A delicious piece of Japan right in Seattle

Nishino Restaurant SeattleAs most of my Twitter followers know I just returned from a fabulous ten day vacation in Tokyo.  I tweeted every luscious bite I put in my mouth while I was there.  I really did.  I think some were a little overwhelmed by my Tokyo food tweets but I just had to share all of the beautiful dishes Tokyo is famous for with all of my followers.  Luckily when I’m home in Seattle I can still get a little taste of Tokyo.  I often get asked where my husband and I go to eat sushi here in Seattle.  My husband is Japanese and I grew up in Tokyo so people are always curious where we go to get the freshest most authentic sushi.  Well, that would be Nishino in Madison Park.  Nishino is one of the only places we go to for Japanese food because they know their fish and sushi and they prepare it exactly the way a Sushi Bar in Tokyo would.  Believe me you can taste the freshness and difference.  So whenever we are missing Tokyo, Nishino is where you’ll find us.

Nishino Restaurant Seattle

One of our favorite dishes to start with when we visit Nishino is the Kaiso Salad, a mix of assorted seaweed with a simple rice vinegar dressing.  Light and so perfect!

Kaiso salad


When it comes to sushi Nishino has the best.  Every Sushi Chef at Nishino will tell you exactly what fresh fish they have that day and where it comes from.  That’s the way it should be, after all it’s all about the fish right?  Nishino does the best California Roll, stuffed with chunks of luscious (real) crab and perfectly ripe avocado, amazing!

Kaiso Salad

One of hubby’s favorites is the Negi Toro Maki.  Fatty toro tuna chopped together with green onion and stuffed in a sushi roll.  A match made in heaven.

Negi Toro sushi

The Amaebi, or sweet shrimp, is another must try, it melts in your mouth it’s so fresh.

Amaebi sweet shrimp

Prefer your fish cooked?  Then the Black Cod with Miso is the dish for you.  Marinated in miso and broiled to perfection.  I love enjoying this dish with a side of Japanese rice.  One of my personal favorites.

Black Cod

Nishino’s tempura is so light and crunchy.  You must try the Walla Walla Sweet Onion tempura available now while the Walla Walla’s are in season.  I always make sure to order these when they’re on the menu.

Walla Walla onion tempura

Of course you must end your fabulous Japanese meal with Mochi Ice Cream.  Nishino usually has five assorted flavors every night.  Two of our favorites are the Adzuki Red Bean and Raspberry White Chocolate.  I love them all!  Look for more mouthwatering morsels on GiltCity.com/seattlevip.

Mochi ice cream

3130 E. Madison
Seattle. Washington 98112
Phone:  206-322-5800



  1. Every time I think about my trip to Seattle two years ago, I always say to myself if only I knew about your blog and tweets when I was visiting. Everything looks amazing! The Negi Toro Maki sounds like something I would order over and over again. It looks great! I love amaebi as well. It has such a sweet taste and buttery texture.

    • Shirley says:

      Thank you Shao! Next time you visit Seattle we’ll have to got to Nishino together. Hope you come back soon 🙂

  2. Oooh, I still haven’t made it out to Nishino, but something tells me I’ll have to remedy that very quickly. These pictures are making me hungry!

    • Shirley says:

      Yes you must! Nishino is our favorite and they do great noodle dishes too, just didn’t have enough space for everything on this post.

  3. That sounds great and that tempura looks lovely – kind of like mine. ^^

    • Shirley says:

      Nishino has great tempura with seasonal vegetables and seafood. I make tempura at home too but if I do go out to eat it Nishino is usually where I’ll go!

  4. What a heavenly place! Everything looks so incredible.. I would go on eating until I rolled out the door. : )

    • Shirley says:

      Thank you for the sweet Comment bff 🙂 can’t wait until you visit Seattle and we can go to Nishino together!

  5. Amazing, Shirley! crossing my fingers because I want to visit Tokyo this fall. I am now craving all the food you posted here, some mochi ice cream would be perfect right now 🙂

  6. It looks like a lovely restaurant. Glad you had fun.

  7. Shirley says:

    Thank you, we had a great time. It’s our favorite sushi place and we go when we have sushi craving. Great desserts too!

  8. I am still fairly new to Seattle and have yet to find a sushi restaurant. This sounds great!

    • Thank you for your comment! It’s one of our favorites and the closest we’ve found to the sushi places we’re used to in Tokyo. The food and atmosphere are exceptional.

  9. Nishino is very good but wondering if you have tried Kisaku near Greenlake? My husband and his family have been going there exclusively for years, and now I am hooked as well 🙂

  10. Hello Megan. No I haven’t been to Kisaku yet but I’ve heard many good things about it from friends. I’m planning to try it soon. Thank you!

  11. I am pretty excited to go and spend a wonderful evening here!
    My husband and I were ruined when we went to have sushi at the Tsukiji market at Sushi Dai. We could never come back to the States and have sushi again like we did in Japan! We were looking for a place to have sushi like this again and I’m glad to have found it here on your blog!

    About how much was your bill between two people when you and your husband go, Shirley?

    • Thank you for the comment! Of course Sushi Dai is amazing plus my other favorites Sushi Saito & Jiro’s in Tokyo. Of course those are harder to get into and take planning months in advance but worth it if you can get in. Nishino is the only place we eat sushi here in Seattle. I think it’s the closest to Tokyo that we could find. Mori & Katsu (the head sushi chef at Nishino) are the two main sushi chefs. I’d recommend sitting at the bar in front of one of them then you can talk to them about their recommendations. For the two of us it runs between $100 – 140 it all depends which cuts you eat. 🙂

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