Friday, March 14, 2008

Landmark: Uwajimaya Village, Seattle

Uwajimaya Village is a large, modern Asian grocery store plus a food court, and mini-mall in the heart of Seattle's China Town International District. (It's really more the shoulder than the heart.) Uwajimaya is a small regional chain with two other stores, one in Bellevue and one in Beaverton, Oregon, but Seattle is the flagship. It is billed as a "Village" because not only does it supply all of the staples of life, but it is all built under two to five stories of condominiums/apartments.

The selection at Uwajimaya leans to the Japanese side of the continent with every imaginable type of Hello Kitty branded food. In addition to the Hello Kitty pizza rolls, they have an amazing selection of seafood, vegetables, and other local & imported Asian foods. Their live fish, crab, and oyster displays are the largest I have ever seen.

As we ate our way through the 10 restaurants in the food court, we took time each visit to wander the aisles of the grocery store looking for interesting snacks. My favorite sections are the seafood, the hot sauces, and the snack foods. Oh, and also the vegetables and the candy. There's some neat stuff in the frozen foods section too. If you're in the area, be sure to leave some time to stop by and wander the aisles. It's a nice way to take a little Asian journey with out getting to far from home.

Uwajimaya Food Court

Uwajimaya Food Court As you may know our mission at MSG150 is to eat lunch at all of the restaurants in Seattle's International District. Last week we ate at the last of the ten lunch spots in Uwajimaya's Food Court and just for you, we have summarized them all below:

Samurai Noodle

Samurai Noodle

Cuisine: Japanese
Average Chopstick Rating: 3.6
MSG150 Lunch #16: Samurai Noodle

Shilla Korean BBQ

Shilla Korean BBQ

Cuisine: Korean: BBQ
Average Chopstick Rating: 3.6
MSG150 Lunch #34: Shilla Korean BBQ

Aloha Plates

Aloha Plates

Cuisine: Hawaiian: BBQ
Average Chopstick Rating: 3.3
MSG150 Lunch #35: Aloha Plates

Uwajimaya - Cooked To Order

Uwajimaya - Cooked To Order

Cuisine: Chinese: BBQ, Japanese: Noodles
Average Chopstick Rating: 3
MSG150 Lunch #32: Uwajimaya - Cooked To Order

Uwajimaya - Steam Table

Uwajimaya - Steam Table

Cuisine: Chinese
Average Chopstick Rating: 2.8
MSG150 Lunch #33: Uwajimaya - Steam Table

Saigon Bistro

Saigon Bistro

Cuisine: Vietnamese
Average Chopstick Rating: 2.7
MSG150 Lunch #36: Saigon Bistro

Thai Place

Thai Place

Cuisine: Thai
Average Chopstick Rating: 2.6
MSG150 Lunch #38: Thai Place

Noodle Zen

Noodle Zen

Cuisine: Japanese, Thai, Noodles
Average Chopstick Rating: 2.4
MSG150 Lunch #37: Noodle Zen

Uwajimaya - Chef Kenzo

Uwajimaya - Chef Kenzo

Cuisine: Japanese
Average Chopstick Rating: 2.1
MSG150 Lunch #31: Uwajimaya - Chef Kenzo

Herfy's Burgers, #9

Herfy's Burgers, #9

Cuisine: American: Burgers
Average Chopstick Rating: 2
MSG150 Lunch #17: Herfy's Burgers, #9

Uwajimaya Photos

Uwajimaya Village front entrance
Uwajimaya Village front entrance

Uwajimaya Village NW entrance
Uwajimaya Village NW entrance

Uwajimaya Food Court (UFC)
Uwajimaya Food Court (UFC)

Uwajimaya Listings
Uwajimaya Listings

UFC
UFC

Honeymoon Tea
Honeymoon Tea

Yummy House Bakery
Yummy House Bakery

Veggies
Veggies

Veggies
Veggies

Greens
Greens

Teapots
Teapots

Seafood Counter
Seafood Counter

Crabs & Oysters
Crabs & Oysters

Tilapia
Tilapia

Sake
Sake

Hot Sauces
Hot Sauces

Kimchi, etc.
Kimchi, etc.

Samurai Noodle
Samurai Noodle

Shilla Korean BBQ
Shilla Korean BBQ

Aloha Plates
Aloha Plates

Uwajimaya - Cooked To Order
Uwajimaya - Cooked To Order

Uwajimaya - Steam Table
Uwajimaya - Steam Table

Saigon Bistro
Saigon Bistro

Thai Place
Thai Place

Noodle Zen
Noodle Zen

Uwajimaya - Chef Kenzo
Uwajimaya - Chef Kenzo

Herfy's Burgers, #9
Herfy's Burgers, #9

3/25/08 - fixed typos

1 comment:

armoredavian said...

Yeah! I've been here. Some cosplayers would come and would socialize in the market. This is another favorite asian market to shop in Washington, in my opinion. They also sell alot of gifts and so on.