Seattle >Food & Dining > Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant
1401 Third Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.608832 -122.337422
Mon - Thurs: 11:30am - 11pm
Fri - Sat: 11am - 12am
Sun: 11am - 9 pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Business District
Cheflev in Seattle saying "another Don't Miss Place" – One of the best meals we have ever had. Seattle should be very proud to have Wild Ginger as one of it's premier dining experiences.
Marvelous Mango Mohito, followed by OTAK OTAK (salmon in a banana leaf and double cooked) also followed by Wok Fried Prawns that my wife loved.'
I had bacon wrapped oyster satay...mmmmmm good, followed by mussels so succulent, I was afraid to eat too fast . Everything was perfect...I could not find one thing from the decor, to the staff, to the food, that was anything other than perfect.
This dinner will remain one the best ever.
A Cheflev....."Don't Miss"
Never Disappoints – We enjoyed a 40th b-day celebration there. Had appetizers and drinks in the inviting bar beforehand. The Shrimp/Crab salad was light and refreshing. They do not skimp on the crabmeat. Our table was ready ahead of time, but there was no rush for us to have to be seated. Our waiter, Chris, was knowledgable and polite. Chris answered all the questions to our satisfaction, made recommendations for the size of our group and made sure we had a great variety of flavorful dishes to choose from. The 7 Flavor beef is sooo goood. I don't care if other reviewers say I only like the food beacause I am an unschooled white person in the ways of pan/asian...the food is awesome! The duck, the scallops - bok choy. I was so delighted when I found out the celebration was going to take place at the Wild Ginger - It was a great success. Don't even get me started on Marcus, our Sommelier - he was gracious and full of humor and suggested great pairings for our group. We barraged him with questions and he didn't even flinch. We ended the evening at the triple door lounge and were so happy w/ our experience and get together. The Valet parking makes everything so convenient too. It was well worth the trip from Black Diamond - delicious!
High quality ingredients / good food – High quality food, lots of asian variety - beef, lamb, seafoods, noodles, soups....
sharp wait staff, reasonably priced wine selections, nice interior, delicious starters - try the bacon wrapped oysters!!
Most Health Dept. Citations in Seattle – Most health citations in Seattle...not sure I want to eat there any more considering they handle raw food and don't clean up well. Tried to attach a link to to data, but citysearch wouldn't allow, just google it, horrible!
Most reliably fabulous dining experience in Seattle! – From the moment you step into Wild Ginger, you sense that it will be a wonderful experience. Everything about the place is just the best.
The Worst Asian Food - akin to Asian Chain Airport Food – Please, please, please. Do yourself a favor and don't make the regretable mistake of coming to this place to dine. It's like ordering at Panda King at the airport-type food. YUCK!!
I had a strong suspicion that this was going to be bad just from the clientele - all ignorant caucasian tourists who don't know real asian food. Sorry to be so blunt. But it's true. Asian people stay away from bad asian food. If you don't see many or any of us (the only asian people I saw there were with a mixed company of white americans who looked like they were in-laws) in a restaurant, don't even bother letting yourself get seated. Move on to another restaurant.
And my fears were completely warranted. The tea was a thick green powder with only a few drops of water on it, making it feel more like I was trying to drink green tea powder as a medicine than an actual brewed tea. The dumplings were burned and served with a doughy, thick outer membrane that was gooey and waterlogged. The chicken dumpling inner meat contents were okay which I doused with their spring roll fish sauce, which tasted like they have large jugs of premaid, ready-made, preserved with corn starch disgusting sauces. Didn't have their satays, but I bet they do that with their peanut sauce.
I could have made a better dinner cooking it at home with premaid Thai bottled sauces from grocery store in the ethnic food section!!
Next came the duck breast with white dough buns and cilantro sprigs and duck sauce. First of all, it should be a black hoisen sauce and not cilantro sprigs but green scallion which should have accompanied the duck breast pieces which were overcooked, soggy (do they boil all their meat and then roast stuff? How can you ruin duck, the most tastiest of meats?!?) and had skin that was disgustingly slimy and soft. The Chinese all-spice which was used to season the duck was washed out in the weird water-loggin preparation they did for the dish. Maybe they have them all premaid and precut, sitting in bamboo steamers, to be laid out hours later after they've been warming in steamers all day? Tasted like it. The presentation was not restaurant style, but looked like probably the waiter or an illegal immigrant mexican assembled it. And the duck sauce was the same you get in those plastic packets at the airport or mall at the Panda King counter, minus the bright red food coloring.
Probably wasn't a good idea to go to a restaurant with so many tables. I was wondering out loud to my fiance how they could control quality in such an enormous place with probably about 75 tables. This restaurant is the same size of a cheese cake factory. But somehow cheese cake factory (which I really don't like much either) can do much better than this place.
You will leave angry, frustrated and hungry. Don't let this place rob you of your dining dignity and wallet!! I might sound angry and exagerrated, but believe me, for the more sophisticated palete, you will be utterly disappointed. I have never left a place angry with how inept the cooking was. They really should shut this place down. Perhaps a bad run-in with pests might take this place out of its misery. It really should not be allowed to exist as a restaurant at all. I felt scammed.
The presentation was at the level of street vendor, without the authentic fresh, simple taste of a street vendor. We couldn't finish our food because it was so terrible and left hungry. The only saving grace was our kind, really sweet waiter. Service is good. But who comes for service? I come for food!
Overall, it felt like a chain bad asian chinese food experience, on the level of Panda King, and no where near the level of Cheesecake factory (which I don't recommend either, but I'm making comparisons so you can understand how poor the food was.)
Unique, interesting asian – Delicious food paired with caring, good service. I like this restaurant as they offer a choice of portion sizes so that even if there are only two of you dining here you can still eat "family style" and try several different dishes at each visit. Spicy Manila Clams were a wonderful appetizer.
Seven-flavored beef!!! – WG's seven-flavored beef is delicious. I normally go for lunch, and even though they are busy, the service is always very good. The decor is nice as well. I haven't had the opportunity to go to their sister business, The Triple Door. However, I've heard wonderful things about it. So, I will be checking it out.
Great for work lunches – A great place for a work lunch. There is something on the menu for everyone. For a light healthy lunch, the green papaya salad with chicken is tops!
Mediocre at best – This use to be a special place - back in 2004. However, the quality of the food has really declined. With so many restaurants doing their own version of eclectic Thai - Wild Ginger really needs to step it up a notch to regain the reputation they once held. As a side note, but equally important, the staff needs to lose the attitude - they are not working at a five-star restaurant. Concentrate on good service and the patrons will reward you...Act like you are better than the patron and make snide remarks behind their backs, and you will be rewarded accordingly. Lose the attitude, plain and simple.
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