In Seattle, most people go to the International District for dim sum. Those places are normally small, crowded and a little bit dirty. But O’Asian is a fancy and upscale restaurant not far from the International District. In fact, O’Asian is at the heart of downtown Seattle, on the plaza level of the 5th Avenue corporate building.
Since my first time there some years back, I have always liked going to O’Asian, especially because it serves cart dim sum during lunch. And because the restaurant is spacious, it’s a great place for a group gathering. If the occasion calls for it, you can reserve a private dining room in the back for a large party.
Also, there is free parking in the same building on the weekends. Just present your parking ticket to the hostess and parking fee will be wavered. That’s why a lot of folks from the suburbs eat at O’Asian on weekends.
Now, onto the food…the dim sum selection at O’Asian isn’t exactly abundant, but the taste is fairly good for the most common dishes. This includes Shu Mai, Steamed Tofu Skin with Pork, BBQ Pork Buns, Sticky Rice in Banana Leaf, and Ribs in Black Bean Sauce. The Taro Cake, however, is delicious! It’s a “must” if you ever go. But steer away from the Shanghai Dumplings, because it’s dry and lacking in flavor.
For desert I highly suggest the Fried Sesame Balls with Red Bean Paste. It’s crunchy on the outside and full of sweetness on the inside.
One thing I don’t like about O’Asian is their cart pushers. They work on commission for each dish they sell. Some of them can be pushy when they come to the table to sell you food. So if you learn how to say “no”, then you are good. Also, if you don’t know too much about dim sum, it helps going with someone who does – makes ordering much easier.
Overall, I have always had a positive experience at O’Asian. Its location is great, its food is good and free parking in downtown Seattle? That’s priceless! I definitely recommend O’Asian to anyone looking for dim sum in Seattle.
800 5th Ave # 1
Seattle, WA 98104-3176