Photo Friday: Kid Friendly Sushi Bar

Baby at Nishino Sushi Bar in Seattle
Baby at Nishino Sushi Bar in Seattle

Nishino, one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants here in Seattle is also a great place for eating out with kids. I also think it's a great example of how you can enjoy interesting food even with kids in tow.

In this picture, E is too young to eat solids, but the action-packed sushi bar was a great place to sit. As he got older, we ordered him tofu, sliced avocado, tamago (an egg dish) and rice. Gradually he moved up to vegetarian hand rolls, tempura and other items. Even though he's an incredibly picky eater, Nishino is still a favorite spot for E, and he always finds something he's excited to eat.

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  1. globalgal on April 9, 2009 at 8:53 p.m.

    That is fantastic and is going straight into my files for later motherhood. I love how you have introduced your kids to such wonderful foods!

  2. RennyBA on April 10, 2009 at 12:46 a.m.

    Looks like E feels like home there - so cute :-)

    Happy Easter.

  3. Mara Gorman on April 10, 2009 at 5:28 a.m.

    Sushi is my oldest's favorite and I have learned that I must order him a full adult portion or go hungry myself! His brother recently decided that he likes California rolls. So these restaurants are tops on our list too.

    I recommend the book *Yoko* by Rosemary Wells - which is about introducing children to foods like sushi and which has fabulous pictures.

  4. Lucia on April 10, 2009 at 5:53 a.m.

    Yes, starting early seems to be the key. Having spent their early years in Asia, my kids will always pick sushi or curry over mac and cheese or pizza! You are lucky to have a good Japanese restaurant we aren't quite so lucky in the deep South...always hunting for that authentic experience but rarely find it here.

  5. Marina K. Villatoro on April 10, 2009 at 7:16 a.m.

    I love sushi!!!!! My son who doesn't eat anything always manages to munch on something in sushi restaurants.

  6. Carolina on April 10, 2009 at 8:24 a.m.

    He looks so focused, cute! I agree about taking kids to different restaurants and letting them try new foods. It's a skill that helps make traveling them so much easier.

  7. Jackie on April 10, 2009 at 9:13 a.m.

    Great shot. Sushi is one of our favourite eats too. Spud's usual choice of late is a California roll, a kappa maki (cucumber roll), and 2 tamago (sweet egg on rice). He's a big eater! And we have loads of good spots up here in Vancouver. One of these days I will get around to giving you a list of our faves for the next time you are up.
    : )

  8. amida on April 10, 2009 at 10:43 a.m.

    I stopped by a Mexican diner once to pick up some tortillas and there was a toddler there in one of those activity walkers, rolling all over the place. It looked so much fun. The parents (only diners) were enjoying their meal and their baby was totally occupied. I'm not sure if it was the restaurant's walker or the parents but it seemed a pretty good idea!

  9. Madonnalisa Chan on April 10, 2009 at 1:20 p.m.

    Great photo! That's great he loves sushi. I didn't have it until I got into college. The book you're reading to him is great too. Actually the whole series of books are great to introduce different cuisines. Of course B loves the Dim Sum version ;) I just wish they had a filipino version ;)

  10. Tamara Rice on April 10, 2009 at 7:21 p.m.

    Kudos! My husband introduced my son to sushi when he was a preschooler and he loves the stuff. Personally, I don't, so it makes a great father/son date for them.

  11. Lorraine on April 10, 2009 at 9:06 p.m.

    Debbie - this is a classic photo because the child's board book was one of our favorites when the kids were young. I can still remember the lines "miso in my sippy cup, tofu in my bowl, crab & avocado fill my california roll". Just found the link: Thanks for the reminder, I need to go and buy that for a new mom!

  12. Samantha on April 16, 2009 at 6:26 p.m.

    I have no idea about how babies can eat sushi like that! I think I can try too!