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A superb example of service and cuisine - Review by Aaron K | Maneki Restaurant

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A superb example of service and cuisine 10/17/2006

A week or two ago I helped out TWC at hot import nights. (local car show). I was asked to help out TWC with 6 cars they had trucked up from CA. Originally they were going to be dropped off at my house for me to prep last week. The Hauler decided he needed a 3 day layover in Portland, where he parked his trailer under pitchy Doug fir trees. When they arrived in Seattle they were laden with pounds of dust. I had to wash, wipe down, and do minor clean up at the venue on 6 cars. 3 M3's, 1 b5S4, 1 MkIV GTI, 1 ist Gen IS 300. Now your asking yourself what does this have to do with Maneki? Well as a gesture of thanks they arranged to take me and my family out to dinner. So we made arrangements and met up at maneki for our reservation. In total there were 6 of us. We were seated promptly after all of us arrived. I have to say they were very accommodating for my two young kids. My daughter 3.5, and my son 2.5. As we sat down they brought a bit of tofu in miso for the kids. (very nice) My kids are tofu hounds. In miso it is one of their favorite dishes. I am having a hard time remembering everything we ordered. Yamakakke, monk fish liver, Aji, hamachi kamma, kappa maki, tekka maki, taukan maki, tori karagge, Please forgive me on the spelling. Add in a few more dishes here and there. All in all it was a wonderful meal . The dishes were served promptly without haste at the proper time. It was orderly, quick and polite. It’s hard to stress the difference quality serving can make in a dinner of this sort. How would I rate it against the other Seattle Japanese restaurants I have been to? I would definitely consider it for top slot. Our dinner was fantastic, it was fresh, wonderfully prepared, with all of the accompanying side morsels I crave in a good Japanese meal. Take the time, make a reservation, park on the hill and visit maneki for a few hours with friends and family. more
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