I really love and appreciate that Seattle and the surrounding areas are one huge melting pot of cultures, filled with fantastic ethnic food to enjoy. Moving here from NY I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to find many of the international cuisines I had gotten used to, but I’m pleased to say I’ve discovered so many wonderful options here and even some that weren’t in NY.
Recently I took a trip across the bridge into Bellevue to try a Taiwanese restaurant that I have heard is the most authentic you can get in the Puget Sound area. Facing East is located in a small strip mall just down the street from The Bellevue Collection. Be warned when visiting during peak dining hours that parking can be a bit scarce. They share a lot with Boiling Point, so it can fill up quick. There is an apartment complex across 10th St called Avalon Towers with a paid parking, I believe the cost was $1.50 per hour.
The interior decor of Facing East is modern inspired with cement floors and brightly colored art and seating. Because we came during lunch time on a Sunday there was a short wait. We were handed a wooden rice spoon with a number and within a short 15mins our number was called.
The last dish to come out was my favorite, Five spiced beef wrap (niu rou jian bing), $6.75. I’ve had this at other places in Seattle and so far nothing compares to this version. The fresh cilantro and scallions were delicious and Facing East‘s hoison sauce had the perfect balance of sweetness. I also enjoyed the thickness, and slight chewiness of the scallion pancake. Overall, this dish was a big winner in my book.
Overall, I really enjoyed my dining experience at Facing East and plan to return. I’m definitely going to get that fried chicken steak on my next trip! If you are in the mood for Taiwanese, I think this place is a great option, plus you can grab Boba Tea at Drive Thru Boba afterwards.
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