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SEATTLE: Japanese tapas/good Japanese food?

enylia Jun 25, 2007 12:57 AM

vancouver bc has hapa izakaya and guu... what about seattle? any suggestions on good Japanese tapas in seattle or just good Japanese food (not necessarily sushi..)

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    kirkj Jun 25, 2007 04:56 AM

    Seattle izakaya scene can't compare to Vancouver's, but...
    Maekawa in Seattle is good.
    Kiku Sushi in Redmond is very good - Buta Kaku Ni and Hamachi Kama are outstanding.

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    1. re: kirkj
      FoodDoog Jun 26, 2007 11:12 PM

      I went to Maekawa yesterday and it was good. Funky, good selection of izakaya dishes and best of all pretty cheap drinks. I had a fresh lemon shochu drink that was very good.

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      bergeo Jun 25, 2007 09:00 AM

      Definately second Maekawa Bar. Toyota Sushi also has good Japanese food beyond their sushi.

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        equinoise Jun 25, 2007 09:56 AM

        In the international district, Maneki's non-sushi fare is quite good, and it offers a convivial atmosphere in what is often said to be a century old. Ginza in Bellevue has a huge white board of appetizers/small plates; I haven't tried any of them but many sounded quite good, and they cook up some of the best ramen in the area. Very near there is Kaede Kissa, which reportedly offers bar snacks and soul food. http://www.seattleweekly.com/listings... . I haven't been there yet.

        1. re: equinoise
          eternalX Jul 9, 2007 10:29 PM

          Went to maekawa the other day because of the posts here and enjoyed it, especially the seared mackeral. Having said that, I prefer Maneki, though it can be much harder to get into at night.

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        clearskies0810 Jun 29, 2007 11:34 AM

        Umi Sake House - Izakaya dining & fantastic sushi & an extensive Sake selection.

        Great atmosphere too.


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        1. re: clearskies0810
          barleywino Aug 26, 2007 08:33 PM

          Even more extensive sake selection at Sake Nomi (Pioneer square, on Washington between 1st and Alaska http://www.sakenomi.us ), which is combination sake-tasting bar and sake retail outlet. Not much food to speak of yet, though, other than some bar snacks.

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          clearskies0810 Jul 1, 2007 09:50 PM

          Also, Wann in belltown.


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            lilhuna Aug 26, 2007 09:13 PM

            Since moving to Portland from Seattle a while back, one of the places I am most homesick for is Nishino, in Madison Park. I think they are amazing, though for service I would recommend sitting at the sushi bar.

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            1. re: lilhuna
              zataar Aug 27, 2007 05:47 AM

              We had great sushi and other Japanese fare at Toyoda. The black cod was extremely fresh. The mackerel nigiri was, too. The vegetable tempura was the most oil free version I've had.

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