Eater Inside dispatches Eater's photographic corps to just-opened restaurants around town for the full interior reveal. Brace.[S. Pratt, 4/15/11]
First there was Cuoco. Then Brave Horse Tavern. Today Tom Douglas will open Ting Momo, the third and final restaurant inhabiting the historic brick Terry Avenue Building on Amazon's new South Lake Union campus. Doors open at 11 a.m. for the lunch-only menu. The images here reveal the pre-opening flurry, as Douglas and others finished hanging pictures while chef Dekyi Thonden and her crew dish up momos, or steamed dumplings, to a few family and friends.
Born in Tibet, Thonden fled the country as a child, eventually settling in the U.S. and working in Douglas kitchens for 15 years before he gave her a space of her own to produce dumplings and other Tibetan plates for the lunchtime crowd. She attended culinary school in India and has cooked for the Dalai Lama and today a large photo of a smiling Thonden is the first thing to greet patrons when they walk in the door of the small 40-seat space on the building's second floor.
Her signature steamed dumplings are filled with yak meat, sourced from Colorado. The menu also includes fried dumplings, a soup with hand-pulled noodles and a daily special. Team Douglas says weeknight family-style Tibetan dinners are also in the works.
· Ting Momo [Website]
· From Tibet to Seattle, the journey of an enduring chef [KOMO]
· All Previous Ting Momo Coverage [~ESEA~]