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    girltracey
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    I ran by this tiny hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant on California a couple blocks East from the BPP on the right hand side of the street. It’s almost closet sized. I have lived here for 7 years and never noticed it and didn’t catch the name. Is anyone familiar with this place? Always looking for new places to try and sometimes hole-in-the-walls have the best food.

    #661182

    Bonnie
    Participant

    this is probably a stupid question but what does BPP stand for?

    #661183

    Sue
    Participant

    You’re probably talking about Jade West. It’s one guy who cooks all the food from scratch while you wait. There’s one table and a lunch counter. I’ve been there a few times. Here’s some reviews on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/jade-west-cafe-seattle

    #661184

    miws
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    Not a stupid question Bonnie, since our society is so “initialized” these days, it’s easy to get overloaded with them. (Although I have a feeling you might do the forehead slap and D’oh! thingy ;-) )

    Beveridge Place Pub.

    Mike

    #661185

    SarahScoot
    Participant

    I would assume you’re talking about Jade West also, but I’m thrown by the “East on California” statement… California runs north/south. If you meant north on California, and on the right hand side of the street heading that direction, then yep, Sue’s suggestion is right.

    I’ve heard good things but have never been brave enough to try it ;-)

    #661186

    clark5080
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    it is on the east side of California

    #661187

    celeste17
    Participant

    I have eaten there a few times and everything was really good and fresh. He does breakfast there also.

    #661188

    PDieter
    Participant

    China is East of California….so it makes perfect sense.

    ;)

    #661189

    WSB
    Keymaster

    We published a great writeup about Jade West recently, courtesy of Paul Sureddin in Fairmount Springs:

    https://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=14261

    #661190

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I’ve tried it twice, just to make sure. Don’t care for it. Very distinct flavor. But the experience is rather unique and entertaining. One guy, made to order right in front of you. Very friendly. He doesn’t seem to be a big fan of hand washing however. Handles raw meat and vegetables simultaneously. Some can probably tolerate a completely *hands on* experience, just not for me.

    Inspection report:

    http://decadeonline.com/insp.phtml?agency=skc&forceresults=1&record_id=PR0003380

    #661191

    Bonnie
    Participant

    Thanks Mike. Makes sense now! I just couldn’t think of what that stood for!

    #661192

    girltracey
    Member

    Sorry about that Bonnie. Mike is right both about the BPP and the overload of acronyms. :) I wasn’t feeling brave enough to try it either, SarahScoot but I am willing to risk potential discomfort for an entertaining and unique dining experience. Thanks and Cheers.

    #661193

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Thanks for posting the link to the HD report, Mr. Timberlake. I think I might goto EBB and have a nice bowl of mussels and a pint o’ Riot instead….

    #661194

    WesCAddle
    Member

    Jade West! Love that place and love Wah! He rocks. But if you like spicy, be careful, he makes it good n’ hot. It is super cheap also.

    Great food, great atmosphere, and he cooks it to order. Example, if you get the Kung Pow Chicken, he will cut up each vegetable right in front of you, so it is super fresh. Also, he makes Egg Flower Soup from scratch right in front of you.

    Fun place!

    #661195

    Kevin
    Participant

    JT, regarding the restaurant inspection reports online. While the report you referenced is kind of scary (to me), even the nicest restaurants in town will get written up.

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    Also, a friend of mine in the restaurant business tells me that some of the inspectors can be real nit picky.

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    It is a pretty common fact that most folks don’t want to know what goes on behind the scenes in a lot of restaurants :)

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    #661196

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Kevin, I totally agree. It was what I observed in person that formed my decision (he cooks a foot away from you). That was just a reference for anyone interested. The owner is a great guy and it really is an interesting experience. He’s pretty funny and sweet. For each meal he cooked, however, no hand washing, just wiping on his apron. And he touches everything. Fridge, meat, veggies, utensils, menu, counter, repeat. He’s old school and I’m not. Just a personal preference.

    #661197

    grr
    Participant

    Been going to Mr. Wah for 10 years. I agree..sometimes I just try not to watch….and make sure everything is really well cooked :)

    He makes THE best Prime Rib…doesn’t do it very often. His Chicken/Mustard greens soup gets me through the winter. BFST on the weekends is the best..HUGE omletts..and you HAVE to try his ‘french toast…chinese style’.

    he makes his own bbq pork as well..droooool.

    #661198

    Jade West is awesome, the food is great and it’s prepared with pure love by Mr. Wah. I bet half the things that happen in a commercial kitchen would scare the heck outta you, we’ve all seen the 20/20 episodes on food handling. Mr. Wah cooks a mean omelet and he welcomes you with a grin. I would recommend him anytime.

    #661199

    Mayor Quimby
    Member

    I sm excited to hear about this place. What is recommended? spice levels? cash only?

    #661200

    Bonnie
    Participant

    I think my kids might like to go just to watch! They wouldn’t like it super spicy though, but it would be entertaining to just watch the food being made.

    #661201

    grr
    Participant

    definetly CASH ONLY. For the kids..go for bfst and get pancakes and stuff. As far as anything else…just ask Mr. Wah what he’s got.

    as far as spice levels…it’s best NOT to let him make it spicy, and for you to add your own ‘Special Mr. Wah Hot Sauce’ to your food.

    it’s extremely tasty, but has some serious kick to it. A few drops is all I need :)

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