August 20, 2001
A no-nonsense interior, fast and friendly service and a great selection of delicious sushi and sashimi: the main draws of this restaurant. Some of the best bits are Hotate (scallop), Anago (sea eel) and Shake (salmon). Look for daily specials made with geoduck (pronounced goo’eeduck). This Pacific Northwest specialty is a giant clam that buries itself deep in the ground (geoduck means "dig deep" in the native tongue).
Seattle harvests more than 3/4 of the world’s annual production, and happens to be the best place in the world to buy cheap and fresh geoduck (plate of geoduck can fetch up to 100 USD in a restaurant in Tokyo or Hong Kong).
There is a small selection of Japanese and imported beers (Kirin Ichiban Shibori on tap is a great choice) and sake (although not on the menu: Mu, which means "nothing" and comes in a beautiful blue bottle is your best bet). You can also ask for something stronger as a limited bar is available.
I Love Sushi is also home to one of Seattle’s most unusual desserts: Tempura Ice Cream. Perfectly shaped sphere of ice cream is dipped in sweet tempura batter and deep-fried for several seconds. What comes to your table is dessert that’s ice cold on the inside, yet steaming hot on the outside.
Restaurant is moderately priced: a dinner for two with appetizer and drinks might cost between $50 and $100 total. I Love Sushi offers great lunch specials: from $7.75 to $10.50 you can get a sushi or sashimi selection with miso soup, that leaves you full and satisfied. Free valet parking is available during rush hours. For more information check out their web-site.
From journal Emerald City Cuisine