Poke of the Day at Mashiko
The fish is always supreme at Hajime Sato’s relaxed sushi haunt in West Seattle. But before I start into my sashimi and sushi order, I can’t help myself: I have to order a bowl of Poke of the Day at Mashiko ($11; 4725 California Ave. SW; 206.935.4339; sushiwhore.com). I admit it’s a little bit of a throwback—what menu didn’t have poke during the ’90s? But at Mashiko, the Hawaiian raw, diced fish salad is unlike any I’ve had before. Some days local albacore is the star or Hawaiian ono (also called wahoo)—or, well, whatever fish is freshest that day—lightly dressed in sesame oil and garlic, with green onions and soft seaweed. And rest easy: Mashiko has served only sustainable fish since 2009, so you can skip the side of guilt.