First ever Japanese sandwich place in the greater Seattle area!
Sandwich House TRES took over the former Bellevue Fuji Bakery space; an absolutely simple and no-frills store, there are both sweet and savory sandwiches for sale.
When I stepped into the store, I felt as if I was beamed to Japan!
Some traditional meat offering such as tonkatsu, fried pork cutlet, and fried shrimp, along with western options of BLT and chicken salad.
Vegetarian options include burdock root and potato salad, and very interesting yakisoba; and flavors like red beans and chocolate banana round out the sweet side of the equation.
All sandwiches are made traditionally with crust-trimmed white bread, individually wrapped in their clear plastic wrap.
I had the tonkatsu sandwich and it came with a really generous thick cut pork between the soft white bread, and a small piece of lettuce, light mayo, light ketchup and light tonkatsu sauce — quite filling for $3.50.
The fried white fish cutlet was soft, moist and decent size as well with light tartar sauce, equally delicious.
Burdock root would generally be excluded in my selection due to its flavor, yet occasionally I made myself retaste food that I did not like, just to be sure.
Sandwich House TRES might just have converted me!
The burdock root was strong in sesame oil flavor and very little of its medicinal soapy flavor.
If everyone prepares burdock root this way, I will have it all the time!
Meanwhile the potato salad was a little lack-luster and a little bland.
Simple, easy to make sandwiches, yet high in nostalgic value as I grew up eating lots of white bread sandwiches as well.
I am returning to try the sweet ones!
My friend told me that Kanishka at Redmond was good.
Since we were looking for a lunch place, why not?
Lunch was buffet and I was very happy to find that they had very good variety of dishes, and lots of chicken dishes.
My favorite was the goat curry with bones, gamey and flavorful.
There was a chili chicken which tasted similar to a spicy version of General Tso’s, deep-fried and tossed with a sweet spicy sauce.
There was also a mushroom Muchurian; another deep-fried goody, coated mushrooms with a sweet and sour sauce.
I was used to Muchurian being extremely hot, but this was a complete departure from that expectation.
Tandoori chicken, tasty spicy coconut chicken curry, and my guilty pleasure, chicken tikka masala were all available.
All the meats at the restaurant were Halal.
Vegetarian dishes included a veggie in tikka masala-like sauce, paneer with peppers, a strong cardamom-laced saag, aloo gobi, and a yellow curry with nuts that was super interesting and tasty.
The nut meat was cooked completely soft; when I cut it with my fork, its texture was somewhere between potato and cassava.
I did not enjoy their sambar as much since it was really sweet (wondered if it was due to carrots being used for the soup).
Naan, dosa, and 2 kinds of rice were provided along with cold salad vegetables, chutney and dessert.
For $11, large variety and lots of meats and delicious dishes, it was a bargain.