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- Maneki RestaurantMember ofFoodiesJul 08, 2014
This is the oldest Japanese restaurant in Seattle; located in what used to be Little Tokyo. I love their cod collar and they have other Japanese dishes as well - more than just sushi and sashimi for sure! The service is kind and quick, but be sure to make reservations ahead of time!Recommended for:
- Maneki RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
This is authentic, well prepared and very reasonable Japanese food, from a restuarant that has been in business over 100 years (except when it was ransacked when the owners were sent to internment camps during world war II.)
It has a comfortable, neighborhood feel, and if you don't look closely for it on the street, you may miss its low key signage and appearance. The insides are comfy, with a lot of clipped articles on the entrance walls and in the dining room there are nice wall lights and a lot of Japanese prints and traditional masks and artifacts. It has 3 tatami rooms for a real traditional feel, and a small 6 chair sushi bar in the rear. A small bar is in the front. The place keeps going with 2 senior nissei women who manage the table seating and bar. There is no take out (I asked). The wait staff is mostly young, attentive Japanese.
There are a lot of reasonably priced dishes and combinations. I had the Sakana Dinner ($13.95), which included miso soup, tsukemono (pickled cucumbers) rice, dessert and 3 main dishes. The Saba Shioyaki (grilled , salted mackerel; or you can get teriyaki style) was excellent, perfectly grilled to make the skin crisp, but with a juicy tenderness of the tasty meat inside. Tempura, with one shrimp, 1 squid piece and 3 vegetables, were perfectly fried in the thin crispy batter; and sashimi, which included 4 generously sliced pieces of tuna and 2 tender octopus slices came included with the dinner.
Dessert was slices of honeydew melon. They have a nice selection of Sake and Shouchu to drink, too. This place offers down home food in an authentic style of days gone by without pretense or high prices. (Total bill: $21.01 before tip)
Maneki has a well known reputation amongst locals for great food and super value, so you have to come early so as not to wait. Try between 5 - 6pm.