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The 14 Best Asian Restaurants Where Bellevue Meets Redmond

The best Eastside options in the Bel-Red area, from biang-biang noodles to pungent hot pot

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Núodle in Bellevue.
| Jay Friedman for Eater

“It’s better in Bellevue” is a long-time refrain about Asian food in the Seattle area, especially when it comes to Chinese cuisines. In particular, there’s a section of the Eastside where Bellevue meets Redmond — part of the neighborhood now called Bel-Red, which is awaiting an East Link light rail station in 2023 — with an abundance of high-quality Asian restaurants. From biang-biang noodles to pungent hot pots, here are the best options within a roughly one-mile radius of 148th Ave. NE and NE 24th St.

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1. District One Saigon

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2720 152nd Ave NE #150
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 202-7150
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A stone’s throw from Microsoft’s Redmond campus, this upscale Vietnamese restaurant is run by the daughter of the owner of beloved Huong Binh. The food here is also finely crafted, with standout dishes including cha ca la vong (turmeric fish with dill and a great shrimp paste-based sauce), banh khot (turmeric mini-pancakes), mieng tom (glass noodle, shrimp, and pork belly claypot), and coconut shrimp ceviche.

2. Malay Satay Hut

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15230 NE 24th St K
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 564-0888
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Despite being a far cry from its heyday in the Chinatown-International District, when “grandma” made roti at the front window, but in its Redmond home Malay Satay still serves up satisfying food that isn’t commonly found around Seattle yet touches nostalgic points. Recommended dishes include the aforementioned roti canai, Malaysian laksa, mango chicken, Malaysian pork chops, and Belachan string beans.

3. Regent Bakery and Cafe

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15159 NE 24th St
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 378-1498
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Regent serves Hong Kong-style savory dishes, but it’s the baked goods that make this Redmond place a real gem. As with many Asian desserts, the cookies, pastries, and cakes tend to be less sweet and relatively light compared to their counterparts from Europe and the U.S. The green tea mousse cake is colorful and dazzling, and thanks to the matcha, diners might even make the argument that it’s healthy.

4. Sichuanese Cuisine

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15005 NE 24th St
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 562-1552
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This Redmond restaurant is a great place to go with a group. For starters, diners should get an order or two of steamed or fried dumplings. For more carbs, there are the chewy bean thread noodles with clinging pieces of pork, which give the dish its “ants on the tree” name. Finally, all-you-can-eat Sichuan-style hot pots are a real indulgence, featuring lamb or a combination of beef and pork.

5. Bai Tong Restaurant

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14804 NE 24th St
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 747-8424
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This local chain may have slipped downhill a bit since its heyday as a hangout for the Thai Airways flight crews that came through Sea-Tac Airport in the ‘90s, but it was atop a high hill; that is to say, the quality remains good, all things considered. The branch in Redmond saves aficionados the travel to Tukwila for noteworthy dishes like gai hor bai toey (pandan-wrapped chicken) and hor mok (salmon and red curry steamed in a banana leaf).

6. Dough Zone Dumpling House

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14625 NE 24th St #4B
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 641-5555
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This local chain is such a darling of the area that it now has four locations on the Eastside and a fifth, with more modern styling, in Seattle. This is the place for small portions of noodles, dumplings, buns, and more, all at reasonable prices with efficient service. The soup dumplings give legendary Din Tai Fung’s a run for their money, and, as an added bonus, Dough Zone serves a fluffy fried version: the wonderful sheng jian bao, typically called Q-bao here.

7. Miah's Kitchen

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2022 148th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 644-6090
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This is the restaurant that first introduced the area to wondrous slap of biang-biang noodles being pulled and cut fresh. The hot oil-seared version’s simplicity shows off the springiness of the wide noodles best. Diners who descend in a group can get the same impressive noodles layered at the bottom of chicken on a big plate, otherwise known as dapanji.

8. Little Garden

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14725 NE 20th St
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 644-9038
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Hunan items are the highlights at this little garden-less restaurant in Bellevue. Diners feeling adventurous should get the stir-fried pork stomach with dried bamboo, with smoky notes shining through. Less daring eaters can try pickled long beans with fried noodles. This place can be especially busy on weekends, even if it doesn’t look it. With only one cook, food comes to just one table at a time; people at other tables will sometimes go out shopping until it’s their turn to eat.

9. Núodle

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14603 NE 20th St Suite #6
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 395-9999
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This Bellevue home of hand-pulled Lanzhou noodles with beef has a great formula: There are eight types of noodles, from angel hair to diamond-shaped to extra wide, served in a single broth, available as is (“original”) or with pickled cabbage. Diners can also add chile oil to spice up the comforting soup, showcasing rounds of daikon and shavings of meat. The beef patty, super-crispy, is a popular starter.

10. I See Food

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14603 NE 20th St #4b
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 644-9999

This Cajun-fusion restaurant recently relocated from the University District to Bellevue. The cute name might cause pause, but diners can expect quality products that include seafood from Taylor Shellfish and plump crawfish flown in twice-weekly from Louisiana. The seafood boil with Sichuan ma la sauce is a must-order. Crawfish fried rice is a fine way to end the meal, and there are some interesting drinks, too, including butterfly pea pineapple soda.

11. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

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14506 NE 20th St #2
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 296-8818
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Beef lovers should make a beeline for this import from Japan, which puts a Japanese spin on the more common Korean barbecue places in the area. Meats are high-quality, and the menu offers all kinds of cuts of cow. The best bargain is one of the happy hour specials, which offer a good sampling of the menu. Dessert fans will of course want to save room for the limited edition Lady M green tea mille crepe.

12. Cafe Ori

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14339 NE 20th St I
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 747-8822
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This homey Hong Kong-style Cantonese restaurant has long been a Bellevue fan favorite for nostalgic, comforting fare like congee, curry beef brisket, chow fun, and cream of corn soup. Anything featuring salt and pepper, such as the pork chops and the pan-fried squid, is worth a try as well.

13. Sizzling Pot King

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14125 NE 20th St
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 698-1052
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Like Little Garden, this chain’s Bellevue and Seattle expansions represent the hottest new entry to the area’s Chinese restaurant scene: spicy Hunan cuisine. This casual restaurant attracts crowds for its smoked meats, magic tofu, mortar and pestle-pounded eggplant with green peppers and century egg, and customizable dry pots. Smoky plum juice offers a nice counter to the sour and salty spiciness of the food.

14. Frying Fish

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2347, 1915 140th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 643-1234
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Sichuan is the regional Chinese cuisine represented best in Seattle, and Bellevue’s Frying Fish is currently the best of the bunch. The place is constantly packed with people eating chile-laden dishes like the chef’s specialty “FeiTang” platters with crab, carp head, frog, and even fish fresh from the on-site tanks. Assorted cold appetizers along with spicy and sour dumplings are a great way to start the meal.

1. District One Saigon

2720 152nd Ave NE #150, Redmond, WA 98052

A stone’s throw from Microsoft’s Redmond campus, this upscale Vietnamese restaurant is run by the daughter of the owner of beloved Huong Binh. The food here is also finely crafted, with standout dishes including cha ca la vong (turmeric fish with dill and a great shrimp paste-based sauce), banh khot (turmeric mini-pancakes), mieng tom (glass noodle, shrimp, and pork belly claypot), and coconut shrimp ceviche.

2720 152nd Ave NE #150
Redmond, WA 98052

2. Malay Satay Hut

15230 NE 24th St K, Redmond, WA 98052

Despite being a far cry from its heyday in the Chinatown-International District, when “grandma” made roti at the front window, but in its Redmond home Malay Satay still serves up satisfying food that isn’t commonly found around Seattle yet touches nostalgic points. Recommended dishes include the aforementioned roti canai, Malaysian laksa, mango chicken, Malaysian pork chops, and Belachan string beans.

15230 NE 24th St K
Redmond, WA 98052

3. Regent Bakery and Cafe

15159 NE 24th St, Redmond, WA 98052

Regent serves Hong Kong-style savory dishes, but it’s the baked goods that make this Redmond place a real gem. As with many Asian desserts, the cookies, pastries, and cakes tend to be less sweet and relatively light compared to their counterparts from Europe and the U.S. The green tea mousse cake is colorful and dazzling, and thanks to the matcha, diners might even make the argument that it’s healthy.

15159 NE 24th St
Redmond, WA 98052

4. Sichuanese Cuisine

15005 NE 24th St, Redmond, WA 98052

This Redmond restaurant is a great place to go with a group. For starters, diners should get an order or two of steamed or fried dumplings. For more carbs, there are the chewy bean thread noodles with clinging pieces of pork, which give the dish its “ants on the tree” name. Finally, all-you-can-eat Sichuan-style hot pots are a real indulgence, featuring lamb or a combination of beef and pork.

15005 NE 24th St
Redmond, WA 98052

5. Bai Tong Restaurant

14804 NE 24th St, Redmond, WA 98052

This local chain may have slipped downhill a bit since its heyday as a hangout for the Thai Airways flight crews that came through Sea-Tac Airport in the ‘90s, but it was atop a high hill; that is to say, the quality remains good, all things considered. The branch in Redmond saves aficionados the travel to Tukwila for noteworthy dishes like gai hor bai toey (pandan-wrapped chicken) and hor mok (salmon and red curry steamed in a banana leaf).

14804 NE 24th St
Redmond, WA 98052

6. Dough Zone Dumpling House

14625 NE 24th St #4B, Bellevue, WA 98007

This local chain is such a darling of the area that it now has four locations on the Eastside and a fifth, with more modern styling, in Seattle. This is the place for small portions of noodles, dumplings, buns, and more, all at reasonable prices with efficient service. The soup dumplings give legendary Din Tai Fung’s a run for their money, and, as an added bonus, Dough Zone serves a fluffy fried version: the wonderful sheng jian bao, typically called Q-bao here.

14625 NE 24th St #4B
Bellevue, WA 98007

7. Miah's Kitchen

2022 148th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052

This is the restaurant that first introduced the area to wondrous slap of biang-biang noodles being pulled and cut fresh. The hot oil-seared version’s simplicity shows off the springiness of the wide noodles best. Diners who descend in a group can get the same impressive noodles layered at the bottom of chicken on a big plate, otherwise known as dapanji.

2022 148th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052

8. Little Garden

14725 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98007

Hunan items are the highlights at this little garden-less restaurant in Bellevue. Diners feeling adventurous should get the stir-fried pork stomach with dried bamboo, with smoky notes shining through. Less daring eaters can try pickled long beans with fried noodles. This place can be especially busy on weekends, even if it doesn’t look it. With only one cook, food comes to just one table at a time; people at other tables will sometimes go out shopping until it’s their turn to eat.

14725 NE 20th St
Bellevue, WA 98007

9. Núodle

14603 NE 20th St Suite #6, Bellevue, WA 98007

This Bellevue home of hand-pulled Lanzhou noodles with beef has a great formula: There are eight types of noodles, from angel hair to diamond-shaped to extra wide, served in a single broth, available as is (“original”) or with pickled cabbage. Diners can also add chile oil to spice up the comforting soup, showcasing rounds of daikon and shavings of meat. The beef patty, super-crispy, is a popular starter.

14603 NE 20th St Suite #6
Bellevue, WA 98007

10. I See Food

14603 NE 20th St #4b, Bellevue, WA 98007

This Cajun-fusion restaurant recently relocated from the University District to Bellevue. The cute name might cause pause, but diners can expect quality products that include seafood from Taylor Shellfish and plump crawfish flown in twice-weekly from Louisiana. The seafood boil with Sichuan ma la sauce is a must-order. Crawfish fried rice is a fine way to end the meal, and there are some interesting drinks, too, including butterfly pea pineapple soda.

14603 NE 20th St #4b
Bellevue, WA 98007

11. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

14506 NE 20th St #2, Bellevue, WA 98007

Beef lovers should make a beeline for this import from Japan, which puts a Japanese spin on the more common Korean barbecue places in the area. Meats are high-quality, and the menu offers all kinds of cuts of cow. The best bargain is one of the happy hour specials, which offer a good sampling of the menu. Dessert fans will of course want to save room for the limited edition Lady M green tea mille crepe.

14506 NE 20th St #2
Bellevue, WA 98007

12. Cafe Ori

14339 NE 20th St I, Bellevue, WA 98007

This homey Hong Kong-style Cantonese restaurant has long been a Bellevue fan favorite for nostalgic, comforting fare like congee, curry beef brisket, chow fun, and cream of corn soup. Anything featuring salt and pepper, such as the pork chops and the pan-fried squid, is worth a try as well.

14339 NE 20th St I
Bellevue, WA 98007

13. Sizzling Pot King

14125 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98007

Like Little Garden, this chain’s Bellevue and Seattle expansions represent the hottest new entry to the area’s Chinese restaurant scene: spicy Hunan cuisine. This casual restaurant attracts crowds for its smoked meats, magic tofu, mortar and pestle-pounded eggplant with green peppers and century egg, and customizable dry pots. Smoky plum juice offers a nice counter to the sour and salty spiciness of the food.

14125 NE 20th St
Bellevue, WA 98007

14. Frying Fish

2347, 1915 140th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005

Sichuan is the regional Chinese cuisine represented best in Seattle, and Bellevue’s Frying Fish is currently the best of the bunch. The place is constantly packed with people eating chile-laden dishes like the chef’s specialty “FeiTang” platters with crab, carp head, frog, and even fish fresh from the on-site tanks. Assorted cold appetizers along with spicy and sour dumplings are a great way to start the meal.

2347, 1915 140th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98005

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