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Chef-Driven Restaurants Bring International Flavors

Come visit the Dining District at The Bellevue Collection.

Presented by The Bellevue Collection June 27, 2022

Take in views from the 31st floor at Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi.

Image: Harold Julian

The Eastside’s Bellevue Collection is a destination where, on any given day, you can test-drive a Tesla, take a yoga class, see a movie in luxury and shop more than 200 contemporary, upscale retail brands encompassing fashion, jewelry, tech, and home furniture and decor, anchored by one of the most successful Nordstrom stores in the country.  The variety of chef-driven restaurants in The Dining District at The Bellevue Collection is essentially a “collection within The Collection.” It is fast becoming a prime destination for Seattle foodies. 

A showcase of international cuisines

Among more than 50 restaurants and nightlife spots in The Dining District, you’ll find on-site chefs whose collective vision has freshness, quality and innovation as guiding principles. Like the international variety of shops, each showcases a dazzling diversity of taste and presentation, influenced by classic cuisines worldwide.

Lofty views, succulent steaks, fresh sushi

Special occasion dinners don’t get any more impressive than those at Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi, where floor-to-ceiling windows and a clever layout guarantee spectacular views of downtown Bellevue and the Seattle skyline from the 31st floor.  Executive chef Brando Meuh’s vision of “food that brings friends and family together to have a conversation” has resulted in the fusion of a modern steak house and raw bar, with exquisitely prepared food that ranges from aged prime beef and premium seafood to fresh sushi with an American twist. The daily happy hour and weekend brunch are not to be missed.

Chef Chu's signature Peking Duck takes more than 24 hours to prepare.

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Classic cuisine from China’s eight regions

Chef Chu Kwok Shing presides over Baron’s Sino Kitchen & Bar, where diners can feast on traditional Chinese dishes from all eight regions of China. Baron’s has renowned restaurants in upscale hotels throughout China, and this is the only one in America. Hailing from Hong Kong, Chef Chu says, “Bellevue shows the same kind of diversity as Hong Kong, where food is a combination of cuisines from across China and many other countries.” 

Chef Chu personally combined the best of traditional Peking style and Cantonese style recipes for his signature Peking Duck, which takes more than 24 hours to prepare and is cooked in his custom oven. Baron’s boasts three private dining rooms with traditional Chinese round table service for special celebrations and groups.

Enjoy the churrasco experience with tableside service at Fogo de Chão.

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Brazil’s gaucho culture comes to Bellevue

The Dining District’s Fogo de Chão, a Brazilian steakhouse with well-established locations in Brazil, Mexico, the Middle East, and the US, is the place to enjoy the centuries-old Southern Brazilian grilling technique churrasco. Churrasco is the traditional gaucho method of roasting high-quality meats over an open flame. 

Gaucho Chef Genial Moreira describes this as a true cultural dining experience, “respecting our ingredients by cooking them slow and exposing their natural flavors.” Fogo offers menus for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, group dining, and an all-day happy hour at Bar Fogo. Sharable, family-style side dishes invite the full Brazilian dining experience, along with South American wines and Brazilian-inspired cocktails such as the classic caipirinha. 

Taste traditional Japanese ramen at Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya.

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Always a popular choice

13 Coins, a Seattle institution since 1967, is well-known for its open kitchen with engaging line chefs and late-night dining. The menu features a vast array of American and classic Italian dishes served from breakfast to dinner and beyond, staying open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.  Live music most nights and a lively atmosphere make this a favorite.

Using the quintessential Japanese method of roasting bones before boiling, Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya creates a fragrant broth rich in authentic flavor. More than a dozen ramen dishes are topped with vegetables, egg, chicken, or pork. On the menu, you’ll also find chicken karaage, Japanese pork buns, vegetable tempura, and more izakaya bites.

Along with these five exceptional dining spots, The Dining District at The Bellevue Collection is home to an array of chef-driven restaurants, bringing the best of local-to-global cuisines together in one walkable area. It’s a destination where you can savor the richness and extraordinary diversity of authentic and innovative flavors from across the world.

 

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