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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Casual restaurant

Tue–Thu 11:30am–3:00pm
Tue–Thu 5:00pm–9:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:30am–3:00pm
Fri–Sat 5:00pm–10:00pm
Sun 11:30am–3:00pm
Sun 5:00pm–9:00pm

Features Kid-friendly
Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC
Reservations Not accepted

1075 Bellevue Way NE, B2
Bellevue, WA
(425) 688-2986
Facing East
Taiwanese, Momofuku-ed, from the pork-heavy fare to the classy digs

Seattle has played out all iterations of modern Vietnamese and modern Japanese, so eventually someone had to try modern Taiwanese, and the young, hip, well-to-do Chinese of the Eastside are the perfect audience for a menu that ranges from crispy fried chicken to century egg over cold tofu to more fusiony dishes like sweet dumplings made with sweet-potato flour. There are quite a few good dishes here, our favorites being lamb with water spinach, pork “burgers” (in steamed buns), and fried pork chop on rice. (Soups are watery and a little bland, though you might get a reasonable bowl of beef noodle.)

Although some dishes come to the table in the expected pile of vegetables and meat atop a pool of oily broth, Facing East does like to play with presentation a bit: the pork “burgers” here actually resemble burgers, the pork spilling out of open-face steamed buns. Shaved ice desserts come out, somewhat annoyingly, on a flat plate as a pile of chunky detritus that resembles a high school science fair volcano.

The space is definitely more upscale than a typical fast-food Chinese joint—the tea service, for example, is lovely, with mod clear plastic cups and teapot—but it’s still in a strip mall, and horribly crowded, so it’s not a particularly pleasant place to dine.

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