As questionable as Japanese-Mexican fusion might sound, Japonessa is kind of nailing it. Make a reservation, order some Bad Boy rolls (like spicy tuna rolls but battered and fried) and tempura brie for the table, and get a few rounds of mango sangria going. It’s a little touristy and nine out of ten times our sushi rolls completely fall apart and little grains of sticky rice and cucumber sticks end up all over the table, but it tastes great, there are exciting vibes aplenty, and it’s the perfect light-bite pregame.
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Maneki in the International District is one of the oldest restaurants in Seattle. Come here to eat sushi and other Japanese plates in a tatami room.
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