So my daughter had been watching a little too much Anthony Bourdain (I know...not really possible) and had a craving for some fresh seafood, so we planned a shopping trip to Seattle followed by dinner. I did a little research and found Japonessa. It's a newer restaurant opened by Executive Chef/Owner Billy Beach of Umi Sake House which I love so I decided this had to be good. Japonessa is billed as a sushi cocina..sushi with a latin twist, again this sounded like a lovely thing! The location is great for exploring Seattle and then having dinner, it's on 1st Ave just across from the market and on the opposite corner from the Seattle Art Museum. That being said, parking isn't really easy but my recommendation is just park at SAM, it's a little more money but worth the convenience. The chic vibe in this restaurant really lets you know that you are having a night out in downtown Seattle. We had reservations (which are recommended) and were seated promptly. One of my pet peeves is when you have reservations and they make you wait a half hour, but if you would have been a half hour late they would have given your table away. I would have to say that if you have a choice do not sit at the tables along the back wall. It's a long bench with tables and chairs that are WAY too close to each other. The couple next to us was on their first date and I could tell you their names, favorite wine, food and dating history. If you needed to get up from the table you had be strategic in order to not point your derriere inches away from your fellow diners. Okay, enough with the boring logistics and on to food.
This gorgeous restaurant has an amazingly huge happy hour that lasts pratically all day from 11:30 - 6:30 in the restaurant and from 6:30 to 8 in the bar. We had bowls of Edamame for only $1! We started out with sushi of course. The Sushi Set Deluxe off of the happy hour menu is tuna, salmon, yellowtail, albacore, eel and shrimp rolls for only $8. There are tons of rolls in the $4 and $5 range and not just ordinary ones either.
As you can see you can sample all kinds of interesting flavors and not go broke in this swanky restaurant. The best thing is that it's sushi prepared right across the street from the fish market and you can tell...fresh, fresh, fresh!
Eating Around the South Sound: Japonessa - Seattle