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Tag: Gari of Sushi Tacoma

March
29th

Meals by the Mile: Exploring Vietnamese dining in Tacoma’s Lincoln neighborhood

In our latest installment of an occasional series exploring South Sound’s restaurant neighborhoods, Sue Kidd delves into the Vietnamese eating district in Tacoma’s Lincoln neighborhood. In recent years, the district has become a magnet for all kinds of restaurants – from soul food to tacos, dim sum and burgers.

Oct.
5th

Raw enthusiast: In search of poke in Tacoma

I call this the poor-man's sushi only because of its very affordable pricetag, or at least in contrast to the $14 it will cost you at other restaurants. This poke is simply prepared with soy and a sprinkle of sesame seeds over a salad of sliced cucumbers and lettuce. It's $3.50 at Sushi Station in Puyallup.

Poke can be simple or complicated, tame in flavor or boldly spiced. The one constant in the poke equation is this: the foundation starts with cubes of raw tuna. Beyond that, a poke recipe is open for interpretation. Or at least it is in the hands of local chefs. Click “more” to read about a few interesting poke dishes I’ve sampled around town recently, and please tell me about your favorite poke. Read more »

Jan.
27th

Gari of Sushi: Inventive Osaka sushi with saucy overtones

Gari of Sushi chef-owner Kazuya “Kazu” Kamada calls his Osaka style sushi more assertive than other styles, which he delivers in the form of bold ingredients and custom sauces with secret ingredients.

In Kamada’s sushi universe, rolls are more fish than rice and sauces add dimension that renders soy sauce unnecessary. However, should a diner want a drizzle of soy, Kamada blends his own custom soy sauce at Gari. His other sauces also are custom blends. He won’t divulge ingredients, but said he has several sauces that serve as base sauces — ranging from mild and creamy to zippy and

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