Issaquah >Food & Dining > Macky's Dim Sum
317 NW Gilman Blvd Ste 43, Issaquah, WA | Directions 9802747.540650 -122.040966
Mon-Fri 11am-9:30pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am-9:30pm
Excellent dim sum menu – Macky's is located in Issaquah's Gilman Village, tucked away in a back loop that's maybe not the ideal place for a restaurant, but provides plenty of parking. I have come here on three weekend nights, a Friday and two Saturdays. I can't vouch for the main menu items, since I only ordered off the dim sum page, which is a front-and-back glossy page with photos of all the dishes listed. There are quite a few dishes listed, though the selection is probably not as great as the variety of dim sum found at Top Gun in Bellevue; it's hard to compare since the dim sum dishes at Top Gun are all ordered from the traveling dim sum carts, and there is no formal menu to order dim sum dishes from (on a side note, the cart service is only available on weekend mornings at Macky's, though the dim sum menu is available during all regular hours, so if you want that experience, come Saturday or Sunday morning).
The waiting time is generally short, ranging from instant seating to about a five-minute wait. The owners and staff are extremely personable and made a visible effort to make me feel welcome. The owners themselves work to manage the "small" affairs of the restaurant, including waiting tables, which is very nice to see. My favorite dishes to eat at Macky's include the most iconic dishes such as 蛋挞 (egg tart), 小笼包 (Shanghai-style steamed dumplings), and 糯米鸡 (sticky rice). They did a good job representing these dishes, and all of them were made to order, so they all arrived steaming at the table. This may increase the waiting time for food, but the dishes began to arrive between 10-15 minutes after ordering, and I feel the wait is worth the freshly-made food. Other dishes I'd recommend include the 芥兰 (Chinese broccoli, of which there is a lot in a single dish, enough for two or three people), 烧麦 (siu mai), and 叉烧包 (steamed pork dumpling). A small bowl of rice is about two dollars, and it makes a good addition to the other dishes because you won't need to order the quantity you'd feel like ordering without the rice if you're looking to eat cheaply. As long as you don't order a mix of dishes from the regular and dim sum menus, you can leave feeling you ate well for a good price. The prices are similar to Top Gun, but the fact the dishes were freshly made, at least at night, seemed to make the flavor and value of Macky's dishes stand out.
just ok. – i dined at Macky's recently, i had been craving a good bbq pork bun or Hum Bao, at 2pm they said they were sold out. so... they dont have any for the dinner service? well, we also got the won ton soup, chicken lettuce wraps, and a steamed (not baked like i wanted) bbq pork bun, it was all mediocre. i was not impressed with really anything. the price for all that was around $27 and the two of us were nice and full. i'd say that the majority of the menu items are overpriced. we dont plan on visiting Macky's again, it was a bit of a disappointment.
what a let down!! – We are in the shopping center this restaurant opened in regularly and were looking forward to this place for months. What a let down!
The first time we ate there, I ordered take-out:
- Singapore noodles: not as greasy as Cafe Ori, more ordinary in flavor - just your standard curry powder - and the shrimp (the little salad prawn type) all had ugly black veins. Not worth the $8.95.
- duck salad: was supposed to be on cabbage with pickled onions. It was on spring greens with raw sliced onions. OK amount of duck. dressing unremarkable. Ordinary for $8
- seafood soup: a cornstarch thickened clear soup with egg white whizzled through. Light, but broth had no depth and the "seafood" was a couple of miniature scallops and more of the salad prawns with black veins.
It seemed pricey, and we thought there was potential.
So we went again. BAD IDEA.
We dined in on a Sunday evening. Not busy at all. We ordered off the dimsum picture menu. The guy used to own China Gate, and their dimsum isn't terrible. Here, on the other hand, it was all mediocre and tired at best.
- har gao. BAD BAD BAD. the skins were tough, not elastic and tender. Not "Q-Q" at all. The prawns inside were more of their little prawns instead of chunks of succulent large prawns. Very dry, no sign of fat to make them juicy. And they were lukewarm. We told Macky, he got us another serving, plus a free one, and they were STILL not hot. And still not fresh tasting.
- siu mai. More tired. The surface had a dark skin as if these were leftovers from the lunchtime dimsum.
- salt and pepper fried cod and fried tofu. These were good, fresh and hot and crisp though the tofu was a bit dark and broken up.
- rice wrapped in lotus leaf. mushy rice, not "Q" or al dente. dull and flavorless.
We couldn't be bothered to order anything else.
Maybe dimsum is better during regular dimsum hours. But China Gate managed to serve up hot and fresh dimsum any time of the day, so why can't this place? Even fresh, the hargao had the cheapy crappy shrimp anyway, and the rice in lotus leaf would still have been bland.
We are not going back.
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