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First Look: TanakaSan Tackles Contemporary American Asian Food in Seattle

TanakaSan. The name pays tribute to owner Tom Douglas’ faithful sidekick through innumerable restaurant openings and culinary projects: executive chef Eric Tanaka. The menu pays tribute to Tanaka’s background as a Japanese-American who grew up in Los Angeles eating a diversity of food. Tanaka says…
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Reality Check: Ramen Burger at Lotteria in Japan

We’ve given you a preview of Lotteria’s Ramen Burger, and even shown you how a guy ate one with ten extra portions of ramen. Now it’s time for a review. Lotteria is a fast-food chain in Japan (with other outlets in East Asia) serving up…
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Ramen by the Numbers on 45th in Wallingford

Fresh from my eleventh trip to Japan, I’m remaining vigilant in my ramen watch for Seattle. There have been numerous changes since my comprehensive critique of our ramen scene in 2011, many of those changes happening on the north side of the city. Taichi Kitamura…
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Okashii Okashi: Yan Yan Tries to Be Yum Yum with a Message of Sorts

Welcome to Okashii Okashi. This column will periodically look at Japanese snacks (okashi), typically sweet, that are strange and amusing (okashii). For the inaugural Okashii Okashi column, I turn to Meiji, the Japanese confection company which says “We make the world a little sweeter.” Walking…
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Miyabi 45th: Where Soma Makes Soba and So Much More

It’s been fun watching the evolution of Mutsuko Soma since the closing of Chez Shea left the chef shopping for new options. She had a (buckwheat) seed of an idea to start serving handmade soba, and saw success in a variety of pop-ups, including the…
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10 Terrific Tofu Dishes in Seattle

I probably wouldn't have connected the words "tofu" and "terrific" twenty or thirty years ago. Now I have favorites to recommend.
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Sexy Feast: Mashiko Will Make You an Eco-Sex Warrior

At first glance, that platter of sushi that Hajime Sato serves you at Mashiko in West Seattle looks like any other. But take a closer look. And listen to the man as he explains what you’re eating. While you won’t find bluefin tuna or unagi…
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Sexy Feast: Miyabi, Squid Vibrators, and Making the Terrifying Tantalizing

Southcenter’s certainly a far drive for Japanese food if you live in Seattle. But with Miyabi getting good reviews (and intrigued that Miyabi on 45th will soon open in Seattle, centered around Mutsuko Soma’s house-made soba dishes, possibly including–of interest to Sexy Feast–bukkake soba), I…
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Sexy Feast: Shabu Chic and Getting Your Freak On…Wrong

As far as I know, Shabu Chic (behind Viet Wah in the International District) is a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Seattle, the only place doing shabu-shabu meals. Shabu-shabu is a variant of the hot pot dining you can find at a number of area Chinese restaurants,…
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Noodling Around: Soba by Soma Pop-Ups Continue

Several months ago, I reported about former Chez Shea chef Mutsuko Soma and her desire to bring a soba restaurant to Seattle. She did a pop-up at Sushi Kappo Tamura, serving zaru-soba as part of a multi-course lunch to showcase her handmade buckwheat noodles. Soma’s…
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