Maneki – Japanese In Seattle

After finally getting back to Seattle, it was time to have my first meal here. So I headed over to the international district to have some japanese food at Maneki. This place is old. I mean like really really old.

How old you say? Try over 100 years old. Yeah, I said it. This place has been around for more than a friggin century. That’s an accomplishment if I’ve ever heard one. It was Seattle’s first sushi bar. As well as Seattle’s first tatami rooms. As well as Seattle’s first karaoke bar. That’s a lot of firsts! It’s actually run by japanese people. They speak japanese to each other! It’s authentic, and popular, and that’s why I had to sit at the bar, even on a quiet Sunday night.

A couple of delicious sushi rolls… Tasty and adorable, with little sprouts and all. Yes, you don’t even have to ask, it was extremely fresh!

One of my favorite japanese dishes of all, the agadashi tofu. Why do I like this so much? I like tofu. I like dashi. Put them together! The grated daikon was an especially tasty touch.

Tempura udon. I always crave bowls of noodles, and udon is a particularly favorite noodle of mine. This bowl wasn’t particularly exciting, as the broth was kind of bland, but it was just fine. The tempura was great though, especially the sweet potato. Not only is this place old and good, but their prices are great! It’s some of the most afforable sushi and japanese food you’ll find anywhere. It certainly isn’t fancy, but who cares about fancy, just care about the great food!
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