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324 6th Ave. S.
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Tea: Green (brewed) House
Smoking: No Smoking
Best Items: Sushi, Tempura
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Although I had already formed an opinion that my favorite Japanese restaurants were Kisaku Sushi and Bush Garden,
I wanted to try Maneki's to make sure I wasn't missing out on something better.
My inagural visit was on a Friday night--a mistake from the standpoint of having any hope of being served in a reasonable amount of time, but good from another standpoint. This restaurant is a lot of fun--something missing from a lot of restaurants in the International District.
You can either sit at the bar in front or wait in the narrow entrance area--either one allows chatting with other patrons if you wish or just soaking in the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese restaurant. The staff there couldn't be nicer, and seems to care about every customer.
When I was seated the first order of business, of course, was Sushi. This turned out to be the highlight of the evening. I really couldn't tell the difference between this and my favorite place, Kisaku Sushi.
The main course, Teriyaki Salmon, turned out to be a disappointment--serving Atlantic salmon, even Bush Garden is better.
The Tempura, though, was excellent. I definitely think the sushi is the reason to go here, but there are some other pretty good items too, such as the tempura. If nothing else, just go to have a good time.
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