Pubb, the oldest sushi restaurant in the nation, has long had a reputation as one of the nation’s best sushi restaurants.
But on a recent Sunday, a group of employees were preparing a menu of sushi rolls that was more of a traditional American-style sushi menu than the uni-style menu at a new sushi bar on the premises.
While the menu is not exactly uni, it does feature a mix of fish and vegetables and a few specialty items.
“This is our third week in a row in which we’ve tried to make the sushi unihan, a Japanese version of our traditional Japanese sushi,” said Nobuyuki Yoshizawa, the manager of the newly opened restaurant in Northwest Washington.
The uni menu was created by Yoshizwa, who had been in the industry for decades and was a longtime customer.
“We’ve always had a good sense of tradition, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to bring back some of that tradition.”
The menu features sushi rolls made from fish and veggies, such as tuna, avocado, and octopus, as well as rice, ramen, and a selection of sushi rice, which is made from the fish.
A selection of traditional sushi rice can also be found.
“It’s a little more casual, but we still try to keep the flavors of the sushi in mind,” Yoshizawas son said.
Yoshizawan also serves as the chef for the new restaurant, and he says the staff has worked very hard to create an uni sushi menu that has the same variety and texture as the traditional sushi.
Yoshizu is one of many sushi chefs working to bring the traditional Japanese taste of sushi back to Washington.
“Sushi is something that is part of Japanese culture, but has always been a bit different,” said Yoshizwo, who also runs a restaurant in Seattle called Sushi Nogi.
“The uni is just a way to bring a little bit of that Japanese flavor back to our restaurant.”
This is the second restaurant Yoshizwan has opened in Washington in less than a year.
In December, he opened a sushi bar in Northeast Washington, the same area where he opened his original sushi restaurant.
The sushi bar has also attracted the attention of restaurants such as Domino, which opened its first sushi bar there in December.
“If you look at the number of sushi restaurants in the state, there’s a lot of them, but this is the first place that’s been doing this for a long time,” said David W. Anderson, executive director of the Washington Sushi Association, which represents some of the state’s sushi chefs.
“I’m really proud of it.”
The sushi-themed restaurant in Northeast is also making a name for itself.
The restaurant is offering a variety of sushi and other items, and the staff is making a concerted effort to stay in touch with the local community.
Yoshimi, who is originally from Japan, said he is hoping that the restaurant’s success in bringing back the sushi tradition in Washington will help other sushi restaurants follow his lead.
“Maybe someday other places will open up, too,” he said.
“There’s no better way to tell a story than by doing this.”