Restaurant | Japanese
Shiki Japanese Restaurant
At Ken Yamamoto's unassuming Lower Queen Anne cafe, talk inevitably turns to the potentially lethal and drop-dead expensive Japanese blowfish: fugu. Farm-raised in Japan, it's a specialty at Shiki, offered raw as sushi or sashimi, or cooked in a hot pot meant for sharing. As the only chef in the state with a fugu master's license and the health department's nod, Yamamoto prepares this seasonal dish in winter — when he can get his hands on it. I showed up recently, willing to put my life in said hands, but the fugu had sold out New Year's Eve, the next shipment due in this week.
I consoled myself with a selection of generously cut sashimi, then moved on to a variety of modestly priced sushi, including sweet local sea urchin and a Japanese import, aji. To my great delight, the chef unwrapped a whole small aji (Spanish mackerel) and, as I looked on, filleted the fish's one remaining side, layering the delicate striated flesh over rice before lightly hacking at the head and fine bones with his knife. As his wife ferried the remains to the kitchen, he acknowledged the glint in my eye, nodding when I asked, "Are you going to fry it?" Later I was treated to the light, crunchy ahi "leftovers": just like the fugu, it was to-die-for.
[From 1/24/03 review of neighborhood sushi bars by Nancy Leson, Seattle Times restaurant critic]
4 W. Roy St.
Seattle, WA 98119
Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; dinner 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 5-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 5-9 p.m. Sundays; closed Monday.
Reservations: Required for large parties
Average price of a dinner entrée:
$10 - $15
$15 - $25
$25 and over
Note: Price reflects average breakfast or lunch
entrée if that is restaurant's primary meal.
Meals available: Lunch, Dinner
Alcohol: Wine, Beer
Payment forms: Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Parking: Free parking, Street parking
Disabled access: No
Features: Solo dining, Good for large groups, Gift certificates, Quiet, Catering, weddings, and large parties.