Monsoon Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 615 19th Ave E

    Seattle, WA 98112

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  • 206-325-2111

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Had an order of the c tm xo asian eggplant (~$12): eggplant with green onion and spicy coconut sauce. Also had an order of ch#29; gi chay crispy vegetarian rolls (~$10): taro, northwest tofu, carrots, and woodear mushrooms. Food was

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★★★★★

Had an order of the c tm xo asian eggplant (~$12): eggplant with green onion and spicy coconut sauce. Also had an order of ch#29; gi chay crispy vegetarian rolls (~$10): taro, northwest tofu, carrots, and woodear mushrooms. Food was

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This small restaurant has amazing food and is wonderful place to spend an evening!

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★★★★★

This small restaurant has amazing food and is wonderful place to spend an evening!

Pros: Delicious, intimate, delightful

Cons: None

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Okay, sorry for all the reviews about the bad service that has been written up. Personally, my husband and I have always received very professional and attentive care during our dining experience.

Comparing this restaurant to Tamarind Tree or Green Leaf in the ID - ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!

That's like comparing Nishino's to Blue C.

Sure, save a few bucks in the ID and get okay food for your money. McDondalds also serves a Filet-O-Fish that's gonna fill a hole. I'm not above that...

But, if you want a real treat, taste wise, check this place out.

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★★★★★

Okay, sorry for all the reviews about the bad service that has been written up. Personally, my husband and I have always received very professional and attentive care during our dining experience.

Comparing this restaurant to Tamarind Tree or Green Leaf in the ID - ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!

That's like comparing Nishino's to Blue C.

Sure, save a few bucks in the ID and get okay food for your money. McDondalds also serves a Filet-O-Fish that's gonna fill a hole. I'm not above that...

But, if you want a real treat, taste wise, check this place out.

Pros: Just darn good food

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While I cannot speak to it being real Vietnamese or not ?? I can speak to it being wonderfully tasty. It became a favorite lunch spot from work on Pill Hill. It is not close to much of anything ?? but worth the drive. We found the service to be much more than adequate and the variety of food satisfied many different tastes. Highly recommendable.

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★★★★☆

While I cannot speak to it being real Vietnamese or not ?? I can speak to it being wonderfully tasty. It became a favorite lunch spot from work on Pill Hill. It is not close to much of anything ?? but worth the drive. We found the service to be much more than adequate and the variety of food satisfied many different tastes. Highly recommendable.

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Monsoon, in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood has a very simple (almost zen-like) yet an upscale ambience.
The menu that was there online promised atleast a couple of vegetarian dishes to choose from, but their menu changes on a daily basis and unfortunately there wasn't much of a vegetarian choice. I pretty much had only french toast or waffles to choose from. (I wouldn't recommend this place, if both of you are vegetarians!) I had the Brioche French Toast with Caramelised Pineapple and Creme Fraiche ($11). AJ had the Organic Egg Benedict with Spiced Pork Patty and Fried Potatoes ($12) and we shared the Scrambled Eggs with Hedgehog Mushrooms, lap xuong and truffle oil ($11). We sadly, didn't order the dim sum and later realised that they seemed to be very popular among the regulars there.

The french toast was good but there was nothing extraordinarily great about it, Ive defenitely had better ones. The pork patties were an interesting combination with the egg benedict and the fried potatoes and stir fried bok-choy and onions completed the dish. We were not very happy with the scrambled eggs though, I had only the eggs as the lap xuong is a chinese sausage. But AJ did feel that the combination of the eggs with the mushrooms and lapxuong was good. Overall, it was a good meal - the food was good, we loved the simple ambience, the service was upto the mark and the prices were reasonable. But, if you are just looking for good food at really low prices, then this is not the place. This is the kind of place you go to, to experiment the cuisine and to have a good experience!!

More at my blog superchef-mirchmasala on blogspot.

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★★★★☆

Monsoon, in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood has a very simple (almost zen-like) yet an upscale ambience.
The menu that was there online promised atleast a couple of vegetarian dishes to choose from, but their menu changes on a daily basis and unfortunately there wasn't much of a vegetarian choice. I pretty much had only french toast or waffles to choose from. (I wouldn't recommend this place, if both of you are vegetarians!) I had the Brioche French Toast with Caramelised Pineapple and Creme Fraiche ($11). AJ had the Organic Egg Benedict with Spiced Pork Patty and Fried Potatoes ($12) and we shared the Scrambled Eggs with Hedgehog Mushrooms, lap xuong and truffle oil ($11). We sadly, didn't order the dim sum and later realised that they seemed to be very popular among the regulars there.

The french toast was good but there was nothing extraordinarily great about it, Ive defenitely had better ones. The pork patties were an interesting combination with the egg benedict and the fried potatoes and stir fried bok-choy and onions completed the dish. We were not very happy with the scrambled eggs though, I had only the eggs as the lap xuong is a chinese sausage. But AJ did feel that the combination of the eggs with the mushrooms and lapxuong was good. Overall, it was a good meal - the food was good, we loved the simple ambience, the service was upto the mark and the prices were reasonable. But, if you are just looking for good food at really low prices, then this is not the place. This is the kind of place you go to, to experiment the cuisine and to have a good experience!!

More at my blog superchef-mirchmasala on blogspot.

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We recently ate at the new Monsoon East location in Bellevue. The food was great and 4 dishes was enough for two people with most of the prices in the low teens. Overall a very good value and the food gives Wild Ginger a run for its money.

The service was far and away the best I've had in years, with a helpful and friendly staff. The Bellevue location also had a nice ambience and will hopefully help revitalize the Old Bellevue area. There wasn't a bad thing about this place, would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an Asian fusion type menu.

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★★★★★

We recently ate at the new Monsoon East location in Bellevue. The food was great and 4 dishes was enough for two people with most of the prices in the low teens. Overall a very good value and the food gives Wild Ginger a run for its money.

The service was far and away the best I've had in years, with a helpful and friendly staff. The Bellevue location also had a nice ambience and will hopefully help revitalize the Old Bellevue area. There wasn't a bad thing about this place, would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an Asian fusion type menu.

Pros: Great Vietnamese Food with a Fancy Twist. Stellar Service.

Cons: Hidden Location, Parking.

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Food too salty, service like hovering helicopters, food undercooked (bloody chicken), no love, no satisfaction, too much money and not worth it. And it's faux veitnamese.

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★★☆☆☆

Food too salty, service like hovering helicopters, food undercooked (bloody chicken), no love, no satisfaction, too much money and not worth it. And it's faux veitnamese.

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I had brunch at Monsoon this past weekend and was excited by all the rave reviews it had gotten. The dim sum style dishes were good - we had the shrimp/chive wontons, daikon cakes, nem nuong, & sticky rice/pork. The fare was your standard dim sum -- good, but not any better than what you would get in the ID, and at Monsoon you pay twice as much. Service was poor. We were seated quickly, considering we had a party of 10, however, the food came out sporadically over a period of two hours -- needless to say, members of our party had finished their appetizer AND entree before others had even gotten any of their food! The entrees, while presented beautifully, were miniscule and some of our party were still hungry after the meal was over! I had the pork belly & french toast (great flavors) - other entrees ordered were the banh xeo (crispy and delicious), steak & eggs (tiny - do not order if you are hungry), lemongrass chicken vermicelli (really good, but miniscule), and congee (average). The food is good, but not $20 and entree good. For instance, if I want vermicelli in the future, I'm going to Huong Binh in the ID, where I'll pay $6, be satisfied, and have the best grilled pork in town. Monsoon just isn't worth the price for average Vietnamese food. For Vietnamese I'll still go to Green Leaf, where it is 100 times better or else home, for mom's homecooked Vietnamese meals. Pretty sure I won't be trying dinner at Monsoon.

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★★★☆☆

I had brunch at Monsoon this past weekend and was excited by all the rave reviews it had gotten. The dim sum style dishes were good - we had the shrimp/chive wontons, daikon cakes, nem nuong, & sticky rice/pork. The fare was your standard dim sum -- good, but not any better than what you would get in the ID, and at Monsoon you pay twice as much. Service was poor. We were seated quickly, considering we had a party of 10, however, the food came out sporadically over a period of two hours -- needless to say, members of our party had finished their appetizer AND entree before others had even gotten any of their food! The entrees, while presented beautifully, were miniscule and some of our party were still hungry after the meal was over! I had the pork belly & french toast (great flavors) - other entrees ordered were the banh xeo (crispy and delicious), steak & eggs (tiny - do not order if you are hungry), lemongrass chicken vermicelli (really good, but miniscule), and congee (average). The food is good, but not $20 and entree good. For instance, if I want vermicelli in the future, I'm going to Huong Binh in the ID, where I'll pay $6, be satisfied, and have the best grilled pork in town. Monsoon just isn't worth the price for average Vietnamese food. For Vietnamese I'll still go to Green Leaf, where it is 100 times better or else home, for mom's homecooked Vietnamese meals. Pretty sure I won't be trying dinner at Monsoon.

Pros: Location, ambience

Cons: Vegetarian substitutes weren't available for brunch, service, average food for high $$, no reservations taken for brunch

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I read about the restaurant on its site and it sounded really exciting. I love Vietnamese food and I thought an upscale Vietnamese restaurant would be a great date spot for me and my husband. After 10 minute wait we got seated and ordererd two appetizers: stuffed calamari and five-star pork ribs. The tastes weren't balanced, too sour, not enough spice or sweetness. Food texture was pleasing, I liked the combination of jicama with mushrooms in calmari, but overpowering vinegar ruined the experience. Pork ribs were just OK, again not enough spice and way too much vinegar. For our entree we ordered clay pott catfish, which was quite nice except it had a slight burnt taste to it. The chefs forgot that clay pott catfish should boast sweet and smooth caramel taste, not burt and a bit bitter aftertaste... Needless to say, we were paying a lot for a very average Vietnamese food. To tell you the truth small family owned restaurants in International discrit serve a lot more pleasing food for a fraction of the cost. I would not recommend the place.

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★★☆☆☆

I read about the restaurant on its site and it sounded really exciting. I love Vietnamese food and I thought an upscale Vietnamese restaurant would be a great date spot for me and my husband. After 10 minute wait we got seated and ordererd two appetizers: stuffed calamari and five-star pork ribs. The tastes weren't balanced, too sour, not enough spice or sweetness. Food texture was pleasing, I liked the combination of jicama with mushrooms in calmari, but overpowering vinegar ruined the experience. Pork ribs were just OK, again not enough spice and way too much vinegar. For our entree we ordered clay pott catfish, which was quite nice except it had a slight burnt taste to it. The chefs forgot that clay pott catfish should boast sweet and smooth caramel taste, not burt and a bit bitter aftertaste... Needless to say, we were paying a lot for a very average Vietnamese food. To tell you the truth small family owned restaurants in International discrit serve a lot more pleasing food for a fraction of the cost. I would not recommend the place.

Pros: Service, ambience, wine list

Cons: Food

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If you want to go to some fancier Vietnamese restaurant this is the place to go, but the food was not worth the money you spent there. I would recommend a tiny family place with some love, because this food had no love. An the service, I didn't know we got any.

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★★☆☆☆

If you want to go to some fancier Vietnamese restaurant this is the place to go, but the food was not worth the money you spent there. I would recommend a tiny family place with some love, because this food had no love. An the service, I didn't know we got any.

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I was really excited to experience traditional vietnamese flavors transformed somewhat by western, upscale methods of cooking. I was expecting to taste something new and exciting but was disappointed as the previous reviewer was by its blandness. Now, I understand that a restaurant can have an off-day and would have given it another chance if it wasn't for the awful, terrible, rude service. The waitress made us feel like we were imposing simply by coming through the door. It took an awful long time for her to take our order and after she literally dropped the plates on the table, we didn't see her until she came with the check. I will never go to Monsoon again and will always suggest that people stay away from there.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was really excited to experience traditional vietnamese flavors transformed somewhat by western, upscale methods of cooking. I was expecting to taste something new and exciting but was disappointed as the previous reviewer was by its blandness. Now, I understand that a restaurant can have an off-day and would have given it another chance if it wasn't for the awful, terrible, rude service. The waitress made us feel like we were imposing simply by coming through the door. It took an awful long time for her to take our order and after she literally dropped the plates on the table, we didn't see her until she came with the check. I will never go to Monsoon again and will always suggest that people stay away from there.

Pros: Food could have potential to be good.

Cons: THE MOST TERRIBLE SERVICE I'VE EXPERIENCED!

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I'd been looking forward to eating at Monsoon for quite a while but was disappointed by the experience. They had an impressive wine list and though the dishes my partner and I had (pan-seared scallops, wokked lamb) were nicely presented, they tasted very bland. Considering the high prices, we were expecting something exceptional but it was average at best. No strong or delicate or interesting flavors - not much flavor at all in fact. I think in terms of value and consistent tastiness, you'd be better off going to the Tamarind Tree and spending half as much. On top of this, the male server we had was rude and snobbish. I honestly wouldn't care if the food merited the attitude, but it really didn't. Bottom line: find yourself a nice Vietnamese restaurant in the International District, like the Tamarind Tree, and leave this place to people whose taste buds died silently many years ago.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'd been looking forward to eating at Monsoon for quite a while but was disappointed by the experience. They had an impressive wine list and though the dishes my partner and I had (pan-seared scallops, wokked lamb) were nicely presented, they tasted very bland. Considering the high prices, we were expecting something exceptional but it was average at best. No strong or delicate or interesting flavors - not much flavor at all in fact. I think in terms of value and consistent tastiness, you'd be better off going to the Tamarind Tree and spending half as much. On top of this, the male server we had was rude and snobbish. I honestly wouldn't care if the food merited the attitude, but it really didn't. Bottom line: find yourself a nice Vietnamese restaurant in the International District, like the Tamarind Tree, and leave this place to people whose taste buds died silently many years ago.

Pros: If you lived close, you could walk there

Cons: Bland, overpriced, bad service

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I recommend their brunch.

It was hard to find this place b/c the sign was so small. I did not expect the restaurant to be even smaller. It felt like the size of a large bedroom.

The staff was not overly delighted to serve us because I think they split their tips. The person who seated us did not take our order so thats what I figure.

The food was very good. Trust me, I'm Vietnamese and I used to get 'mass production' dim sum at House of Hong and at the other international district places. The chefs at monsoon really poured there heart into creating delicate and delicious food.

Good atmosphere. It's a nice place to take your friends on a Sunday morning-afternoon. Good for kids if they can behave like my six year old niece Julia.

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★★★☆☆

I recommend their brunch.

It was hard to find this place b/c the sign was so small. I did not expect the restaurant to be even smaller. It felt like the size of a large bedroom.

The staff was not overly delighted to serve us because I think they split their tips. The person who seated us did not take our order so thats what I figure.

The food was very good. Trust me, I'm Vietnamese and I used to get 'mass production' dim sum at House of Hong and at the other international district places. The chefs at monsoon really poured there heart into creating delicate and delicious food.

Good atmosphere. It's a nice place to take your friends on a Sunday morning-afternoon. Good for kids if they can behave like my six year old niece Julia.

Pros: good food

Cons: parking, small space, semi-desent service

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My husband and I just moved into this Capitol Hill neighborhood a couple months ago. Such a beautiful neighborhood. Our first time at Monsoon was a very pleasant experience (mainly to the beautiful, sweet and attentive hostess, Ceylon). The food was delicious, especially the beef with chinese celery. We further enjoyed the extensive wine list very much. Since we're all moved in, we were really excited to return to our new favorite neigbhorhood restaurant, Monsoon. Twice this past month, we DID NOT have a good dinning experience and service was VERY BAD. The hostess (not Ceylon) looking tired and unwelcoming, our server very unorganized and seems as though he had better things to do ---chatting up a table of his friends, while we waited a long time for our food and drinks? Delicious food and good wine list is not going make us return due to bad service. Everyone enjoy the simple things in life...good food, wine and service while dinning out. We're just sorry to have recommended to our friends and same disagppointment. Recently we discovered Little Siagon District (12th/Jackson) near International District and go there regularly. The food is just as authentic or even better! Cheap and you save the hassle of paying too much for bad service. A little respect to service comes a long way.

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★★☆☆☆

My husband and I just moved into this Capitol Hill neighborhood a couple months ago. Such a beautiful neighborhood. Our first time at Monsoon was a very pleasant experience (mainly to the beautiful, sweet and attentive hostess, Ceylon). The food was delicious, especially the beef with chinese celery. We further enjoyed the extensive wine list very much. Since we're all moved in, we were really excited to return to our new favorite neigbhorhood restaurant, Monsoon. Twice this past month, we DID NOT have a good dinning experience and service was VERY BAD. The hostess (not Ceylon) looking tired and unwelcoming, our server very unorganized and seems as though he had better things to do ---chatting up a table of his friends, while we waited a long time for our food and drinks? Delicious food and good wine list is not going make us return due to bad service. Everyone enjoy the simple things in life...good food, wine and service while dinning out. We're just sorry to have recommended to our friends and same disagppointment. Recently we discovered Little Siagon District (12th/Jackson) near International District and go there regularly. The food is just as authentic or even better! Cheap and you save the hassle of paying too much for bad service. A little respect to service comes a long way.

Pros: Food and Wine List

Cons: Parking, SERVICE

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I came in two weeks ago. I felt that the place did not have a warm welcome or I felt as if the service especially the men would snarl about you after waiting on you to the other waiters, it was very uncomfortable. The hostess girl with the black hair was very nice and sweet but the two waiters that are men weren't as friendly...Overall, the food was amazing, the cooks are very talented and would come back to taste some more of the great wine selection they have.

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★★★☆☆

I came in two weeks ago. I felt that the place did not have a warm welcome or I felt as if the service especially the men would snarl about you after waiting on you to the other waiters, it was very uncomfortable. The hostess girl with the black hair was very nice and sweet but the two waiters that are men weren't as friendly...Overall, the food was amazing, the cooks are very talented and would come back to taste some more of the great wine selection they have.

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This is one of the best Vietnamese food i have ever had! I had the beef with asparagus and it couldn't be any better! The only drawback is that this is not really kid-friendly. Both of my daughters didn't finish their fried noodles. Overall, i recommend this place for those seeking elegant Vietnamese cuisine!

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★★★★☆

This is one of the best Vietnamese food i have ever had! I had the beef with asparagus and it couldn't be any better! The only drawback is that this is not really kid-friendly. Both of my daughters didn't finish their fried noodles. Overall, i recommend this place for those seeking elegant Vietnamese cuisine!

Pros: Delicious Food

Cons: Not Kid-Friendly

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i love their brunch; this place is great for out-of-town guests. they offer some french things, some asian things and some yummy dimsum. it's all great. the dinners are nicely portioned, great service. monsoon is a great little neighborhood gem.

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★★★★☆

i love their brunch; this place is great for out-of-town guests. they offer some french things, some asian things and some yummy dimsum. it's all great. the dinners are nicely portioned, great service. monsoon is a great little neighborhood gem.

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I'm not surprised to see other reviewers mention the poor service in recent months at Monsoon, and it does make a difference.

>"I don't care if you are a FOODIE, get over yourself and focus on the plate. Admittedly, the Monsoon staff can be aloof."

Superficial things can be ignored in the face of great food. But service is an integral part of the meal. When you want something else - more water, for instance, or another dish - and you can't get a waiter for 30 minutes, it matters. When your dirty plates stay in front of you for another 40, and you have to go up to the kitchen to ask for a check, it impacts your evening. This isn't self-service.

Frankly, I think it affects their food, too, which isn't as consistently good as it used to be. I'll admit the best dishes have always been great, but this year is the first time we've had some that were disappointing.

Still, even if you like the food, you have the right to expect good treatment by the staff. Dining out is an experience, and when customers are treated as unimportant, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

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★★★☆☆

I'm not surprised to see other reviewers mention the poor service in recent months at Monsoon, and it does make a difference.

>"I don't care if you are a FOODIE, get over yourself and focus on the plate. Admittedly, the Monsoon staff can be aloof."

Superficial things can be ignored in the face of great food. But service is an integral part of the meal. When you want something else - more water, for instance, or another dish - and you can't get a waiter for 30 minutes, it matters. When your dirty plates stay in front of you for another 40, and you have to go up to the kitchen to ask for a check, it impacts your evening. This isn't self-service.

Frankly, I think it affects their food, too, which isn't as consistently good as it used to be. I'll admit the best dishes have always been great, but this year is the first time we've had some that were disappointing.

Still, even if you like the food, you have the right to expect good treatment by the staff. Dining out is an experience, and when customers are treated as unimportant, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

Pros: Tasty fusion food

Cons: Terrible service

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One of the best Vietnamese food i have ever had so far! My favorite spot for dim sum with my family!

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★★★★★

One of the best Vietnamese food i have ever had so far! My favorite spot for dim sum with my family!

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Monsoon has high quality ingredients and innovative, yet authentic cuisine. I just love the pan seared diver scallops with tumeric, dill and coconut sticky rice! I think it?s great that they have such a great wine selection, because there should be more than beer, sake and soju served at Asian restaurants. When he?s there, the owner, Eric Banh, is a delight and a warm, genuine person to be around. I look forward to trying the weekend dim sum!

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★★★★★

Monsoon has high quality ingredients and innovative, yet authentic cuisine. I just love the pan seared diver scallops with tumeric, dill and coconut sticky rice! I think it?s great that they have such a great wine selection, because there should be more than beer, sake and soju served at Asian restaurants. When he?s there, the owner, Eric Banh, is a delight and a warm, genuine person to be around. I look forward to trying the weekend dim sum!

Pros: Fine ingredients, great service, and nice neighborhood spot.

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It should not be classified under Vietnamese cuisine. It is heavy Americanised Chinese food. Drunken Chicken is a Chinese dish which was salty and dumped with sugar. There is no delicate touch that is involved in Vietnamese food. Braised Short Rib with Noodle was tasteless. Green Beans were seasoned with store bought chili condiment that all Vietnamese restaurant has on the table with their soysauce. That dish was so strong that I lost all my appetite.

As an Asian, I get better value and service dining at Internation District. It was also too stressful when you have to fight to get you waiter's attention. The room was noisey and I could not carry on a conversation. Why bother when the food doesn't even make up for what you have to put up with.

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★☆☆☆☆

It should not be classified under Vietnamese cuisine. It is heavy Americanised Chinese food. Drunken Chicken is a Chinese dish which was salty and dumped with sugar. There is no delicate touch that is involved in Vietnamese food. Braised Short Rib with Noodle was tasteless. Green Beans were seasoned with store bought chili condiment that all Vietnamese restaurant has on the table with their soysauce. That dish was so strong that I lost all my appetite.

As an Asian, I get better value and service dining at Internation District. It was also too stressful when you have to fight to get you waiter's attention. The room was noisey and I could not carry on a conversation. Why bother when the food doesn't even make up for what you have to put up with.

Pros: Proximity

Cons: Food

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Just after noon, I popped in with a friend to have brunch. The ambience is something I can't quite explain. It was quiet but with just a murmur of people talking, staff bustling, chef cooking....the perfect atmosphere to relax and chat. The food was really unexpected..it was the best Vietnamese food I've ever tasted! Not too much in anything. The flavors were savored in every bite. Make sure to try the Vietnamese sausage and the deserts. Wow...You have to try this Vietnamese beauty of a restaurant~

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★★★★★

Just after noon, I popped in with a friend to have brunch. The ambience is something I can't quite explain. It was quiet but with just a murmur of people talking, staff bustling, chef cooking....the perfect atmosphere to relax and chat. The food was really unexpected..it was the best Vietnamese food I've ever tasted! Not too much in anything. The flavors were savored in every bite. Make sure to try the Vietnamese sausage and the deserts. Wow...You have to try this Vietnamese beauty of a restaurant~

Pros: Duck soup, Sausages, sticky rice and all deserts

Cons: None

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My two cents to the "bad service ruined my meal at Monsoon" people. I don't care if you are a FOODIE, get over yourself and focus on the plate. Admittedly, the Monsoon staff can be aloof. But I've never experienced rudeness or any unprofessional behavior. Besides, the food more than makes up for it.

Love the green beans, catfish claypot and the ribs (a completely different take on an American classic). Super wine list as well. Although pairing Vietnamese food with wine can be tricky. Try German Riesling, NZ Sauv. Blanc or a Gruner Veltliner from Austria. Finish with the Banana cake.

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★★★★★

My two cents to the "bad service ruined my meal at Monsoon" people. I don't care if you are a FOODIE, get over yourself and focus on the plate. Admittedly, the Monsoon staff can be aloof. But I've never experienced rudeness or any unprofessional behavior. Besides, the food more than makes up for it.

Love the green beans, catfish claypot and the ribs (a completely different take on an American classic). Super wine list as well. Although pairing Vietnamese food with wine can be tricky. Try German Riesling, NZ Sauv. Blanc or a Gruner Veltliner from Austria. Finish with the Banana cake.

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I crave the drunken chicken at monsoon. We had a lovely dinner at Monsoon, the salad with prawns is so clean, fresh and delightful. The catfish comes in a cute little claypot but isn't enough to share it's so good you will need an order per person. The noodles with mushrooms and the perfectly cooked egg is a must. Our server was great assisting us with a bottle of wine. I wish Monsoon was still open for lunch. It was my favorite lunch spot. Oh the drunken chicken.

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★★★★☆

I crave the drunken chicken at monsoon. We had a lovely dinner at Monsoon, the salad with prawns is so clean, fresh and delightful. The catfish comes in a cute little claypot but isn't enough to share it's so good you will need an order per person. The noodles with mushrooms and the perfectly cooked egg is a must. Our server was great assisting us with a bottle of wine. I wish Monsoon was still open for lunch. It was my favorite lunch spot. Oh the drunken chicken.

Pros: the drunken chicken

Cons: not open for lunch anymore

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Our meal at Monsoon was an unpleasant experience. The staff was unprofessional --laughing and talking depreciatingly about customers in the restaurant while in an open kitchen area that faces directly out into the dining room. Although the wine list was extensive and the menu looked interesting, we never made it to the food. We canceled our order (something we have never done before in over a decade of eating out) after listening to our waitress joke to several of her co-workers about our group, complete with eye rolling and derogatory comments. This, after ordering an approximately $200 meal for four. Thanks, but no thanks!

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★★☆☆☆

Our meal at Monsoon was an unpleasant experience. The staff was unprofessional --laughing and talking depreciatingly about customers in the restaurant while in an open kitchen area that faces directly out into the dining room. Although the wine list was extensive and the menu looked interesting, we never made it to the food. We canceled our order (something we have never done before in over a decade of eating out) after listening to our waitress joke to several of her co-workers about our group, complete with eye rolling and derogatory comments. This, after ordering an approximately $200 meal for four. Thanks, but no thanks!

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I thought the owner of Monsoon is from Vietnam or Thailand, so I expected pretty authentic Southeastern Asian foods there, but the foods I had last time were not very authentic. I liked the casual and lively atmosphere, but the foods were not my type. Sauces and seasonings were a bit too much and almost killing the flavors of the ingredients. I will probably come back to give it one more try, hoping I will want to revise what I wrote here.

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★★★☆☆

I thought the owner of Monsoon is from Vietnam or Thailand, so I expected pretty authentic Southeastern Asian foods there, but the foods I had last time were not very authentic. I liked the casual and lively atmosphere, but the foods were not my type. Sauces and seasonings were a bit too much and almost killing the flavors of the ingredients. I will probably come back to give it one more try, hoping I will want to revise what I wrote here.

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This used to be one of my top ten reataurants to dine at but due to the bad service we just had we will not be back.

Our server completely was absent from our table during our entire dinner, did not even ask how our food was as she just wanted to chat with another table. We even finally had to ask for our check.

We go out to a restaurant to enjoy the food, wine, ambiance and service. What has happened to Monsoon? Have you just been resting on your reviews and now it's time to coast?

The food was good as always so maybe we will just get takeout next time and pass on the service!

Too bad we really loved this place.

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★★☆☆☆

This used to be one of my top ten reataurants to dine at but due to the bad service we just had we will not be back.

Our server completely was absent from our table during our entire dinner, did not even ask how our food was as she just wanted to chat with another table. We even finally had to ask for our check.

We go out to a restaurant to enjoy the food, wine, ambiance and service. What has happened to Monsoon? Have you just been resting on your reviews and now it's time to coast?

The food was good as always so maybe we will just get takeout next time and pass on the service!

Too bad we really loved this place.

Pros: Food and wine list

Cons: Pretentious service without a leg to stand on

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This, to me, seems like the perfect place to get Vietnamese/Asian food if you don't want to venture into the ID. I came here for brunch and while everything was decent--dim sum, scrambled duck eggs, etc--it wasn't anything to write home about, and the bill was at least 3x what I would have paid for dim sum in the ID. Perhaps dinner is better--I still haven't checked that out since I go to Tamarind Tree or Green Leaf when I'm craving Vietnamese food. During brunch their green apple mimosa was totally delicious though.

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★★★☆☆

This, to me, seems like the perfect place to get Vietnamese/Asian food if you don't want to venture into the ID. I came here for brunch and while everything was decent--dim sum, scrambled duck eggs, etc--it wasn't anything to write home about, and the bill was at least 3x what I would have paid for dim sum in the ID. Perhaps dinner is better--I still haven't checked that out since I go to Tamarind Tree or Green Leaf when I'm craving Vietnamese food. During brunch their green apple mimosa was totally delicious though.

Pros: Nice minimalist atmosphere

Cons: Expensive, Fairly humdrum

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Steak and eggs? French toast? Pho? Dim Sum? And more...The menu has several sections to choose from -- the colonial with traditional breakfast fare, 6 different dim sum options and a Vietnamese section wtih things like Pho and noodle bowls. We opted for the dim sum, all of which was fresh and stuffed with lots of yummy items - large shrimp, delicious pork, daikon radishes etc. Be sure to order the hum bow. The Pho, noodle bowls and other traditional breakfast items looked delicious. Great french press coffee and lovely selection of teas.

The banana cake with a coconut sauce is out of sight. Moist and delicious.

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★★★★☆

Steak and eggs? French toast? Pho? Dim Sum? And more...The menu has several sections to choose from -- the colonial with traditional breakfast fare, 6 different dim sum options and a Vietnamese section wtih things like Pho and noodle bowls. We opted for the dim sum, all of which was fresh and stuffed with lots of yummy items - large shrimp, delicious pork, daikon radishes etc. Be sure to order the hum bow. The Pho, noodle bowls and other traditional breakfast items looked delicious. Great french press coffee and lovely selection of teas.

The banana cake with a coconut sauce is out of sight. Moist and delicious.

Pros: Brunch, Good ingredients, service, ambience

Cons: parking

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went here with three others on a thursday night (with a reservation) and were promptly seated at a table for two. that sort of set the tone for the evening. service was pathetically slow and food came out in fits and starts. the crispy dungeness crab and shrimp rolls were good as a starter. other than that, i felt the rest of the food was smothered in "special sauces" to detract from that fact that it was way overcooked. the pork loin with broken rice and chantrelles would have been good if 1. there were actually any chantrelles to be found other than the dusting they claimed was in the rice, 2. if the dish hadn't been soaked in grease (i mean puddles of it), and 3. if there hadn't been an inch and a half of fat on top of the pork. the crispy drunken chicken was delicious, but really just a more expensive version of general tso's dish. they served it with "yu choy" but this could hardly be considered a vegetable in its own right. it was more to absorb the grease from the chicken. i thought the daily special of wild boar curry to be the best entree served, but my companion said it was gristly. the wokked peavines with fried shalots and garlic were palatable but greasy; the spicy green beans were supposed to come with kabocha squash, but the squash part was dried out to the point of having no flavor. we ordered a dessert of vietnamese banana cake with coconut sauce, which was delicious despite being microwaved to the point where the cake burned the roof of my mouth. overall, i think this restaurant has become compacent with its positive reviews and needs to work on service and food quality again.

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★★★☆☆

went here with three others on a thursday night (with a reservation) and were promptly seated at a table for two. that sort of set the tone for the evening. service was pathetically slow and food came out in fits and starts. the crispy dungeness crab and shrimp rolls were good as a starter. other than that, i felt the rest of the food was smothered in "special sauces" to detract from that fact that it was way overcooked. the pork loin with broken rice and chantrelles would have been good if 1. there were actually any chantrelles to be found other than the dusting they claimed was in the rice, 2. if the dish hadn't been soaked in grease (i mean puddles of it), and 3. if there hadn't been an inch and a half of fat on top of the pork. the crispy drunken chicken was delicious, but really just a more expensive version of general tso's dish. they served it with "yu choy" but this could hardly be considered a vegetable in its own right. it was more to absorb the grease from the chicken. i thought the daily special of wild boar curry to be the best entree served, but my companion said it was gristly. the wokked peavines with fried shalots and garlic were palatable but greasy; the spicy green beans were supposed to come with kabocha squash, but the squash part was dried out to the point of having no flavor. we ordered a dessert of vietnamese banana cake with coconut sauce, which was delicious despite being microwaved to the point where the cake burned the roof of my mouth. overall, i think this restaurant has become compacent with its positive reviews and needs to work on service and food quality again.

Pros: wine list

Cons: food and service

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This is my absolute favorite restaurant. Friendly, helpful servers, knowledgable about food and wine, incredible food. You can't go wrong here. Just wish they were still open for lunch!

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★★★★☆

This is my absolute favorite restaurant. Friendly, helpful servers, knowledgable about food and wine, incredible food. You can't go wrong here. Just wish they were still open for lunch!

Cons: Not open for lunch during the week :(

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The food here is cooked and geared towards a clientele with little or no expereience in Vietnamese food. The dished are over priced and lack any flavor. The dishes are probably closer to fusion or something like that, because they are not authentic. But as I look at the clientele trying to use chopsticks I realized I am the one out of place here. I will not be back.

1
★★☆☆☆

The food here is cooked and geared towards a clientele with little or no expereience in Vietnamese food. The dished are over priced and lack any flavor. The dishes are probably closer to fusion or something like that, because they are not authentic. But as I look at the clientele trying to use chopsticks I realized I am the one out of place here. I will not be back.

Pros: nice and clean

Cons: Food, parking

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We popped in Monsoon, just for a "quick bite", what a treat! The wine list has an excellent variety of prices and good values. We especially loved the intimacy of the restaurant and those morsels of appetizers.

2
★★★★☆

We popped in Monsoon, just for a "quick bite", what a treat! The wine list has an excellent variety of prices and good values. We especially loved the intimacy of the restaurant and those morsels of appetizers.

Pros: Friendly, Good off street parki

Cons: Too relaxed service

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This over-priced, trendy Pan-Asian restaurant will leave you hungry, broke and void of actually experiencing Vietnamese cuisine. It's not worth the wait or money. There is nothing authentic about this so-called "Vietnamese" menu, and the service is very "deer-in-headlights." The servers seem unaware of what they are serving, and have a sort of a "whatever" attitude.

Do yourself a favor and experience "real" Vietnamese cuisine in the "Little Saigon" neighborhood, or in the Rainier Valley. There is a rich and vibrant Vietnamese community here in Seattle, and great Vietnamese food is easy to find. You won't find it at Monsoon, however.

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★☆☆☆☆

This over-priced, trendy Pan-Asian restaurant will leave you hungry, broke and void of actually experiencing Vietnamese cuisine. It's not worth the wait or money. There is nothing authentic about this so-called "Vietnamese" menu, and the service is very "deer-in-headlights." The servers seem unaware of what they are serving, and have a sort of a "whatever" attitude.

Do yourself a favor and experience "real" Vietnamese cuisine in the "Little Saigon" neighborhood, or in the Rainier Valley. There is a rich and vibrant Vietnamese community here in Seattle, and great Vietnamese food is easy to find. You won't find it at Monsoon, however.

Pros: Good wine list

Cons: Not Vietnamese, Slow service, Over-priced

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very small portions, unsatisfying. hard to find the restaurant, odd location!

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★★★☆☆

very small portions, unsatisfying. hard to find the restaurant, odd location!

Cons: parking, pricey, noisy

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once in a while, you happen upon a restaurant that just defies your expectations. this is one of those places. stand outs: drunken chicken, crab spring rolls, banana cake, 5 spice ice cream.

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★★★★★

once in a while, you happen upon a restaurant that just defies your expectations. this is one of those places. stand outs: drunken chicken, crab spring rolls, banana cake, 5 spice ice cream.

Pros: amazing food, nice atmosphere, service

Cons: parking, crowded

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Went to Monsoon for dinner recently. The drunken chicken and monkfish were great, spicy and sweet. The server suggested a couple wines which were also very good. Modern, spare interior. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

Went to Monsoon for dinner recently. The drunken chicken and monkfish were great, spicy and sweet. The server suggested a couple wines which were also very good. Modern, spare interior. Highly recommended.

Pros: Food, Wine, Ambiance

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We hardly ever saw our server. The food took almost an hour to arrive. The place wasn't even full. The food itself was just okay. You can get vietnemese a lot better than this just about anywhere in the ID.

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★★☆☆☆

We hardly ever saw our server. The food took almost an hour to arrive. The place wasn't even full. The food itself was just okay. You can get vietnemese a lot better than this just about anywhere in the ID.

Cons: service, food, originality

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It's always a treat to visit Monsoon. I don't make it there often enough because it's not convenient to my house or office but the food is excellent every time. Great flavors. Service is always friendly.

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★★★★★

It's always a treat to visit Monsoon. I don't make it there often enough because it's not convenient to my house or office but the food is excellent every time. Great flavors. Service is always friendly.

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This little gourmet Vietnamese place on Capitol Hill is hard not to like. The creative dishes stay true to authentic Vietnamese flavorings and techniques but take bold steps beyond anything you might find at any given local Vietnamese restaurant. Ingredients are top notch so you will pay accordingly, but you will most likely agree the experience is worth it once you taste the food.

The Muscovy duck breast was heavenly on a recent visit as was the giant white prawn and payaya salad. But most memorable was perhaps the single best dessert I can recall enjoying in a long time, if not forever, the banana cake. Words cannot do this dessert justice. One must try it to truly understand what I mean. Go now!

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★★★★☆

This little gourmet Vietnamese place on Capitol Hill is hard not to like. The creative dishes stay true to authentic Vietnamese flavorings and techniques but take bold steps beyond anything you might find at any given local Vietnamese restaurant. Ingredients are top notch so you will pay accordingly, but you will most likely agree the experience is worth it once you taste the food.

The Muscovy duck breast was heavenly on a recent visit as was the giant white prawn and payaya salad. But most memorable was perhaps the single best dessert I can recall enjoying in a long time, if not forever, the banana cake. Words cannot do this dessert justice. One must try it to truly understand what I mean. Go now!

Pros: Banana Cake, Duck, Nice Wine List

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I had a WONDERFUL first experinec at Monsoon. I ordered a roasted beet and arugula salad, wok softened noodles with abalone mushrooms and green onion, pickled mustard greens with spicy tofu, a BEAUTIFUL plate of shrimp meat on sugar cane with basil, rice paper, bean-sprouts and sauce, and a nice glass of wine to boot - all for under $50! The service was wonderful. Chef-owner Eric Banh and his sister Sophie really try their best to serve up the best elegant Vietnamese food they know how! One of my new favorite restaurants.

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★★★★★

I had a WONDERFUL first experinec at Monsoon. I ordered a roasted beet and arugula salad, wok softened noodles with abalone mushrooms and green onion, pickled mustard greens with spicy tofu, a BEAUTIFUL plate of shrimp meat on sugar cane with basil, rice paper, bean-sprouts and sauce, and a nice glass of wine to boot - all for under $50! The service was wonderful. Chef-owner Eric Banh and his sister Sophie really try their best to serve up the best elegant Vietnamese food they know how! One of my new favorite restaurants.

Pros: FOOD QUALITY, VEGETARIAN OPTIONS, CHARMING OWNER

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This place is proof that most people in Seattle have no idea what Vietnamese cuisine is. As a Vietnamese person who travels the world for business and personal reasons, I have had the fortunate experience of tasting Vietnamese food from all over the world and especially in Vietnam, where I travel to, on a monthly basis. The food here is average, the seasonings are NOT fresh, but dehydrated, or powdered. The entrees are displayed nicely, but lack quantity. The service varies so much, that I will not comment. I hope that someday, people will realize that if you insist on eating out of your "norm", you should go all the way and try the real thing. Not an "Americanized", dilluted version. Maybe next time, just stay home and have a "cup of noodles". Its about the same thing but you'll save about $40.00.

1
★★☆☆☆

This place is proof that most people in Seattle have no idea what Vietnamese cuisine is. As a Vietnamese person who travels the world for business and personal reasons, I have had the fortunate experience of tasting Vietnamese food from all over the world and especially in Vietnam, where I travel to, on a monthly basis. The food here is average, the seasonings are NOT fresh, but dehydrated, or powdered. The entrees are displayed nicely, but lack quantity. The service varies so much, that I will not comment. I hope that someday, people will realize that if you insist on eating out of your "norm", you should go all the way and try the real thing. Not an "Americanized", dilluted version. Maybe next time, just stay home and have a "cup of noodles". Its about the same thing but you'll save about $40.00.

Pros: Presentation, Clean

Cons: Americanized, Skimpy portions, overpriced

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The food is very, very good, but overpriced. Portions are very small, too. I think this restaurant mostly appeals to those who are afraid to venture into the Int'l District.

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★★★☆☆

The food is very, very good, but overpriced. Portions are very small, too. I think this restaurant mostly appeals to those who are afraid to venture into the Int'l District.

Pros: Seafood well done, Servers very polished, Food very good

Cons: Small portions, no place to wait, overpriced

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Monsoon is on the verge of becoming an institution in Seattle. They have maintained a quality and creativity level that is consistently impressive. Monsoon is one of a handful of places that I like to take out-of-towners to show them what Seattle is all about: the Asian influence, the cozy neighborhood-ness, and the casually fabulous ease with which they win you over. A few pointers for newcomers: 1. if it's just the two of you, get a seat at the bar. 2. Ask for a wine recommendation, and take it; their wine list is full of unbelievable finds that are waiting to be discovered. 3. My food favorites (I hope this doesn't give me away): Crispy Crab and Shrimp Rolls, Drunken Chicken (almost an institution unto itself), Filet in Oxtail reduction, Catsish Clay pot. 4. Get the coconut milk flan, just trust me on this one.

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★★★★★

Monsoon is on the verge of becoming an institution in Seattle. They have maintained a quality and creativity level that is consistently impressive. Monsoon is one of a handful of places that I like to take out-of-towners to show them what Seattle is all about: the Asian influence, the cozy neighborhood-ness, and the casually fabulous ease with which they win you over. A few pointers for newcomers: 1. if it's just the two of you, get a seat at the bar. 2. Ask for a wine recommendation, and take it; their wine list is full of unbelievable finds that are waiting to be discovered. 3. My food favorites (I hope this doesn't give me away): Crispy Crab and Shrimp Rolls, Drunken Chicken (almost an institution unto itself), Filet in Oxtail reduction, Catsish Clay pot. 4. Get the coconut milk flan, just trust me on this one.

Pros: Wine, Food, Decor

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The food is awesome, though neither Vietnamese nor Asian Fusion really describes it. It's more like good nouveau cuisine done by someone who has taken a lot of cues from asian cooking. The overall effect is rather Western, which is to say with muted flavors. That's fine by me, because it means that the food goes very well with wine.

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★★★☆☆

The food is awesome, though neither Vietnamese nor Asian Fusion really describes it. It's more like good nouveau cuisine done by someone who has taken a lot of cues from asian cooking. The overall effect is rather Western, which is to say with muted flavors. That's fine by me, because it means that the food goes very well with wine.

Pros: flavors, presentation, wine list

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the very best catfish I have ever eaten. Excellent sauce..my only critique is that I wish there were more items on the menu prepared that way. For our appetizers we had spring rolls - very good with a superb dipping sauce (perfect amount for 2, 4 top should ask for a second on the sauce) and the prawn - green mango salad. Unfortunately there were only 2 very small 40-60 ct prawns on the salad and the flavor overall was rather flat..not what we expected. The other entree was not something we would order again either..filet mignon..even though it was cooked absolutely perfect...the vinegar overpowered the flavors...it was highly recommended by the waiter..only if it could have been in a claypot...wine list was awesome made up of mostly old world selections.

2
★★★★☆

the very best catfish I have ever eaten. Excellent sauce..my only critique is that I wish there were more items on the menu prepared that way. For our appetizers we had spring rolls - very good with a superb dipping sauce (perfect amount for 2, 4 top should ask for a second on the sauce) and the prawn - green mango salad. Unfortunately there were only 2 very small 40-60 ct prawns on the salad and the flavor overall was rather flat..not what we expected. The other entree was not something we would order again either..filet mignon..even though it was cooked absolutely perfect...the vinegar overpowered the flavors...it was highly recommended by the waiter..only if it could have been in a claypot...wine list was awesome made up of mostly old world selections.

Pros: efficient kitchen, wine list, atmosphere

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One of the more unique menus I've seen in Seattle. The waiter wasn't much help ("Our menu is very strong and focused. It's all recommended"), but he did tell us when we had a good combination of dishes. Be sure to get the catfish, but watch out for chiles. Great ambience, decent service, and terrific food. A budget meal can be had here, but even eating your foods of choice can be affordable. We spent $60 on food for 2.

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★★★★★

One of the more unique menus I've seen in Seattle. The waiter wasn't much help ("Our menu is very strong and focused. It's all recommended"), but he did tell us when we had a good combination of dishes. Be sure to get the catfish, but watch out for chiles. Great ambience, decent service, and terrific food. A budget meal can be had here, but even eating your foods of choice can be affordable. We spent $60 on food for 2.

Pros: Great food, Huge wine list, Unique menu

Cons: , Expensive wine, Understaffed

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I am amazed that this place is rated high for vegatarians. Most of the dishes had fish sauce in them and the waitress was quite rude when we were asking her about the ingredients and if she could make vegetarian entrees

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★★★☆☆

I am amazed that this place is rated high for vegatarians. Most of the dishes had fish sauce in them and the waitress was quite rude when we were asking her about the ingredients and if she could make vegetarian entrees

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This has become my favorite asian restaurant in Seattle and I have yet to have a bad meal here.

The food is a refined version of Vietnamese / South Asian dishes that tend to be delicately spiced and use good ingedients - recommended dishes include tenderloin beef sauteed in cognac , their tamarind flavoured seafood soup, any of their greens (bok choy etc.), their seafood dishes.

Their only disadvantage is the wait on busy nights. Reservations are recommended although they only take a limited number. Walk-ins are usually welcome.

2
★★★★★

This has become my favorite asian restaurant in Seattle and I have yet to have a bad meal here.

The food is a refined version of Vietnamese / South Asian dishes that tend to be delicately spiced and use good ingedients - recommended dishes include tenderloin beef sauteed in cognac , their tamarind flavoured seafood soup, any of their greens (bok choy etc.), their seafood dishes.

Their only disadvantage is the wait on busy nights. Reservations are recommended although they only take a limited number. Walk-ins are usually welcome.

Pros: Good value, High quality

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good restaurants in Seattle. Menu is different and full of choices. The food quality if fairly high. The ambience is different from the usual dark-wannabe places. Overall...one of the best values in town.

2
★★★★★

good restaurants in Seattle. Menu is different and full of choices. The food quality if fairly high. The ambience is different from the usual dark-wannabe places. Overall...one of the best values in town.

Pros: good menu, good service, value

 

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