Seattle: Lunch at Sushi Kappo Tamura
When I was researching Seattle restaurants, I came across Sushi Kappo Tamura but I hadn’t initially thought about going since it’s in Westlake and I was staying in Downtown. Sure, it’s only about 4 miles but it seems so far when you don’t rent a car. I ended up taking an Uber over there and then wended my way back via bus which was the way to go since the fare was $2 versus my $21 Uber ride (sigh).
We came for the sushi and sashimi but I couldn’t help but order a bowl of udon. I love my noodles. It had interesting bits but I should have ordered more sushi. The noodles themselves weren’t as good as the handmade ones I’ve been ridiculously in love with lately in LA. Still, the broth was so clean and oddly, calming. My favorite part of the bowl was the shrimp tempura and the good-sized clams.
We asked our server to recommend some fresh fish for us. She steered us towards the albacore. It was very interesting to me it was not seared. Usually sushi places will do that since albacore is such a fragile fish and that light sear helps to keep the edges of the fish together. But I suppose when the fish is so fresh, all you need is a light dousing of soy before you swallow the creamy albacore.
We also got sweet shrimp, salmon and chu-toro nigiri. This particular salmon is native to Washington waters and had a very distinctive deep red color. I loved all the sushi but I was partial to the shrimp and chu-toro. The “medium” fatty tuna was perfect.
Sushi Kappo Tamura sent out inari which we thought may have been a mistake since we ordered unagi but that came shortly. I didn’t try the inari but it looks better than any beancurd skin sushi I’ve seen. The beancurd covering looked really good but I was already somewhat full from the udon.
I couldn’t resist the eel though. Unagi is my dessert fish. That light crispy texture with the perfect sauce — not too sweet, was the best way to end our great sushi lunch.
© The Minty 2013