Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Nadine Levy Redzepi of Downtime: Deliciousness at Home | Ask Your Questions Now ›

Restaurants & Bars

Pacific Northwest

Racha in Olympia (Capital Mall)


Restaurants & Bars 6

Racha in Olympia (Capital Mall)

yurisagawa | Nov 19, 2008 02:41 PM

My partner and I ate at Racha in Olympia last night, and it will be the LAST time we eat there, unless they get new kitchen staff. I have long been a fan of Racha in Seattle. And when Racha first opened here in Olympia it was great! We went there often. However, quickly the food quality went down hill. It got worse each time, until each time we went we had to send at least one dish back to be fixed. The last time, the fried rice was tasteless and the onions in another dish were literally large raw inedible chunks. This time, the tofu in both dishes was still cold in the center - we sent them back, and they came back warmer but not by much and it looked like they had just microwaved it or something. The sauces were excellent, but the Rad Nah had barely any vegetables (all noodles) and the sauce of the Swimming Rama was not warm enough to really wilt the spinach. Both dishes were cold before we finished the meal... and we are fast eaters! Also, the rice was not very good - too much water.

There was almost nobody in the restaurant. I can't imagine they are doing at all well financially. I would strongly suggest that if they are going to keep that location that they do a grand re-opening, advertising that they have a new chef!

I hope they do choose to keep the Olympia location and to improve it, as when Racha is on it is smokin! (and there are very few good resturants in Oly) However, until I hear that they have new kitchen staff I will not be returning to the Olympia location. I sent them an email to this effect.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound