Maneki – Seattle

How does one resist the urge to go to a place that is the oldest Japanese restaurant in Seattle?  You can’t.  But you have to be patient and get a reservation.  Walking in is pretty impossible at Maneki.  In the Japantown area of the International District, we needed to try it because of all the things we have heard about it.

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Opened in 1923, this location is around the corner from the original one.

IMG_6510aThis is the main dining room, there is a bar section, and two private rooms plus a smaller sushi bar in the place.  But it’s not big at all.

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What about the food?  We started with a Clam Miso Soup. Great taste.

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We asked our server what was fresh from the Sushi bar today and she said Madai and Amaebi. So we had to try.  So fresh and sweet.

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Spider Rolls are also our thing, so we went for that also.

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We were surprised when they brought us the heads of the Spot Prawns used in the Amaebi.  Very flavorful!

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One of the star attractions at Maneki is the Miso Black Cod Collar.  So sweet and smooth.  Wow!

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Some Ika Maru Yaki, the Squid was nice and fresh.

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Unagi Hotpot Rice.  It took awhile to cook, but the Unagi was sweet, the rice nice and sticky and flavorful.  Yum!

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And to top it all off, some Tempura Green Tea Ice Cream.  Yum!

IMG_6519It’s been around a long time and I can see why.  If you live in Seattle, you need to go at least once in your lifetime.  If you’re visiting, make the reservation and go!

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