If you are looking for a new sushi spot, check out Bamboo Sushi in UVillage! Yes, it is a little out of the way but make a day of it – the area has tons of shops and restaurants and plenty of parking, which is hard to find in other parts of Seattle. Bamboo has locations in Seattle, Portland, Denver, and California. They are the world’s first sustainable sushi restaurant, which is actually like a really big deal. Eating at Bamboo means you can have a little more peace of mind knowing that your fish is fresh and they are actively working to protect the environment. I can’t speak for the locations outside of Seattle, but the Seattle location was gorgeous! They also have a wonderful happy hour from 4-6pm daily that features some really great deals. We went for an earlyish dinner and they were still doing happy hour, so we ordered way more than we could realistically eat, but hey gotta try it all! Their happy hour menu had a handful of drinks and small plates, as well as the majority of their traditional rolls. Their regular menu has options like crispy rice, signature rolls, sashimi and nigiri as well as a few bowls.
From the happy hour menu we grabbed a Sake Sangria ($8), Chicken Karaage ($7), Yuzu Avocado Crispy Rice ($8), California Roll ($5), Spicy Salmon Roll ($5), and a Shrimp Tempura Roll ($7). From the regular menu we grabbed two of their signature rolls – Chasing the Dragon ($17) and Full Circle ($18). Truly, there was not a piece of sushi we ate that we did not like – even the crab salad was very clearly made in house and tasted much better than what most sushi restaurants are serving. The Chicken Karaage is a must order – it is crispy fried marinated chicken served with a dill kewpie aoili. The chicken was fried perfectly and the meat was so tender and juicy. I loved that although the chicken was fried and breaded, there was a lightness about it and no greasy mess left behind. I probably could have ordered a few more of this dish and eaten it all by myself. The dill aoili added a nice freshness to contrast the warm, crispy chicken. 10/10 would order over and over again! The favorite roll of the night was probably the Full Circle. It is filled with spicy albacore and fried green onions then topped with seared tuna, watercress and fried onions. The flavor of this was absolutely stunning – while it is on the pricier end of the signature rolls, it is absolutely worth splurging on. Another favorite of mine was the Crispy Rice – they offer 4 choices – spicy tuna, spicy albacore, spicy salmon, and yuzu avocado. I really wanted to try the Spicy Salmon, but the Yuzu Avocado also looked great and was on happy hour for 1/2 the cost so we went with that! I really enjoyed the textures of this one – the crispy rice contrasted perfectly with the smooth, creamy avocado and the yuzu added a touch of sourness to brighten the roll.
Overall, we had a wonderful experience at Bamboo and some damn delicious sushi. I would definitely go back again and again. For their full menu and to learn more about their sustainability, check out their website here.