custom paintings! There's Yu Kuan, the Chinese God of War on the right
Sampan Noodle at 110 Central Way had their soft opening last week on a day that I just happened to be walking by. I didn't have enough time to eat, but said a quick hello to the manager, David Wong (photo) and so I still have plenty of news to share. David worked in a restaurant in Lake City for 8 years where he learned the business. Then he spent the last 16 years in IT, but decided he wanted to make a change and feed people healthy food. He and his Chinese business partner wanted to have a place with a meaningful mission, and so he started spending lots of time researching the best ingredients with which to craft his recipes: organic, no food coloring, no msg, no GMO, and locally sourced when possible. David's hope is to take out all of the bad stuff while keeping his food flavorful and all natural. He's super passionate about his business and excited to be here so make sure to introduce yourself.
The layout is the same as Wyraqocha with a fresh coat of paint and happy new faces on the ready. Sampan is still working on launching all of the items on their photo-filled menu which is short and sweet, but quality-focused. It consists of 3 appetizers, 5 soups and 3 desserts. David says this is the only place you can find Asian organic handmade noodles! And ramen should be coming soon. Organic coffees and teas and smoothies (but no booze). I'm looking forward to trying a bowl of pure soupy goodness soon. I think with just Steve though, because as with all organic/whole foods, they cost more. Expect $15-17 a bowl, which is a little much for feeding my three children. Not that they aren't worth it, of course. But perhaps I can point them to the $7 pan seared organic chicken wings. :-)
A Kirkland Blog reader passed along her review of Sampan Noodle to share with you. Thank you Carolyn!
Everyone else, feel free to post a comment about your experience. Also looks like lots of Yelpers have been by. 425-602-7397, Hours are Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm.......
It was lunchtime on a rainy, blustery day last week. Down the street from Ladro coffee, we spotted a small sign reading “soft opening” at Sampan Noodles, 110 Central Way. It was just their second day. They offered only two soup dishes that day: “The Organic Chillin Chicken” and “Chow Chou Style Noodle Soup.” They were delicious and they really did hit the spot.
The Chicken soup was enlivened by a ginger, green and olive oil sauce. Chou chow soup is with pork and fish. One can choose from 2 types of egg noodles for the soups.
A lovely fragrant and tasty lychee chrysanthemum tea allowed the view of a dried flower blooming in the glass teapot.
The host and affable co-owner, David, told us he vows to serve organic, freshly prepared foods, no MSG. Additional dishes will be “rolled out” shortly. The staff is friendly and efficient and the atmosphere sophisticated. Surely a welcome addition to downtown Kirkland.