Bamboo Garden specializes in Sichuan cuisine—namely braised meats, hot pots, and stir-fry dishes loaded with panic-inducing levels of spice. (The cooks say they go through

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Best Chinese Restaurant

Bamboo Garden

Bamboo Garden specializes in Sichuan cuisine—namely braised meats, hot pots, and stir-fry dishes loaded with panic-inducing levels of spice. (The cooks say they go through a pound of peppercorns a day.) But the Bellevue restaurant is also mindful of its more sensitive (read: American) customers' palates. Its menu is divided into two sections: "30 Most Popular Dishes" includes safe bets like Mongolian beef and hand-shaven noodles, while "The Wild Side" offers more exotic items: jellyfish, pig intestines, pickled chili-pepper frog. You won't be judged by what you order, but if you dare try something exotic, the servers will definitely remember you on your next visit. —Erika Hobart 202 106th Pl. N.E., Bellevue, 425-688-7991

 
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