When we say "go east," we don't mean all the way to Japan.
Just hop on the 520 and drop by Ishoni, a new yakiniku-style restaurant in Bellevue.
Yakiniku, for the uninitiated, is the art of cooking thinly-sliced meat over hot coals, and the carnivorous collection here is enough to make a butcher blue-green with envy.
Sure, they have the typical picks like cubed beef and spicy chicken, but it's the adventurous dishes that really sell the place.
Pork jowl caramelizes brilliantly over the charcoal, with the fat giving a crispy bite to the meat. Thinly-sliced beef tongue brings a huge umami payload with deep flavor.
On weekends, the menu expands in a very interesting way: both Australian-grown Wagyu and A5-grade Japanese black Wagyu hit the grill. These are the kings of cattle, and the meat is exquisitely marbled and melts in your mouth after a quick sear.
Get them with fresh-grated wasabi from the root — if all you've had is the green pasty stuff, it's time to get real.
You might even take some inspiration home for your own summer grilling.