Northwest Culinary Influencer Opens Chinoise Café in Issaquah Highlands


Chef Thoa Nguyen opens first restaurant east of Seattle in Issaquah Highlands

By mid-November, Eastside residents and visitors to The Grand Ridge Plaza – Issaquah Highlands will have a noteworthy contemporary dining option for affordable, healthy, authentic Pan Asian food and specialty cocktails, when Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill Issaquah Highlands opens.

Chef Thoa Nguyen, a pioneer in West Coast Pan Asian cuisine, opened her first area restaurant Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill in 1996, going on to open and operate additional restaurants since then. (The Islander, Thoa’ s, multiple Chinoise locations and Wabi-Sabi Sushi Bar & Restaurant.) This new Chinoise location joins the ever popular Chinoise Café –Queen Anne and the four year old Wabi-Sabi Sushi Bar & Restaurant located in the Columbia City Neighborhood south of downtown Seattle.

“At Grand Ridge Plaza we join 17 newly opened retail stores and restaurants (with more to come), that didn’t exist last year at this time. The Issaquah Highlands Urban Village is a pedestrian and bike friendly place that is family friendly and invites interaction. Our Chinoise location here, is next to the Regal Stadium 12 RPX® & IMAX® Theater, explains Chef Thoa, we are very much looking forward to serving the diverse residents of this exploding community.”

About Chinoise Restaurants:

Founded in Seattle by chef, restaurateur Thoa Nguyen, Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grills are contemporary Pan Asian restaurants defined by their fresh, beautiful food from sushi to pho, from wok dishes to summer salad rolls. Approachable, affordable, fun, friendly and authentic, since 1996.

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