Lieu's Restaurant is a gem of an establishment near Pacific Lutheran University. Their ornately, and somewhat unusually, decorated exterior and interior is but a hint at the wonderful flavors in their abundant menu.
I highly recommend their mongolian beef; I have never had mongolian beef this good anywhere. Over the years, the portions have gotten smaller for this particular dish, but that aside, the taste is consistent and full of wonderful flavor.
Other standouts include:
1. Wonton soup, which includes a light broth, obligatory wonton, and an abundance of vegetables and shrimp. (Other restaruants' wonton soup typically include broth and one wonton -- nothing else.)
2. Potstickers, which are fully cooked (not some soggy lump) with a spicy dipping sauce on the side.
3. Vegetable (or other) chow mein, which is very "clean" tasting and is far less oily/greasy than other establishments.
4. Sweet and sour pork (or chicken or prawns), which are yummy, sweet -- but not overly so -- and accompanied by pineapple and vegetables.
The service is nice, casual, and quick -- but if we weren't 20+ year regulars I can see how the staff could come off as "cold." The owner's granddaughter smiles cheerfully, but rarely do the others so much as crack a smile.
The restaurant has a nice history, so I encourage diners to read the articles posted near the register.
There's ample parking around back and they recently added more (or brighter) lighting for safety and security.