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To Spring for Lunch (Again)

Spring on UrbanspoonBoyfriend drove over to Bellevue to meet me for lunch, so I sprung for Spring. After my recent experience at the restaurant, I was interested to see if the staff had made any changes since their Grand Opening. We walked in a little before noon and were surprised to find the restaurant nearly empty.

We ordered the green scallion pancake as an appetizer and then sat down to look at the menu. After my previous experience, Boyfriend was prepared for a tome of a menu to be delivered. Much to our surprise, the menus that were brought were single, laminated sheets. Each side of the menu had lunch specials; one side described the Japanese specials and the other side contained the Chinese specials. Even with the paired down menu, there are a lot of choices for the lunch diner, and most of the items are $9 or less.

We eventually decided to split one of the Japanese combination lunches, plus order a couple of sushi rolls. Our combo order came with miso soup, a bowl of rice, Shrimp Tempura, a salad, four pieces of a tuna and cucumber roll, and Chicken Katsu. In addition, we ordered a Negihama roll and a Spicy Tuna roll. Even splitting the lunch combo, we each had plenty of food.

Scallion Pancake

Scallion Pancake

Salad

Salad

Uramaki roll with tuna and cucumber

Uramaki roll with tuna and cucumber

Spicy Tuna Roll and Negi Hama Maki

Spicy Tuna and Negihama Maki

I think that Spring has the best Spicy Tuna Roll I've ever had. Not only does the roll have a nice heat balance, it has Tobiko in the the tuna mixture, providing a fun texture as you chew the roll.

I think that Spring has the best Spicy Tuna Roll I’ve ever had. Not only does the roll have a nice heat balance, it has Tobiko in the tuna mixture, providing a fun texture as you chew the roll.

Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura

Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura

Chicken Katsu

Chicken Katsu

Trophy Cupcakes and Party (Bellevue) on Urbanspoon

After lunch, I treated Boyfriend to a cupcake at Trophy Cupcakes in the Bravern for dessert.  Trophy Cupcakes is a little hard to find; they are located on the second level if you are coming into the complex from the west off of 110TH AVE NE, and on the third level of the complex if you’re coming into the Bravern from north off of NE 8TH ST.

The cupcakes are beautiful and they vary what flavors are available every day. I had previously purchased a Snickerdoodle cupcake for Boyfriend that he had loved but alas, Snickerdoodle cupcakes are only available on Mondays and Fridays. I got a Hummingbird (Banana Pineapple Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting) and Boyfriend got a Neapolitan (Valrhona Chocolate Cupcake with a Swirl of Strawberry and Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting, topped with a Cherry). These little cakes are decadent.

Trophy Cupcakes

Trophy Cupcakes

Hummingbird Cupcake

Hummingbird Cupcake

Neopolitan Cupcake

Neapolitan Cupcake

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