August Moon: Friendly, fresh and flavorful
December 15, 2008
By Jon Savelle
The August Moon restaurant, in Pine Lake Village on the Sammamish Plateau, is within easy driving distance of Issaquah and well worth a visit. Its traditional Chinese fare is well-prepared and moderately priced, and it is certain to satisfy that craving for cashew chicken.
Or any of dozens of other dishes, for that matter. August Moon’s extensive menu covers it all — pork, poultry, seafood, vegetables, beef, noodles, tofu, rice and soup — with prices hovering around $10 and nothing over $15. The lunch special plate of garlic chicken, with rice, vegetables, soup and tea, is downright cheap at $6.75. Even better, the chicken is tender and flavorful, the vegetables properly crisp and the rice steaming. How could you go wrong?
The restaurant isn’t busy at midday, but on weekend evenings, it is likely to fill up. Even if there is a wait for a table or booth, the experience is pleasant. The restaurant is agreeably decorated in greens and reds, with potted plants and some traditional touches. It is immaculately clean. And the staff is friendly and welcoming.
Seating is a mixture of tables and booths. Groups will need to use clustered tables, but the menu offers something for everyone. Family-style dinners cost $14.50 per person, but for that you get an appetizer, soup, noodles and an entree. With this arrangement, the entree menu is limited to 18 items. But those include such favorites as sweet and sour shrimp, Mongolian beef, garlic prawns and almond fried chicken.
The house specialties are a bit more adventuresome. Crispy prawns with mango sauce ($13) are tempting, as is the fish fillet with ginger and scallions ($14).
Vegetable lovers have lots of choices, too. Each dish is just $9. Eggplant in tangy sauce, sauteed snow peas with water chestnuts, moo shu vegetables with four pancakes — it’s enough to make a person forget beef.
But not dessert. Deep fried ice cream is hard to ignore at $2. For traditionalists, sesame balls and doughnuts cost slightly more.
Pine Lake Village
2904 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish
11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday; 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sunday
Lunch special is $6.75. Dinner entrees are $9.50 – $12.50. House specialties are $12 – $14. Family-style dinners are $14.50 per person, with a two-person minimum.
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