
Boom Noodle
A trendy spot for noodle soups and Asian snacks and...did we mention trendy?

Boom Noodle, with its attempt to bring sexy back to the noodle bowl, appears at first glance to be Asian food for Caucasians—the type of Caucasians that are impressed by backlit Stoli bottles at the bar. But Chef Jonathan Hunt is far more sincere than his hip spot with its fancy cocktails would suggest. Although he has little formal training in Asian cuisines, he’s traveled extensively in Japan researching classic recipes to riff on, and he has great intuition.

Not everything here works—some simple pleasures like pork gyoza and calamari are disappointing—but the kitchen has a way with salmon, and the simple noodle soups, along with some fun fusion snacks like edamame purée with sweet potato crisps and white prawns wrapped in crunchy phyllo, are consistently good. And the location in the University District has weekend breakfast service.

Boom does the lounge vibe well—it’s modern but not overly trendy—but it always feels a bit strange to have lunch here. Even with the garage-style windows rolled up on sunny days, the place still has that late-night aura, and it just feels kind of wrong to dine here in daylight.

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