83 Spring St
Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: 11 am to 11 pm
Phone: (206) 340-8880
I should not be surprised that Seattle is becoming much more like Victoria, BC at every new visit I make. Yes, I’ve been spending my holidays here and that’s because this city is easy to reach, and not all that expensive to get there. The food can be pricey at times, but the less I spend on transportation, the more can be explored with various operations here. I feel more Japanese eateries exists in this city per square block than any other. Competition is stiff, and I don’t feel the need to return my go to places when there’s more to discover every visit.
Nijo is a comfortable place to have something old and something new. I had dishes which were not the staples for many a meal. Yes, I can get tired of tuna and salmon fast.
I love dishes that challenge my taste bud and Nijo delivered. The prices are on the high side and this is to be expected when in the downtown area. Their house roll, the aptly named Nijo had wonderful notes of delicately flavoured rice combined with scallops, asparagus and avocado. The black tobiko gave it a gentle crunch and the mayo just tart enough to enhance the flavours of the crab. I pecked at the parts so I could identify which bit I enjoyed them the most.
Their eel roll was different from others I had in the past. There was a distinct crunch from the skin which I liked. My mouth as doing a river dance.
For once, I did not order Uni to finish my meal. Instead, to sample how fresh their fish is meant a few servings of nigiri. The aji and kampaji were tops. Both were neither overpowering in their respective flavours. Usually, mackerel is quite strong. In this case, it was not.
The yellowtail was smooth and it tickled me pink. I was very satisfied with finding this stop, and next time, I’ll have to try their Chili Cha-Cha (tempura soft-shell crab, cucumber and jalapeño topped with avocado tobiko).
Who knows, on my next visit, it’ll be time to do the rumba!
4 Stars out of 5