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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Boom Revisited

posted by on July 22 at 13:05 PM

Many have opined about Boom Noodle’s noodles, and at this juncture, the general sense is that they’re not that good and too damn expensive. People like the small plates better, both for quality and value.


The Tokyo ramen is just all right: good noodles; salty, unrich chicken-pork broth that is not unlike the broth of “Oriental” Top Ramen; braised pork that varies from delicious to dry from bowl to bowl. (It remains true: Samurai kicks Boom’s ass in the department of ramen.) But what if the Tokyo ramen cost $6.95 instead of $10? It does, at happy hour: much more gratifying. Happy hour’s in the absurdly sleek lounge every day 46 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close Friday and Saturday, with specials on small plates (like the creamy, elegant chilled sesame tofu) and drinks, too.

Also, on Friday night during happy hour, there is ping pong.

If every hour were happy hour at Boom Noodle, everyone would be happier to eat and drink there (and they’d still be making money hand over fist due to high volume and, you know, the economy). Boom!

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Having eaten there during SIFF, I have to disagree.

I usually find a lot of food on the Hill overpriced, but I found both excellent quality, service, and food at Boom Noodle.

And, for those who know me, I'm a bit of a skinflint, so that says something.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 22, 2008 1:10 PM

When the hell is Samurai on the Ave going to open? The 'coming soon' sign has been there for almost a year.

Posted by levide | July 22, 2008 1:21 PM

Boom Revisited, by Bethany Jean Clement

Much more gratifying
There is ping pong
Everyone would be happier

Posted by elenchos | July 22, 2008 1:21 PM

I love it, elenchos.

Posted by kid icarus | July 22, 2008 1:33 PM

speak for yourself! boom is awesome and has huge servings for the price so i say it comes out even. slog sure loves to bitch about a place that's popular every night of the week. maybe slog should open up their own restaurant and then you can get off our boom noodle lawn!!!

Posted by emily | July 22, 2008 1:55 PM

glad to see emily agrees with me.

So, serve us noodles, Stranger!

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 22, 2008 2:27 PM

um, you can get actually good ramen for cheaper than 6.95 in chinatown. i've had the 'tokyo ramen' from boom noodle and i'd say 6.95 is gratuitously overpriced.

Posted by outdoorminer | July 22, 2008 3:05 PM

boom is terrible. i ordered salmon tataki-first visit, raw, not so bad. second visit, overcooked to the point of inedibility.
fancy juice served with brown, brackish foam from the juicer not skimmed off the top.
dumplings still partially frozen (also watched the sysco delivery driver unload truckloads of the cheapest brand of frozen dumplings in the middle of lunch service.)
not worth typing about the rest of it.

Posted by d | July 22, 2008 3:07 PM

dude, how poor are you people?

Posted by Jakub | July 22, 2008 3:13 PM

@9, LOL. These are the people about to be bankrupted by a 20 cent bag tax, Jakub.

As for Boom, hit or miss...I know what I like there and it's consistently good. Matt the bartender is really cool.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 22, 2008 3:39 PM

Seattle is so stingy with food prices. I was shocked at how CHEAP Boom Noodle was for a place like that. Like SUPER cheap.

Posted by Jason | July 22, 2008 3:48 PM

I refuse to spend $10 on what is, essentially, peasant food, when there's plenty of cheap, good noodles to be found.

It's like going to a Yuppie Vietnamese restaurant instead of Ballet or anyplace in Little Saigon. You're spending $12 to $20 on an entree that you can get in a hole in a wall for $5.95....and the hole in the wall is probably better.

Posted by michael strangeways | July 22, 2008 4:36 PM

@12, barring Monsoon (which is the godhead), I'm inclined to agree.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 22, 2008 4:54 PM

And Monsoon doesn't claim to be authentic Vietnamese...isn't it Asian/Fusion?

Posted by michael strangeways | July 23, 2008 9:58 AM

@11 Are you insane? Seattle has consistently more expensive food than so many larger cities. Even New York & Chicago have consistently cheaper (and better) places to eat...but then again they have income tax there to so maybe it's a wash.

Posted by thaumaturgistguy | July 23, 2008 4:19 PM

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