Maneki revisited [SEA]
I've always loved Maneki. I first discovered it with an old boyfriend with whom I shared a strange obsession with maneki neko, the little ceramic cats that populate Maneki. We'd actually joked about how there should be a restaurant devoted to these cats and to delicious sushi... and then found out it existed and was Seattle's oldest Japanese restaurant.
I hadn't been in probably a year. I'm in grad school (ie, trying to save money) and the last meals I had there had just been okay rather than extremely memorable.
However, last Thursday I had an amazing meal there, and it's reminded me how much I love the place. Everything was simple, delicious, and beautifully presented. Their special salad had the best wild salmon sashimi I'd ever had -- none of that fishy aftertaste salmon sashimi often has. Their wild white king nigiri was wonderful, great texture and flavor. I had the salmon skin roll, which I'd never had and which may be my new favorite. My friend had an udon soup. I think we shared something else I can't think of, and I left the meal feeling really content.
(Apparently, so content that I was oblivious to the fact that I left my wallet there, which they kindly kept safe for me and tried to contact me until I figured out where on earth it was!)
According to our waitress, Wednesdays and Thursdays are good days to go because things are fresh and the lines aren't long like they are on the weekend.