Tucked away in Post Alley between 1st Ave and Western is a quite sushi lounge named Nijo. With an almost unnoticed presence besides its bright neon lighting, Nijo has been serving Seattllites for quite a few years. With a variety of rolls, saki and wine, Nijo is a wonderful place for happy hour, dinner, and get together.
I first discovered Nijo by walking around downtown, and was drawn to its outside patio neatly decorated with bamboo trees. It looked like a peaceful and romantic place to dine at. In the middle of busy downtown, Seattle, Nijo looked like a quite retreat.
Inside, the place was not big, but it was multi-leveled and sectioned strategically – bar area was in the lower level towards the back, dining areas in the front and the sushi bar was on the upper level.
Behind the sushi bar, 3 young chefs were chopping and cutting feverishly, preparing delicious meals to come.
My party and I took seating near the window, and we were immediately served water and hot tea. Our drinks also came quickly – nothing as good as warm saki in cold weather.
The sashimi we ordered was tender and fresh. It’s obvious that Nijo chefs used top-grade fish-of-the-day. The rolls were also delicious, with the perfect mix of rice, fish and vegetables. A really creative roll to try is the “Chili Cha-Cha”, if you dare. This spicy number created quite a kick to the mouth!
After our delicious meal, we even had desert – green tea mochi that’s creamy and lightly sweetened – a nice ending to a lovely meal.
I really enjoyed my dinner at Nijo, because the atmosphere was comforting, the food was delicious and the service was polite and fast. Since my first visit there, I have been back at least a dozen times.
Nijo’s Happy Hour is also worth a try. With awesome prices – 3-dollar drafts and 5-dollar rolls – anyone can get happy at Nijo! Just remember that it gets pretty crowded during Happy Hour! Downtown Seattle creates quite a hungry crowd of office workers after a full day at work.
If you are ever wandering around downtown, Seattle and craving for sushi, Nijo Sushi Bar and Grill is definitely the place to go!
Nijo Sushi Bar and Grill
83 Spring Street Seattle, WA 98104-1036