Friday, June 24, 2011
Finally, I went to Maneki - Japanese Restaurant that has been in Seattle for over 100 years. I have heard about it from friends and read reviews online, all of which were positive. But today after reading about it in the latest issue of Travel+Leisure I decided to make a call to try and get in for dinner. Success – 5:30 p.m. at the Sushi Bar.
My friend and I drive up to this place, which from the outside looks just like any other thai restaurant on “the Ave” in U-district. We enter in and get greeted by an older Japanese lady. Waitress takes us in. We pass tables and private rooms called “Tatami Rooms” and finally make it to a small sushi bar that can sit 6 at most.
Maneki is different from other Japanese restaurants I have been to in Seattle. It does not have “sophisticated feeling” of Nishino and it is not what I would call “your typical Japanese restaurant” like Kisaku and I Love Sushi. This place is something else. It has a friendly laid-back atmosphere, attentive friendly staff and the most extensive menu of Japanese Dishes I have ever seen. I want to try everything and we did (almost)!
Here is what we ordered tonight. Takoyaki - some type of dough filled with pieces of octopus, served with special sauce and sprinkled with nori. Age Dashi Tofu – lightly deep-fried tofu with thinly sliced scallions served in broth with daikon radish. Vegetable and Shrimp tempura – similar to other places except the portion was twice what you get at I Love Sushi but costs 50% less. JoJo Roll – fresh water eel roll along with the usual Spider Roll. And then we moved to the nigiri. We enjoyed Chutoro, Yellowtail and Seabass. Fish was fresh and pieces were large. Of course we could not finish all the food but took it home. Yes, I have that Takoyaki waiting for me in a fridge ;) The bill without the tip was $59, which also included beer and tea. I would say it was worth every penny!
Maneki has a Web site and here is its link. You can check out their menu and operating hours on it.
So, what kind of place is it? It is a place with relaxed and friendly atmosphere where you can expand your horizons in the area of Traditional Japanese cuisine that includes variety of dishes other than regular nigiri and sushi rolls and you will not leave with a hole in your wallet.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
My favorite pie is Strawberry-Rhubarb and I love making it this time of a year. I have been making this pie over several years now and found a recipe that works for me and does not take much time. Here it is.
Two 9" Traditional Wholly Wholesome Pie Shells
2 cups of red rhubarb, chopped
2 cups of strawberries, sliced
1 and 1/4 cups of sugar
1 tablespoon of white flour
2 tablespoons of minute tapioca
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 425F. Combine sugar, rhubarb and strawberries in a large mixing bowl. Add flour, tapioca, vanilla, lemon juice and zest to the bowl and mix all ingredients together.
2. I usually let pie shells sit in a room temperature for about 30-45 minutes before baking. Add rhubarb and strawberry mixture into one pie shell and distribute evenly. Don't overload otherwise the filling will bubble over.
Friday, June 17, 2011
One of my childhood memories is eating radishes and green onions in early summer. These were one of the first vegetables that we would have from our garden. They are in season now. I made this salad with radishes and cucumbers couple days ago and want to share its recipe.
1 small head of bibb lettuce (or 1/2 half of big one)
3-4 radishes, sliced thinly into circles
1/2 english cucumber, peeled, halved and sliced
1-2 green onions, chopped
juice of 1/3 lemon
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Salt and Pepper
In a salad bowl combine lettuce, radishes, cucumber, green onions, add lemon juice, olive oil and mix. Salt and pepper to taste.