107 Lake St
Kirkland WA 98033
Tranquility by the Water in Kirkland
By: Steve G
Want some Dim Sum? Well if you live in Kirkland and find it too inconvenient to trek to Chinatown or Bellevue, Sentosa offers up some decent Chinese food and Dim Sum coupled with elegant dcor.
Located near the corner of Central Way N.E. and Lake St. S., Sentosa permeates a simple elegance that is not seen at typical Chinese restaurants. As we entered through the front door, our eyes were treated to deep colors and a posh drapery that made it look less like a restaurant and more akin to a banquet hall. The high-backed wicker chairs and dark wood finished tables draped in tablecloths gave Sentosa an elegant touch. Most of the restaurants we've had the pleasure of dining at usually were more akin to a homely atmosphere. As we were impressed with the dcor, we wondered how well the food would fair.
Every day at 11am until 3pm, Sentosa offers Dim Sum as well as lunch item. At 3pm until closing, the dinner menu is served. From the Dim Sum, we ordered about 9-10 dishes. Shrimp ball, Siu Mai, Bean Curd and beef, Fried Beef Dumpling, Beef dumplings, sticky rice and pan seared hum bow and steamed hum bow. The taste of all dishes were decent, albeit some were a little cold when it came to our table. The best of the dishes were the beef dumplings and the steamed and pan seared hum bow. The shrimp balls tasted a little dry on the shrimp and overall, it is not a bad choice for food in general, but with a lot of other options for dim sum it does not differentiate itself from other restaurants aside from the dcor.
While we have heard many stories about the bad service, we did not feel any affect of that whatsoever. Within a few minutes, all three of us were seated promptly and while we were guzzling down our water and tea, we had multiple refills. Now that could be coupled with the fact that we were there at the tail end of the dim sum and lunch crowd, but nevertheless it seemed pretty decent.
Overall we spent about $41 for three people that came out to roughy $11 dollars a person or about $2.70 dish. At about that price it was a little higher than what we would expect from a typical Chinese restaurant.