I recently relocated to Seattle/Vashon Island from the Twin Cities, MN, and my super-fabulous boyfriend surprised me for Mother's Day by taking me to Mashiko's. He had mentioned that it's his favorite restaurant in all of Seattle ~ a little gem that is the city's first fully sustainable sushi bar.
A small, intimate atmosphere and friendly wait staff made us feel welcome coming in from the chilly drizzle outside. Seated at a little table for two, our waiter got our orders in right away, which was great considering the busy holiday and that the place was packed. While we waited, we listened to the hum of happy conversation from the other diners around us, laughed at the banter between the sushi chefs and the people ringside at the sushi bar, and checked out the interesting array of Japanese artwork that graces the walls.
Our first course arrived and the real fun began ~ the Sunomono Salad was light and refreshing and paired nicely with the absolutely to-die-for Black Cod Kama Kasuzuke. What came next was nothing short of a sushi revelation for a gal who's had some pretty damn good sushi in Northern Cali's Bay Area. We ordered a wonderful assortment of rolls: California, Spider, Snowflake, and Red Violin. I'd never had the Snowflake (namagi, avocado, and tempura bay shrimp, coconut-fried and served warm) or the Red Violin (tuna, avocado, cilantro, and spicy garlic sauce) and was rendered speechless (unless helpless whimpers of satisfaction count as speech). The complexity and crunchiness of the Snowflake was love at first mouthful, and the exquisite simplicity of the Red Violin's tuna and cilantro was a virtual culinary moment.
Just when I thought I couldn't love my boyfriend more, he went and took me to Mashiko's ~ thanks, baby!
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