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The Mein Man: Momiji’s Little Serving of Somen

Dish: Ikura Somen Place: Momiji, Capitol Hill Price: $9.00 In the bowl: Per the menu: “house marinated ikura over salmon sashimi & thin noodles.” There’s also shiso and all-important dashi. Supporting cast/What to do: That’s the serving, so enjoy it for what it is, along…
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Sexy Feast: Moshi Moshi Serves Up Many Many Sex and Relationship Lessons

Recently, I went to Moshi Moshi in Ballard–the type of place where I typically don’t like to eat sushi, for reasons I’ll be explaining in the next issue of Seattle Dining. (Food lovers should sign up for a free subscription.) Basically, it’s about Asian cocktail…
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The Mein Man: Nook “Pops Up” a Superb Soba Dinner

Dish: Hot Soba Place: Nook, University District Price: $10.00 as part of a three-course tasting menu that includes appetizers and dessert In the bowl: Soba noodles in warm dashi with oysters and negi (a long onion that looks like a leek) Supporting cast/What to do:…
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The Mein Man: Root Table Takes Us to Bollywood, with a Twist

Dish: Bollywood Yakisoba Place: Root Table, Ballard Price: $12.00 On the plate: Per the menu: “Stir fried Indian yellow curry with fresh egg noodles, chicken (beef or tofu), carrot, pepper, basil, green bean, mushroom and onion.” I ordered mine with beef, and in addition to…
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Katsu Burger Conquers the Sandwich World

Paseo, Salumi and many Vietnamese delis selling BBQ pork banh mi: All are superb places for a sandwich in Seattle. Now it’s time to add Katsu Burger to that elite list. Hajime Sato, (sustainable) sushi chef at Mashiko, recently opened this bustling eatery in Georgetown,…
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Sexy Feast: Katsu Burger Will Make You Want to Bend Over Its Knee

Last week, Sexy Feast sized up 8 Oz. Burger Bar, one of the newest entries in Seattle’s burger boom. But the boom isn’t just about traditional burgers. Hajime Sato of Mashiko and sustainable sushi fame recently opened an incredibly popular and delicious new restaurant in…
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The Mein Man: Boom Noodle Takes You to Tokyo with Its Ramen

Dish: Tokyo Ramen Place: Boom Noodle, Bellevue (also in Capitol Hill and University Village) Price: $10.95 In the bowl: Chashu (braised pork butt), tamago (egg), menma (bamboo shoots), green onion, and a piece of nori (seaweed) in soy seasoned chicken-pork broth Supporting cast/What to do:…
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The Mein Man: U:Don Will Make U: Smile with Fresh Noodles in the U:District

Dish: Kitsune udon Place: U:Don, University District (“U” is pronounced “You”) Price: $5.75 for a medium bowl In the bowl: From the menu: “Udon noodles served hot with our extra thick fried and marinated tofu (Atsu-age), sliced green onions & grated fresh ginger.” Supporting cast/What…
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Bowled Over by Ramen

You don't have to go to Japan to get a good bowl of ramen. Reporting for Northwest Palate magazine, here are some I sampled in the Pacific Northwest.
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Sexy Feast: Maneki’s Uni Makes Us Get in Touch with Our Sex Organs

One year ago, I was at 107-year-old Maneki restaurant eating soba to debut the start of The Mein Man noodle column. Several months ago, I returned to watch as Andrew Zimmern shot a portion of his television program (due to air sometime next month) there.…
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