Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Raw Deal

Japanese on the cheap at Billy Beach

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Some things start suspicious, only to end up legendary.

And for the first time, "inexpensive sushi" belongs in this category.

Unlike most happy hours and all-you-can-eat buffets catering to the hungry yet indiscriminant, Billy Beach Sushi in Ballard serves up buttery sashimi and umami-rich rolls at seriously affordable prices.

The happy hour menu, which only disappears for prime time (7:30-10p) and is offered all day Sunday, tops out at $15 for a generous selection of omakase sashimi. That means chef’s choice and Billy Beach, also co-owner and executive chef at downtown’s Japonessa, definitely knows his stuff.

Other menu standouts include the agedashi tofu, a deep-fried delicacy served atop silky dashi sauce. Tempura, fried oysters, and chicken kara age round out the Japanese comfort-food classics.

Drinks are cheap, too — $3 hot sake and Sapporo, $4 house wines — but feel free to opt for spendier cocktails heavy on housemade ingredients. Bonus: Through May 23, happy hour is all evening long.

Legendary indeed.

Billy Beach Sushi & Bar billybeachsushi.com
463 Leary Ave NW, Ballard
(206) 257-4616
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Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Best bets: Ballard Crunch roll; chicken kara age; agedashi tofu
Nearby: The Walrus & The Carpenter; Hazlewood; Pestle Rock

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