Wine shelves, glowing in the near-black azure of the deep sea. Undulating waves set in the smooth surfaces of columns and sushi bar. Bubble-like sheets of lights. The easy flow of Haiku Sushi & Seafood Buffet seems to mimic the smooth rhythm of the eatery’s namesake poem. Patrons slip through the restaurant, gazing at a buffet laden with a rotating selection of sushi, clams, fresh-cut sashimi, and lobster. Like snow tires stored for the summer, the seafood options stay cool on thick beds of ice, and the nearby grill releases merry crackling as chefs place made-to-order entrees on its rippling-hot surface.
The chefs at Sumo Sushi create specialty sushi rolls and teriyaki meals for lunch and dinner. They serve guests fresh nigiri and sashimi such as salmon, eel, and squid. Beer, sake, and wine can help wash down any number of sushi rolls, such as the Hawaii, with bluefin tuna over a California roll, or shrimp tempura with crabmeat and avocado.
Andrew Friedman has memorized and invented a library's worth of libations. As the president and cofounder of the Washington State Bartender's Guild, he knows his way around the counter—enough to experiment with barrel-aging his own cocktails and lighting his citrus twists on fire. The shelves behind him at Liberty Bar stretch four bottles deep, according to Eater, and those bottles’ spirits span continents and centuries. Andrew creates fresh "scratch" cocktails, so named because of their ingredients: hand-squeezed juice, homemade bitters, and syrups concocted in-house. Combined, they form imaginatively named blends such as the Preamble—gin, blackberry jam, and lemon juice—and the tequila-based Ultimas Palabras, which is Spanish for "last words."
Though the bar has earned a reputation as a gallery for sophisticated mixtures, Andrew maintains that it preserves a communal, down-home vibe. The servers happily suggest selections from the hundreds of whiskies, bourbons, mezcals, and locally distilled liquors, introducing patrons to new tastes instead of just sticking their favorite burger in a glass with ice. The menu also features beer, wine, and sushi rolls. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., however, the space functions as a coffee shop for Stumptown brews and savory pastries.
We are a Japanese restaurant that offers a full sushi bar and many smaller shared dishes called "ippins". Our focus is to use local and sustainable Northwest products whenever possible while still reflecting flavors of Kyoto where head chef and owner Taichi is originally from.