Best of the Best: Wataru
Along a relatively quiet strip in Ravenna, the talk amongst foodies is all about chef Edouardo Jordan, whose duo of high-profile restaurants, JuneBaby and Salare, sit on each side of this charming neighborhood sushi spot.
Do yourself a favor and don’t let it fade into the background—Wataru makes our favorite sushi (one of Seattle’s favorite foods, thanks to our access to excellent fresh fish) for a number of reasons. Key among them: You can actually make a reservation (many sushi bars are first come, first served) for the omakase (market price, about $100 per person), in seatings at 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. nightly.
During those meals, chef-owner Kotaro Kumita will hand over piece after piece of deftly sliced fresh fish, hand-pressed into perfect rice, a skill he mastered under mentors such as Seattle’s preeminent sushi hero Shiro Kashiba. We’d wait in line for this sushi, but thankfully, we don’t have to.
Kotaro Kumita, chef-owner of Wataru. Photo by Alex Crook
Ravenna, 2400 NE 65th St.; 206.525.2073; wataruseattle.com
Pike Place Market, 86 Pine St.; 206.441.8844; sushikashiba.com
Sushi Kappo Tamura
Eastlake, 2968 Eastlake Ave. E; 206.547.0937; sushikappotamura.com
Tangletown, 2101 N 55th St.; 206.545.9050; kisaku.com