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1121 E Pike St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812247.614000 -122.317178
Neighborhoods: Broadway, Capitol Hill
Oh, Boom. What happened? This place used to be da bomb, but it has fizzled under new ownership. The food still looks good, but it's bland and when you call it to the attention of the servers, they shrug their shoulders.
My first time to go to Boom noodle on Capital hill, Seattle. I was just reading all the reviews & I was totally shocked! I had to make sure they were reviewing the same restaurant! A lot of negative reviews but when I went there with my son yesterday for lunch I was sooo impressed from the decor to the staff! I am currently in a wheelchair & the staff went above & beyond to accommodate me! Plus the staff was very nice! Took our order right away! Everyone was exceptionally nice & polite! But the food was absolutely awesome! I had the "bento box" with pad Thai, Thai salad, rice, & vegetable tempura! Now myself being Japanese I was a little cautious when it comes to making tempura! Of course I want the crispness plus not to be oily & that's exactly what I got! So crunchy! Crispy pinko breadcrumbs! Plus excellent dipping sauce. But I just loved the bowls & little tray that the bento box was formed in! Very unique! I don't know our waiters name but he is Asian with slightly curly hair! I have to say he was thee nicest waiter I have had! Exceptional! Always asking if we needed anything else! Asked if we wanted to taste the icecream for dessert? Anyway! With all the other reviews I hope going bovine what everyone else said I am hoping that people will take this serious & go try Boom Noodle on Capital hill, Seattle!
Totally Unique! – I love this place. I am always looking for unique places to eat, and this one definitely takes the cake. But it's not scary unique, its just unique unique. I had the sizzling toban beef and the okanomiyaki for apps and they are so good, especially the beef. Sizzling hot with garlic chips, onions and mushrooms, yummy! The yaki udon and the wasabi soba are both delicious too! And if you have room for dessert, which I kind of doubt, try the Boom Waffle!
Awesome Apps! – I love all of their food, but I am especially in love with their appetizers (they refer to them as "small plates"). I could eat there every day if I could afford it. My favorites are Sesame Tofu and Sizzling Toban beef, check it out for happy hour when prices are even cheaper!
Good ramen to be found at the Boom – Good noodles, good atmosphere, good service. Not the cheapest but worth the price if you like good ramen. The Tokyo pork ramen was excellent, yummy and filling.
My out of town guests were WOWED by this Capital Hill JAPANESE noodle house – In November 2008 I met my cousin & her husband from Savannah at Boom Noodle for lunch we shared fabulously, delicious, savory dishes. They are still wishing there was a Japanese Noodle House flourishing in their coastal paradise. it was fun we all had a great time. The wait staff were attentive and told us their favorite dishes. The organic tea was beautifully presented. I went back on New Years Eve with two friends to celebrate one of our birthdays. Again the experience was satisfyingly delicious. I especially enjoyed the brown rice cake appetizers.
I don't know Boom or Sushi or anything but my co-eaters do – Went to this place after hearing all sorts of good reviews, with an Asian friend (great cook) and her mother (even better cook). I don't know a lot about Japanese food, so I kinda shrugged and tolerated the fact that my soup was cold, the noodles were bland, the sushi/fish/whatever it was was [shrug] equally bland, and the waiter seemed to have forgotten about 1/2 of our party's orders.
But the wait staff were wearing urban chic outfits and 'do's, so I guess I was supposed to be impressed. They (the wait staff) certainly acted like I was supposed to be impressed!
I came out of my shell, though, when mamma-san and date-san (the excellent cooks) pronounced the food as VERY disapointing!
I mean, when you're a bachelor, living at home, and the people you're with eat about 2 bites of their meals, and you say "well, I could always take it home and eat it some evening -- I like leftovers" and BOTH of them instantly said "NO! THIS FOOD ISN"T EVEN GOOD ENOUGH FOR LEFTOVERS!"...
I have got to believe it's not to be recommended!
went here last night. great food, good value, family friendly, fun fun fun! very similar to wagamama in the UK if you have ever been there.
It's MY BOOM! – We've been to Boom Noodle MANY times now and LOVE it. The decor is modern and cool (chairs are super comfortable) and the food is great. Try anything Udon....pan fried, cold with Miso dressing, in a curry broth with seafood, ....then there are the small plates - the Boom edamame is addictive (it's like a dip), salmon tatake (sp?) is super unique, curry potato cake and miso broiled rice cakes - DELISH.....and don't miss the green beans (under side dishes - on the back of the menu) The food doesn't always come out formally served or exactly when expected , but has always been really fast for us - if you are relaxed and adventurous you will have a great time.
nice space, decent food, lousy service – I've been to Boom twice and there are definitely good and bad points.
The interior is great, terrific space, marvelously decorated.
The food is variable. I've tasted several of the noodle dishes and the okonomiyaki. The soba noodles in beet shiso broth is excellent - very interesting and fresh taste. The miso ramen had a very nice broth, but the chicken was out of place. It had a lot of black pepper on it and tasted very much like a BK chicken sandwich.... it was tough, dry - very disappointing. The Tokyo ramen was good though not the equal of Samurai. The noodles were not totally consistent. In one of our bowls the noodles were slightly undercooked, the other overcooked. The okonomiyaki (a pancake filled with shredded cabbage and pork, topped with veggies and sauce) was excellent and rich. It was a small portion, but even sharing, it was more than enough. The first time I was there I ordered tea and was highly disappointed to have a nice tea decanter with an infuser come holding a tea bag.... I really had expected a nice loose tea.
Now the service - that's another thing all together. On our second visit we had some of the worst service I've had at a restaurant in a long time.... We were there for a late lunch and my husband ordered a bowl of noodles, I the okonomiyaki. The noodles came, but nothing else.... we waited and I told my husband to go ahead and start... waited more, waited more.... nice to sit there uncomfortably watching someone eat.... finally I asked if the other dish had been forgotten? The reply was that it takes a while... It's pretty much kitchen 101 that you do not serve a party until *everyones* food is ready - you plan it so that all dishes are ready together. It wasn't even very busy so there should have been no excuses. I thought the reply was rude and I was still stuck there for about 5 more min. foodless. The waitress was somewhat clumsy too- dropping the dishes she was clearing. Had I been in a better mood I may not have even noticed.
All Show, No Game – Uhm. I don't know what to say. I've had better street food in Japan and Korea for about a fifth of the price. The Tokyo noodles were slightly better than fancified beef-flavored instant ramen, and comes with a terribly bland and dry slab of pork. The okonomiyaki, or pork and veggie pancake, was inharmoniously sweet and savory, resembling something of thousand island sauce on a Big Mac. A friend ordered the most expensive menu item--seafood curry udon-- we he seemed to like, but to me was nothing more than runny Indian curry with a small tuft of udon noodles, mini shrimp, and mussels. While good, there was nothing deeply satisfying, spectacular, or creative about this place.
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