Open at last in South Lake Union, Kigo Kitchen's fast-casual, wok-fired Asian bowls. Amazonians: start your engines!
The base is a choice of yakisoba noodles, rice (white or brown), or just Asian greens. Add protein (chicken, pork, pepper stake, tofu), a sauce (teriyaki, lemongras, peanut, coconut curry, pineapple tamarind or chili), and top with a few more veggies, and blast that baby for 30 seconds in a serious wok. Bang, you've got lunch for under $9!
It's the first restaurant for chef Heather Nucifora (pictured); until now she's been a dietician and consultant, but she came on board for this project to feed the Amazon crowd that pours out from the towers at lunchtime in search of sustenance with only two real criteria: fast and cheap.
"Kigo aims to add 'tasty' to that equation," says Steve Hooper, the restaurant's co-founder. Hooper's team (grad students from the Dartmouth MBA program) had always intended to open in Seattle, but jumped on the chance to take over a fully built space on the Northeastern University campus in Boston a year ago. "It gave us the chance to test the concept," says Hooper, "but we always wanted to be in South Lake Union."
Kigo is open daily from 11 am to 8 pm. Head to Kigo's Facebook page for some pictures of yesterday's grand opening, where they sold 300 bowls in 90 minutes.
· Kigo Kitchen [Official Site]
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