Seattle >Food & Dining > Rocking Wok
4301 Interlake Ave N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.659273 -122.340837
Neighborhoods: Lake Union, Wallingford
Best Chinese food in Seattle, bar none – Take it from someone born in Taiwan and raised in Seattle - Rocking Wok has the best Chinese food in Seattle. I've been to virtually every Chinese restaurant in town, from Chinatown to the Northend to the Eastside, and Rocking Wok has the tastiest food as well as Taiwanese specialties that you won't find elsewhere.
Must try: Green onion pancakes, basil eggplant, delight green beans, hand shaved chow mein, stinky tofu, herbal chicken, Taiwanese root beer (sasparilla)
I'm vegetarian, and unlike many local Chinese restaurants, Rocking Wok is a great place for herbivores to go, as well as vegequarians. Some reviewers have mentioned that the owner is a bit brusque, which can be initially off-putting. However, if you are open to his unique sense of humor, you just might be rewarded with delicious dishes that are not on the menu.
Bottom lien: If you like your takeout bland and Westernized, go right ahead to Snappy Dragon or some other crappy local joint, but if you're looking for great food, authenticity, and good prices, head to Rocking Wok.
Editorial Review – Authentic Taiwanese food comes to Wallingford with this casual neighborhood restaurant.
No frills, but authentic. Perhaps too authentic... – I went with my Taiwanese parents and were impressed by the selection. The owner/server seemed grumpy at first but by the end of the meal i was surprised he was at our table so long chit chatting. Food was good altho I'd hold the sweet sauce on some of the rice appetizers (Pa said it was legit) and ask for more kick in the wonton in chili sauce. the owner seemed open to comments. My take is that he sacrifices service to keep prices low. He should cater to Wallingford. At least parking was a breeze.I'll return to sample more dishes.
Worst customer service – The food is alright for its price. The service is the worst I have ever experience; it was more like no serivce. I agree with the previous review; take your money elsewhere. You would think someone who seems like they hate people wouldn't start a customer service based business. I won't go there again unless someone pays me to.
Best Taiwanese food in Seattle – I usually let the owner pick for the table and we've never been disappointed. The food here would be above average for Taiwanese food in LA, but it's hands down the best in Seattle, with a menu that includes dishes that I haven't found anywhere else in the region. Great prices too.
The owner is blunt in any language and culture. Personally, I think he's great, and you can get great service if you're willing to play by his rules. Well, maybe not great - this is a hole in the wall that serves good food at cheap prices - but definitely fun. Sometimes, I take matters into my own hands and fill up our tea kettle with hot water. No biggy, it feels like home. And if you can't deal with the service, then just go for the food.
Great food, so-so service – The food at RW is excellent, love the scallion pancake and the country chicken dish especially. However, most of the time the service is grudging at best, sometimes worse than others. If I crave the food badly enough I go there, but often thinking of the service makes me choose another place instead.
Ridiculous service at any price – Food is decent and is quite authentic Taiwanese food. Unfortunately the service was beyond ridiculous and the attitude I received basically told me to go take my money elsewhere. After tipping heavily, I was told that I would not be helped to a plastic bag and that the server "can't help you like this, you have got to help yourself". I was not even presented with a check and I walked to the server to pay my bill. It is not the only place with good food, I will take my money elsewhere and take my friends with me.
This kind of place needs to be shut down.
Terrible Service – I received terrible service, brought the 50%off total bill coupon from entertainment book, but owner did not honor it. He gave very terrible attitude. As a Taiwan student, I will not go there again and I will definitely not recommend it to anyone.
great taiwanese food – This restaurant serves very authentic Taiwan cuisine.
I highly recommend this restaurant if you want some great Taiwanese food.
I also loves the Taiwanese breakfast that they serve on the weekend. Price is very affordable.
The only thing is when you are there for dinner, make sure you DO NOT ORDER the seafood, especially the fish. The fish they have are frozen and it doesn't taste fresh at all. So avoid that.
Other than that, I will you will fall in love with the food there.
Also, it is a tiny place, so be there early to get your table.
Delish – This is the best Chinese/Taiwanese restaurant in Seattle. This place is great. We had a honey melon fish dish and a veggie dish. These dishes had a lot of flavor and I did not get tired of eating the food at all. Sometime Chinese food tastes like it was been basting in a dish for hours but the food we ate had such fresh, subtle flavors.
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