86 Pine St #1
Phone: (206) 441-8844
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
During the busy holiday weekends in Seattle, my advise is to make reservations if you want to insure getting a seat to dine at Sushi Kashiba. This port city is known for many things, and despite what anyone says about Pike Place Market, it’s home to many secret delights. I’ve known about this particular dining establishment for a while and keep on getting sidetracked when I discover something new. Even though I had a special fund just to dine here, it can get spent fast on other delights.
When considering Chef Kashiba trained under Jiro, a sushi master, I knew I’d be in for a treat.
As long time readers know, I love fish. Each species has its own unique taste, and to bring out that flavour requires knowing if additives are truly required or not. It can range changing up the rice recipe just a slight or adding that scent of peanut oil. Sometimes, all that’s needed is a spoonful of vodka! I’m not kidding. The sea urchin had a kick. Unless it’s cracked open fresh, the processed taste is far different than from the ocean. I’ve gotten a fair education over the years about certain delights, and I am very particular about this echinoderm. Add just a careful dose of soy to the alcohol, and my tastebuds were walking on cloud nine.
This state’s geoduck is amongst the best and I should have ordered a side-dish. That’s my fault. I at least ordered more than a usual fill of nigiri, a mackerel roll and yes, starfish! This crunchy delight was unique, and different from the cheap stuff one can easily buy in a store in Chinatown. It was garnished with citrus than the traditional the sprinkle of sesame. Chinese restaurants also serve this dish but I’m not fond of the lack of love given to how they do it versus how Kaishiba kicked it up a notch.
The crunchy Gizzard shad was unique, and I do not often see it listed in menus. I really wanted more, but was mindful of this expense. Their cuttlefish is nicer compared to other places but I still feel hung up on the uni. I can never tire of eating this.
Coming here to dine is money well spent. I advice using a US Dollar credit card than foreign to avoid the hefty exchange rates.
The service was tops, environment cosy and depending on where you dine, the view of Pike Place at night is wonderful. It was a perfect way to end my trip to Seattle. I’m often here for the conventions hosted in this city than to explore. When I’m visiting my State-side pals, it’s often a joyful experience to roam around, dine around, and escape the ho-hum life of Victoria, BC.
5 Stars out of 5