Chino’s | A Taiwanese Cantina
Dub-C heard about Chino’s as a new restaurant in town that is Taiwanese-Mexican fusion food. We had hopes that it might be like our favorite Korean fusion place down in LA, but we’ve learned that we would be constantly disappointed. Looking at the menu, we knew that there were some basic favorites, so we decided to meet up with friends to give it a try.
The restaurant has limited seating with small tables and a casual atmosphere. You order your drinks and food in the front and it’s delivered later to your table. While we waited for our friends to arrive, we first started with a drink while we waited for our friends to arrive.
We started with some appetizers first. The small dishes allowed us to try a lot on their menu. I really liked the popcorn, though that is one of my favorite snacks so it’s kinda unfair. The pickles were interesting as well, since we couldn’t actually figure out what the white vegetable/fruit was. Apple? Potato? Pear? We think it was pear.
Once everyone had arrived, we ordered these Gua Baos. These are a popular Taiwanese item and my favorite are the ones from Facing East. These were perfectly delicious, but I’ve had better.
Pig ears are one of my favorite delicacies so we had to get them. Again, I’ve had better.
So let me tell you the saga of the chicken wings. The menu boasts these are
better than like “that place in Portland” so we were curious to see. We ordered the wings along with the rest of the food. As the food was gradually delivered to our table, we were still wing-less. Then, the waitress informed us that they ran out of wings and that it would take about 20 minutes to make them. Sure, we said. In fact, we asked her to add a second order of wings to our order because why not.
20 minutes passes and still no wings. At this point, we all are debating about the feasibility that they could have ran out of wings by 7pm on a Friday night. What was the chef thinking? If they are bragging about them, shouldn’t they have them ready? Since the kitchen is in partial view, I watched with anticipation and waited for them to finish their wings. It was close to 30 minutes after the waitress informed us of the delay (and close to an hour after we put in our order) before the wings finally arrived.
Verdict? It was obviously a let-down. “That place in Portland” is definitely better. The sauce had nice flavor (sweet, spicy, salty, sour) but in their hurry to getting these out, the sauce was slightly burnt as you can tell from the photo above. Also, three wings for $9 is on the pricey side and not worth it in my opinion. If I’m in the mode of this type of Asian-flavored wings, I would just go to another place in Seattle for them.
We also thought that since most of these dishes are small that the menu should offer a signature entree that can be a meal on its own and that distinguishes them from other places. Otherwise, this restaurant serves good versions of food that you can find at other places, but the bar offerings will set them apart.
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Chino’s | 1024 E Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122