Sushi Kashiba – Seattle, WA
I had the pleasure of eating here on my birthday this year…what a treat! This is Chef Shiro Kashiba’s new sushi venture located next to Pike Place Market where the old Campagne used to be.
If you don’t know anything about Chef Shiro, let me give you a quick little breakdown. Before starting his own restaurants in Seattle, Shiro spent many years working alongside his sushi mentor Jiro Ono (of Jiro Dreams of Sushi), who many consider to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He eventually made his way to America, convinced that in the Pacific Northwest he could keep the integrity of the way sushi is made in Tokyo. He was right! Fast forward to today – he has opened four restaurants, Sushi Kashiba being the only one he owns today, and has been nominated for the James Beard Award twice.
My husband and I decided to go with the “omakase” menu – chef’s choice sushi dinner. Overall it was enough food, not too much, not too little. Everything was outstanding!
I feel lucky to have the Pike Place Market so close to my house. Does that mean I go there as often as I should? No. My excuse? I’d probably default to the lack of parking but at the same time there are lots you can pay for so that’s not good enough. The truth is I have no excuses and should go there more often. It’s not just a tourist’s destination. It’s a local market full of farm fresh produce, seafood, affordable fresh flowers…it’s our local farmers that we should be supporting more. Not to mention all the ready-to-eat food. Where do I start?! I’m a sucker for Beecher’s…DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine…The Crumpet Shop…Piroshky-Piroshky…Lowell’s…La Buona Tavola Truffle Cafe and Specialty Foods…the list could go on and on. My advice is to go in the late morning and eat your way through for lunch:) Go with a friend and share so you’re not stuffing your face but so you can try enough different things without feeling like your pants are going to pop.
La Buona Tavola Truffle Cafe and Specialty Foods – go for some great wine tasting and tastes of truffle goods…yum!
Mr. D’s Greek Deli – great gyro’s here!
Beecher’s Cheese – there’s a viewing window to show you how and where the cheese is made not to mention plenty of delicious foods to buy. The “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese is pretty amazing…the name says it all.
Piroshky – Piroshky – Does it get much better than a beef and onion piroshky? Nope:)