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I Love Sushi on UrbanspoonToday is Boyfriend’s birthday, so to celebrate, I took him for a sushi lunch, omakase. Omakase translates to “I’ll leave it to you”, and is basically giving the sushi chef a blank canvas on which he can construct his culinary masterpiece.  Although you can order Omakase really anywhere that has a sushi bar, at some establishments, you could get some lack-luster, plain-Jane sushi.  To do an Omakase meal right, you need to go somewhere with a professionally trained chef who is both exacting and creative. There are only a handful of restaurants that I would go to in the Seattle area for an Omakase meal. Luckily, we have one such restaurant on the east side, and they’re open for lunch!  As you can imagine, an Omakase meal may cost substantially more than ordering a la carte, but you’ll never get to try the best that a chef can offer without asking for the Chef’s choice!

I Love Sushi at Lake Bellevue, is the fine-dining counter piece to the I Love Sushi restaurant that I often go to with my dad.   The service is extremely attentive and friendly.  The Owner-Chef, Masa Nakashima, is both traditionally trained, and an artist.  The restaurant is lovely and the food is creative and beautiful to look at and eat. This meal was magical- every bite had us swooning with pleasure.

Masa-san at work

Masa-san at work

The view of Lake Bellevue from inside the restaurant

The view of Lake Bellevue from inside the restaurant

Tai (Sea Bream) with Japanese Pickle and Shiso

Tai (Sea Bream) with Japanese Pickle and Shiso

Copper River Sockeye with Salsa

Copper River Sockeye with Salsa

Mirugai (Geoduck) with ponzu sauce

Mirugai (Geoduck) with ponzu sauce

Zuke maguro (marinated tuna)

Zuke maguro (marinated tuna)

Ama-ebi topped with uni (sweet shrimp topped with sea urchin)

Ama-ebi topped with uni (sweet shrimp topped with sea urchin)

Seared Hotate (scallop) with foie gras

Seared Hotate (scallop) with foie gras

Hamachi (yellowtail) with Cilantro Sauce

Hamachi (yellowtail) with Cilantro Sauce

Ikura (Salmon Roe) in Sake

Ikura (Salmon Roe) in Sake

Blue shrimp with habenero tobiko

Blue shrimp with habenero tobiko

Cherrywood smoked Steelhead with fresh sea salt and lemon juice

Cherrywood smoked Steelhead with fresh sea salt and lemon juice

Baked oyster

Baked oyster

Unagi (Freshwater Eel) with unagi sauce and cream cheese garnish

Unagi (Freshwater Eel) with unagi sauce and cream cheese garnish

Sake (Salmon) with truffle oil, salt, and pepper

Sake (Salmon) with truffle oil, salt, and pepper

Hawaiian Amberjack with shiso

Hawaiian Amberjack with shiso

Albacore with poki sauce and sesame seeds

Albacore with poki sauce and sesame seeds

Seared Kani (King Crab)

Seared Kani (King Crab)

Seared Ika (squid) with Shiso

Seared Ika (squid) with Shiso

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