Redmond >Food & Dining > Inchin's Bamboo Garden
16564 Cleveland St, Redmond, WA | Directions 9805247.672464 -122.120308
Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Great Food, Great Service, Seriously Hot – I read a bunch of reviews about Inchin's that I found discouraging, but a bunch of my Indian co-workers recommended it, and they hadn't steered me wrong in the past. Still, I was surprised that all of the reviews seemed to be exactly opposite my experience. Service was "jonny-on-the-spot", portions were good, the food was well prepared and tasty, and the prices weren't unreasonable. Additionally, the atmosphere was very nice.
Two notes that I would tell prospective diners: if you don't like hot food, let them know. When they say their dishes are spicy, they're not kidding. I love hot food, but the Devil's Beef was almost too hot for me. Also, the food was much saucier then I've come to expect in Chinese food, I suppose because of the Indian influence. When we ordered the Manchurian Chicken, the two options were "Dry" and "Saucy", and we chose "Saucy". It came out almost the consistency of an Indian Chicken Curry. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it was still very good.
Perhaps the reviewers who complained about service or portion size went during a lunch rush, but when we went there for dinner neither was an issue. I would definitely recommend giving this little jewel a shot, regardless of what you read in other reviews.
Greasy, heavy food – We tried several dishes, Vegetarian Coin Manchurian, spicy green beans and peas appetizer, and egg drop and hot and sour soups. Everything was so greasy and heavy. Egg drop soup was too salty. We won't go back. The place is hip with younger Indian Microsoft crowd that know little about food. The food is neither Chinese nor Indian, neither delicious nor healthy.
Great chinese food but ... – My family loves the food at Bamboo gardens and we eat here often, mostly take out. I have never had a problem with the quality or taste of the food but i have to agree with some of the customers that the portion size is just too small for the price. Even restaurants charging $7 for their entrees have bigger portion. They will loose a lot of customers if they do not change this. We would eat here a lot more if the portion sizes were not so small.
Oily, Undercooked food – We have tried only vegetarian food. All the food - appetizers and entrees tend to be very oily. We like the sweet corn soup, but most times its served cold - so remember to ask for hot soup. The baby corn appetizer is the only one we liked. The other appetizers we tried were very oily. Rice, noodles were oily and undercooked. The sauces are very oily too. Everything tends to be very spicy so remember to ask them to tone it down.
Overall, slow service and below average good.
Terrible food!!! – It is quite sad and clear that the two positive reviews below are written by the management themselves. Quite pathetic. Read the manner in which they are written and draw your own conclusions.
The food and service at this restaurant are sub-par. The food is never cooked all the way through. For e.g. in the cauliflower manchurian, the dough in cauliflower dumplings are not cooked. The dish lacks the spice and flavor of what I have tasted during my visit to India. It is certainly NOT at the level of even a half-way decent restaurant in India...let alone a 5-star one. The appetizers are ok...not great but atleast worth a try. It used to be busy due to the curiosity factor when it first opened...it no longer is. The last time a colleague wanted to try it, we were the only people in the restaurant at lunch between 12pm -1pm...
Sweet corn veg soup is fairly decent but the only difference between the plain and spicy versions is that they add green chillis to the spicy one. Clearly they do not realize that spicy does not just mean adding green chillis to a bland soup. The appetizer Lachew cauliflower suffers from the same problem as the cauliflower manchurian...not cooked at all.
Food is not consistent and service very rare
If you complain, their excuses will make you glare
Reader, Be brave and try it if you dare
I doubt you will go back...for such is the fare
We take all complaints seriously and these are always brought to the management's attention both in the kitchen and outside. To be very honest no one has complained about the cauliflower dishes that you have listed. We are dumbfounded that you took so much time to write in detail and yet have NEVER complained at the restaurant or even filled out a comment card.
Our chefs have had many years of Chinese cooking experience from five star hotels in India and we take pride in the quality of the food that goes to every customer's table. Every dish is cooked from scratch based on what a customer orders. As of today there are seven Inchin?s Bamboo Garden locations in the US and more are being added soon. This success can only be achieved by delivering quality food and service.
Higher end Indian Chinese with review from Seattle Weekly – I was recommended to this restaurant recently and I have to thank my friends that recommended Inchin's. The food here compares to the higher end Chinese restaurant that are part of 5-star hotels in India. I believe the reason why they stay busy is because of the high quality cuisine. I have eaten at lunch with my office co-workers and they cater well for large groups too.
My favorite are lunch menu, Crispy chili baby corn, chicken spring rolls, burnt garlic fried rice, chili shrimp and Lat Mai Kai.
It appears that most of the negative reviews have been written by one person, obviously with a bruised ego. Like the starters and appear to be so called Indian Chinese cuisine experts. Why not read some of the excerpts from the food critic from Seattle Weekly
"Calcutta, whose Chinatown is several hundred years old, is where the cuisine is supposed to have originated, but like General Tso's chicken from New York, Indo-Chinese food has spread across the subcontinent. Now Indo-Chinese restaurants have begun to appear in any American city with a decent South Asian community, and Inchin's is doing its part to proselytize, with franchises in a half-dozen cities, including Redmond.
The vegetable coins I dredged out of it?koftalike vegetable fritters the size of Oreos?were strange and enjoyable, especially when eaten with spoonfuls of "burnt garlic chili fried rice," a simple fried rice flecked heavily with toasted bits of garlic and pepper flakes.
In fact, everything fried appealed to our table. The spicy, full-flavored Drums of Heaven (chicken wings battered, fried, and then glazed with a chile-onion glaze) and lachew cauliflower (deep-fried florets tossed with big chunks of garlic, ginger, and chiles) both tasted like bar snacks I'd love to see more of."
Below avg food and bad service – I've been here twice and the food both times has been avg or below avergae. The service is quite slow and the order gets mixed up all the time. I've eaten Indian chinese food in other cities like Chicago, NewYork and LA and so had high hopes with this place, only to be dissapointed. Not worth the money they charge. Stay away from here.
Great Indian Chinese food – I have eaten at Inchin's in Redmond many times now and simply love the food. They serve Indian Chinese food as it is at some of the higher end Chinese restaurants in India. I only just found out that this is a chain (6 or 7 locations in the US) and that explains the wonderful quality. I ate there a couple of days ago and really liked the new menu and especially the Cilantro Fish. Lunch specials during the weekdays appear limited but are filling and they now let us order from the main menu too.
Unlike other Indian or Chinese restaurants, the ambience at Inchin's is really nice with dark bamboo layout, waterfall and the decor. I highly recommend this place for business meetings, casual dining or a date. In the late evenings especially the weekends, they get busy, so I would recommend getting there before 9 PM. Basic fact that they remain busy indicates that this is a good restaurant.
I have taken my American and Chinese friends to this restaurant and they love the food too. We ask for the spice level to be adjusted and the kitchen takes care of it. Every time I go there I want to eat something different but simply cannot get away from the wonderful and spicy appetizers such as Crispy Chili Baby corn, Lat Mai Kai and Pan Fried Chili Fish.
Average food and poor service – Food at this restaurant is quite average. I have been here with several Indian colleagues 3 -4 times and I have been disappointed each time. I usually order the vegetarian entrees such as Vegetable coins in manchurian sauce or the paneer in some sauce but the dishes are badly prepared. The coins are generally undercooked and the sauces not too flavorful or tasty. The appetizers are no better. I am not sure if the management has tasted the food they serve as it tastes under-cooked most of the time. I am not sure about the non-vegetarian food as I have not tried it. I have only returned to this restaurant becasue it has pleasing ambience for lunch meetings.
Service here is the real deal breaker. It takes a while before you get menus or drinks and even longer to get the food. Even my Indian colleagues who are quite well versed with GOOD Indo-chinese food are surprised by the average food and poor service quality.
If you try it, I hope you have a better experience that I have had.
Editorial Review – Fusion cuisine blends flavors from India and the China, including braised lamb with choy sum and garlic chili fried rice.
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