They say that good things come in threes, except when it comes to Scrooge McDuck's nephews, because everyone knows Dewey effing sucks. For a third thing that doesn't suck like Dewey, there's Sushi Kappo Tamura.
The third spot from the crew behind Chiso and the now-closed Kappo, this casually-high-end, mostly-NW-caught, raw-fishery boasts a window-walled bamboo-heavy dining space decked with paper lanterns, and an open stainless-steel kitchen wrapped by a sushi bar that fits 13, a number which, as Wilt Chamberlain will tell you, gets crazy lucky. Raw-wise they've got rolled grub (the shrimp tempura/cuke/avocado/tobiko), monster combos (the tuna/salmon/yellow tail/tobiko topped nori/tamago/ginger layered sushi rice Bara Chirashi), and the 8-course, must-be-ordered-24hrs-in-advance, Omakase w/ chef's choice market-fresh-delicious like seared geoduck w/ grilled 'shrooms, greens w/ yuzu & steamed live prawns w/ soy butter sauce – also the reason an Italian dude doesn't move in with his girlfriend from his mom's. Northwest-sourced entrees include Sound Scallops w/ beef short ribs in yuzu gosyo scallion sauce; Skagit River Ranch pork rib loin sansyoyaki w/ watercress; and a yu-an yaki-style white king salmon from Sitka Sound, which is pretty much limited to Jewel.
Because fish aren't the only things that like getting wet, KT's got Asian brews (Sapporo on draft/Asahi Big Can), a serious sake list with four types of Junmai, and 'tails like the Shiso Mojito w/ vodka from Crater Lake, where life is less like a hurricane, and more like a collapsed volcano.
Published: July 22, 2010 at 4:00am EDT
2968 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
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