Hunger for non-Asian food is apparently growing in the International District, where another new restaurant is touting its westernized menu.
China Club Bistro last month celebrated its grand opening with a dragon dance and a daylong party that drew local politicos and tong leaders. Owner Tim Lee, who purchased the building from Ocean City Restaurant, says community members are excited by the contemporary décor and deviations from the traditional Chinese menu.
"I think fusion is going to be the future," says Lee, who owns Imperial Palace in San Francisco. "Even the Chinese from China are trying to get away from Chinese food. Someone told me 'I'm so glad I didn't have to look at a Tsing Tao beer sign here.'"
The weekend brunch at China Club features dim sum carts and a buffet with pancakes, omelets and other American breakfast items.
"It's the only fusion brunch in Seattle," Lee says.
Beyond brunch, the menu at China Club is dominated by egg foo young, fried rice and stir fries; Ocean City is continuing to operate a small eatery serving soups and roasted meats, Lee says.
Lee is hoping to lure new customers with the promise of free parking. The restaurant is a few blocks from CenturyLink Field, so Lee's offering a $35 "game day special" including two appetizers, two entrees and a parking spot.
"We're bringing new energy to the International District," Lee says. "That's our goal."