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1121 E Pike St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812247.614000 -122.317178
Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, Broadway
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.
Terrible Soup! – The appetizers (katsu curry) were tasty and the desserts (mochi ice cream) delicious and original, but the ramens and udons were tasteless and cooked with terrible tasting meat. Service was ok, nothing special. Atmosphere was average.
Worst service ever! – I've never walked out of a restaurant or bar without paying before, but all that changed after my first visit to Boom. I ordered some take out with the host, who was very attentive, even caring enough to warn me that one of the dishes I ordered would take up to 15 minutes to prepare. I said that was fine, paid for my food, and decided to wait for my food in the bar. After five or more minutes, the bartender finally decided to slide a food menu to me, but didn't bother asking if I wanted anything to drink before he ran off to help two of his friends sitting on the other side of the bar. I finally was able to order a Bloody Mary-chan, a house specialty, which the menu said came with umeboshi and pickled green beans, which were the whole reason I ordered the drink. Well, when my drink came I was shocked to see almost no salt on the rim, an under ripe lemon slice and a wafer-thin, day-old slice of cucumber... no umeboshi... and not one green bean to be found. I tried to politely get the bartender's attention, who I knew saw me, to see if he could remake the drink, but every time he came in my general direction, he would pretend to remember something he needed to do and walk away. Nevermind the fact that, though he didn't have time to bother with me, he did have time to make up a new drink, which wasn't on the menu, for his two friends. My food came a few minutes later, and after waiting another 10-15 minutes of trying to get the bartender's attention, I thought to myself, "I bet he wouldn't even notice if I left," and walked out. He never even asked if I wanted the bill, which I wouldn't have paid anyway, because that was the worst Bloody Mary and the worst service I've ever had in my life. And the food? The okonomiyaki was awful, covered in shredded daikon, and smelled horrible. The curry katsu was tiny, and had Indian curry, not Japanese. I've made better from pre-made mix! This is not authentic Japanese! Just a pathetic, overpriced American imitation.
Great service, nice atmosphere – The Resteraunt Boom noodle really caught my attention because it had a very japanese-like feel and the food was delicious. all in all, I would recommend anyone who likes japanese food to go to this lovely resteraunt.
Doom noodle – This place is really terrible. My boyfriend and I went excited that perhaps finally we would have a great ramen/noodle place to go here in the city... but alas, this is not it.
The mod decorations and wall-sized pictures are definitely adequate for what I think they are trying to recreate here: Tokyo... but the food is absolutely sub-par.
I got a noodle soup which was so bland and unspectacular, I can't even remember what it had in it. My boyfriend ordered a chicken dish with dancing flakes of some sort which had slightly more flavor than my soup, but did not earn it a better review.
The waiter was inattentive and seemed to be far too stressed out for as few tables as he was trying to attend to. Our food took far too long to arrive for as slow as they were at the time of day we went, and my entree arrived at least 10 minutes before my boyfriend's. I think that's one of the first rules of a good place to eat -- your food should arrive as simultaneously as possible when you dine with other people.
The tea was ok, but nothing to rave over either, and it had to be served in a different container since they were out of the cool little pots they usually use -- I guess that was one more thing to make us feel like this place was unorganized and unappetizing.
I'm not sure why this place has as many stars here on City Search as it does... I can't wait til the real deal comes to town, with delicious food worth the money they charge.
I guess I was wishing for a NYC-type Momofuku place, or something.
I was sorely disappointed.
Side dishes were the strength – The place is cool. love the atmosphere. the service was very slow and abrupt. the noodle dishes weren't anything special- i would rather go to the ID for noodles. but the small plates were good - particularly the edamame puree and taro chips and the beef and the brown rice cakes.
Disappointed In Boom Noodles – Upon entering Boom Noodles a smelled what I thought was dirty dish towels. My boyfriend and I quietly debated if we should leave at that very moment. We foolishly decided to stay. Being an adventurous eater I asked the waitress what the most popular dish was on the menu and ordered it. I quickly found where the terrible smell was coming from. It was from what I believe to be a spoiled mushrooms in one of their noodle soup dishes. I am not a picky eater in the least and but the highly salted soup was inedible. I don't suggest this place in the least.
Horrible service, decent food – Typical Sat. night amateur-hour service -- one person in our group didn't get her appetizer until everyone else had their entree, and her entree arrived once everyone was finishing up theirs. (Japanese noodles in soup must be eaten promptly, so it wasn't an option for us to wait for her entree to arrive.) Be vigilant about being served the correct dish -- the runners have no clue who ordered what (for that matter, neither did the server). Bamboo shoots in the Tokyo ramen were sharp/vinegary instead of mellow/earthy, adding to overall saltiness of the broth. Noodles were mediocre - better ramen noodles are available in refrigerated packets at Uwajimaya. The pork in the Tokyo ramen lacked any sweetness. Overall, food is mediocre (but ok if you're not familiar with real Japanese comfort food), service is third-rate, decor is glorified cafeteria -- but it's fine for a quick bite on Capitol Hill.
Great for the eyes... not so much for the stomach – This place is all hype. The decor is cool, I love anything modern, but the food is nothing short of top ramen. If you are looking for good udon noodles on Cap. Hill, you would be much better off going to Hana on Broadway. It's cheaper and tastes better.
"Hole-in-the-Walls" preferred – Just a "trendy" place is the perfect way to describe this restaurant. Noodles were VERY bland, service was slow and not very menu educated, and dishes were definitely not authentic. The only dish I barely put down was the curry potatoe crouqettes which were basically tator tots dipped in curry. I gave it 2 stars because of the delicious juices that are tasty and unique otherwise I'd probably be better off eating ramen in a bowl at home or down the street for true delicious authentic noodles. If you want trendy please just stay down the street in belltown, leave the true capitol hill scene alone.
Good spot for a casual night out. – Visited Boom a couple of times since the place has opened and it's pretty consistent - Above average in terms of flavors and use of ingredients; Below average in service. Sure you may be able to get a bowl couple bucks cheaper at one of those whole in a wall places, but this is a pretty chic spot, for a noodle shop that is.
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