Deep in the bowels of Seattle’s International District on South Jackson Street, amidst one of many Asian strip malls, I discovered the Tamarind Tree. It’s a Vietnamese restaurant that locals recommend and frequent, as evident with lineups at 1:30pm on a Saturday afternoon. I order the standard from every Vietnamese menu, spring rolls and some version of lemongrass chicken with vermicelli or pho to compare.
I cannot rave enough about the spring rolls here, I would drive miles just for these (as literally was done). Everything else was equally delicious, but I happen to be a fan of Vietnamese spring rolls. At the Tamarind Tree, their rolls are fried to a crisp golden brown with a substantial mix of meat and vegetables that pairs amazingly well with their seasoned fish sauce chalk full of garlic and chilli flakes if you want them. This ranks as one of the best Asian restaurant experiences I have had in Seattle. I would be curious to find out more about their downtown location, Long Provincial Restaurant next time I visit the Emerald City.