The minute I heard that a new dim sum and noodle house was coming to Yakima I was giddy with anticipation. I knew my Asian-inspired food obsession would now have another option to enjoy.
The first thing that impresses you when you arrive at E.Z Tiger is the Zen-like tranquility of the restaurant’s entry. The large metal door is rolled open and gives way to a peaceful stone courtyard and a few flowering trees. A few steps ahead, you enter the building. Many of the walls are open on warmer days so the courtyard becomes part of the restaurant’s atmosphere.
Inside, the Asian influenced décor is clean and simple. Some beautiful pieces were created by well-known local artist, Leo Adams. You can tell that every piece chosen for the restaurant was carefully thought out. The dining chairs have a unique look, and while modern and stylish they were also very comfortable. At the other end of the restaurant is countertop seating that will accommodate 16, and across from there are a few booths, so there are a variety of seating options for your group when dining there.
I arrived before my friend and took in the look and feel of this new eatery. Customers were coming in, the staff was busy and accommodating, bartenders were shaking creative cocktails and for a moment I felt like I was in Seattle. This type of restaurant ambiance isn’t something we’ve experienced in Yakima before.
The menu celebrates the flavors of the Pacific Rim including Thai, Vietnamese, and some Japanese dishes. There are several fresh salads, steamed buns and dumplings filled with shrimp, pork and vegetables. Noodle dishes also come with crisp veggies and succulent meats and seafood. All the portions are large enough for one, but the intention is to share.
As I waited on my friend I took a look at the cocktail offerings. Many sounded unique and refreshing and included a Sake Tini, the St. Anjou — made with gin, house-made honey-ginger syrup and organic pear juice, and the E.Z Tiger Mai Tai which they claim is very close to the original Trader Vic’s recipe. Who didn’t love those back in the day?
It came time to order and I chose the Dan Dan Noodles. This dish is very reminiscent of Pad Thai. Yummy house made-noodles, tender chicken, scallions, bok choy and a heavenly peanut sauce topped with cilantro, crunchy peanuts and pepper flakes. The flavor and texture were divine! The noodles were soft and creamy and the veggies and peanuts added a great crunch. We shared some steamed shrimp and pork dumplings that came with a soy dipping sauce. Those little bite-sized morsels were also delicious.
Too full for dessert, my friend and I decided instead to linger awhile over our wine, relax and take in the lovely setting of this new place in the heart of downtown. As the sun began to set, the dining room started to glow and for a moment we could swear we were anywhere but in Yakima, but we were!