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Jan 24, 2007 09:39 PM

Sushi teenager birthday seattle

We will be taking a small fun group of teenagers out for a birthday dinner. They say they want sushi but I think they may like the idea more than the food. In any event, it's a chance to add to their food education. Any suggestions for interesting places that would fit this bill?

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  1. For a birthday party? Maybe Todai, since it is all you can eat and has many other things besides sushi. Plus, her meal will be free and the restaurant is so large that it can accommodate most parties of any size pretty quickly.

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    1. re: soypower

      I disagree vehemently. The sushi at Todai is terrible, and limited in selection.

      Take them to a sushi master like Chef Nakano at Kisaku, and tell him the group needs a sushi introduction. Such a place can provide Japanese food other than sushi for variety and to feed those not into it.

      1. re: not the bad Steve

        i have to agree that the sushi at todai is not the best. but since the OP said he thought the teenagers might like the idea of sushi more than the food, i thought a buffet would be the best choice since you wouldn't be left paying for a ton of uneaten sushi. but you are probably right that it would be better to expose them to the best sushi in seattle instead of something that might turn them off to sushi altogether. must have had a momentary brain lapse there.

    2. I agree with soypower...Todai is probably the best sushi place in Seattle to take the family. I went there the other day and it's HUGE. And if they don't like the sushi, there's always the basic teriyaki chicken and fried rice, etc.

      1. Your teenagers might appreciate a place with some hipness/ irreverence/ humor, and lots of different rolls (which hide/dilute the scary raw fish with things like tempura bits, avocado or spicy mayo), rather than pristine fish; someplace like Mashiko in W Seattle might fit this bill. Also it's cheaper to fill them up with futomaki or caterpillar rolls than with o-toro or live uni.

        1. A fun sushi place is Blue C Sushi because it is kaitan style where the food goes by on a conveyer belt and you grab what you want. There are two locations, one in University Village and one in Fremont. If you have a very large group it may not be ideal though. I think the larger booths can accomodate 7 people.

          There are some non-sushi items for the wary like salad, potstickers, sesame noodles, chicken and shrimp katsu. They also have shrimp and veggie tempura.

          Unlike a buffet you pay based on what you take. Each plate is color coded to reflect the price and they range from $1.50-$4 if I recall. It lets you try lots of different things without a huge commitment.

          1. Kids seem to love Todai but the sushi is like a bad supermarket's, so while that might make everyone happiest, no self-respecting chowhound can recommend it. On the other hand, Kisaku, Mashiko, etc. are way overkill unless you've got serious foodie teens. The conveyor belt places (Blue C as mentioned, or Sushiland in lower Queen Anne, which is somewhat cheaper & lower-quality) are the perfect compromise, as long as you can fit in a booth.