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Best FIne Dining Japanese in the PNW?

Bento Beast Dec 16, 2009 10:28 PM

Does anyone have any suggestions on the best upscale Japanese restaurants in the northwest? What im looking for is a place that focuses mainly on very traditional Japanese cuisine. Modern is fine too. An izakaya or other place that has a lot of classic recipes and less focus on sushi.... tsumami, soups, deep fried whole fish ect... Award winning would be a plus. Im open to any suggestions.

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    hao8165 Dec 16, 2009 11:25 PM

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      nkeane Dec 17, 2009 12:24 AM

      I am lost as to how you are asking for fine dining and an izakaya in the same request. perhaps you could clarify?

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      1. re: nkeane
        Leonardo Dec 17, 2009 07:26 AM

        I echo that. Your question is the definitive oxymoron.

      2. terrier Dec 17, 2009 09:13 AM

        I recommend the Western Canada board; Vancouver BC has much more to offer than anywhere else in the PNW in both izakaya and "fine dining Japanese" categories.

        In Seattle, Nishino is the fine dining spot for Japanese cuisine, IMO. It is not an izakaya.

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        1. re: terrier
          bourbongal Dec 20, 2009 03:46 PM

          I have not been to Tojo's Restaurant in Vancouver but it is on my list for a visit. I've heard from several reliable friends that it is one of the best on the west coast.

          1. re: bourbongal
            lordkoos Jan 12, 2010 01:28 AM

            The last time I ate at Tojo's was about 10 years ago, and it was incredible. Haven't been since, unfortunately.

        2. Bento Beast Dec 17, 2009 11:58 AM

          sorry let me clarify. Either or is what im asking. Fine dining Japanese Or a traditional izakaya featuring classic preperations

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          1. re: Bento Beast
            equinoise Dec 17, 2009 01:27 PM

            Chiso/Kappo is very highly regarded omakase in SEA, don't know exactly how traditional it may be.

            No izakaya in SEA matches what you can get in BC, such as Guu.

            1. re: Bento Beast
              nkeane Dec 18, 2009 10:33 AM

              PDX has a couple great Izakaya.
              Tanuki, for an Okinawan-Taiwanese style and Yuzu for an experience like you would expect from an izakaya.

              Miho izakaya is new in Portland, but has some great dishes, great sake(they all do really, we are blessed in that manner) and great value.

              Portland doesnt really have much in the way of Fine dining Japanese, that isn't sushi. Can't have everything in a city this size I guess.

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              ronans Dec 27, 2009 12:15 PM

              In Vancouver check out Guu, Hapa and Kingyo which is probably the most upscale.

              As for Izakaya not being compatible with upscale, in general the atmosphere is casual but the food can be very good. Both Hapa and Kingyo have a more upscale atmosphere. For traditional sushi, Yoshi's on Denman has some very good sushi without the prices of Tojos.

              In Seattle, check out Nisihino's, Shiro's, Chiso's - there's a couple of others that many people recommend around the city - sushi is good but Vancouver is a substantial step up from Seattle in terms of Japanese and Chinese food.

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              1. re: ronans
                Tom Armitage Jan 15, 2010 12:36 AM

                Shiro -- good, but very, very expensive.
                Chiso -- good, but expensive.
                Nishino -- ugh! Gaijin fare. Typical of dumbed-down Seattle-style Asian food.

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                PAO Jan 17, 2010 03:38 PM

                Tojo's in Vancouver is probably still the best you can get in the Pacific Northwest. Is it as good as it was 15 years ago? No. But there is nothing in Seattle even close.

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