Sushi Kappo Tamura…

Seattle is a great source of fresh seafood.  Being from Hawaii, my seafood standards are already high, but Seattle doesn’t disappoint.  When we moved here, we wanted to be sure we could find good sushi joints.  Sure, any place will put fish on rice for you, but will it be worth the money and time getting there?  We had a Groupon for this place and I thought it wise to check it out.  Apparently, the head chef Taichi Kitamura had another sushi operation which was very popular, but closed it down to open this one.  It’s a small place, but the sushi looked very good.

It took quite a bit of time to get serviced, but I’d accept it if the food was good.  While we waited, we sipped our Matcha tea.  Because we had to spend $50 as per Groupon requirements, we ordered a bunch of things.  We tried 4 different nigiri and I believe 4 rolls as well.

The wild salmon was fresh and full of flavor.  The Hamachi was also good.  I’m finding it difficult to find good Hamachi these days and I don’t know why.  The Geoduck, on the left, is something I had to try.  I’ve been waiting for an opportunity since seeing it on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations as well as Andrew Zimmern’s Bizzare Foods.  Yes, by the way, I’m a Travel Channel addict.

Unfortunately, we didn’t know that this place puts wasabi on the rice standard.  I bit into it and was repulsed by the geoduck.  I HATE horseradish, especially wasabi.  It’s tolerable in cocktail sauce, but this is different.  We spent the next 5 minutes scraping wasabi and wasabi-tainted rice off our nigiri and made sure none of it made it into our rolls.  Just saying, it’d be nice to see a statement on the menu about that or have the waitress inform us or ask if we like wasabi.  Ugh!

Anyways, the second bite fixed it mostly.  Wasabi can never be fully removed, but with enough shoyu, it can be overpowered slightly.  The geoduck was like a sweet clam.  That’s the best way to describe it.

The rolls were quite good as well.  A standard for us, we ordered spicy tuna.  We followed that up with the Seattle and Rosanna roll.  Everything was good, but not quite as filling.  Of course, sushi never fills you up (unless you go to Genki on $1 plate day!!).

Kitamura presents his food well and sources fresh seafood, the two most important aspects of a sushi restaurant.  However, warn us next time about the wasabi!

*next up…Honey Wheat Bread…*

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