Open Seattle Japanese Language and Culture Meetup

We'll meet this abbreviated holiday week at India Bistro, a super-nifty Indian joint in the Roosevelt neighborhood, which serves pretty decent North Indian food.

We will order food to share, usually two or three appetizers and 4-6 main dishes, along with naan, paratha or similar, and rice. As long as our headcount is reliable, pricing usually works out to be quite reasonable. As usual, if you have any special dietary requirements, let me know in your RSVP; otherwise, we'll order about half vegetarian and half meat/fish type dishes, which always works out just right here.

We usually order the Goan coconut fish curry, a nice chickpea dish, something with spinach and paneer, and for early people, curried mussels. Other things will depend on various whims upon my arrival. This place has a fairly interesting "Indianized" variation on baba ghanoush that we often get as an appetizer. Anyway, I'm sure you'll dig it.

As usual, please remember to bring plenty o' cash, so that settling the bill doesn't delay my toddler's bedtime or result in the bursting of your eardrums with screams of もうおうち帰る!Also, your fellow diners will appreciate very much if you keep your RSVP plans up to date, so we end up with roughly the right amount of food for everyone and a reasonable bill.

Bus access is pretty easy with routes 48, 64, 66, 67, and 73. It's also a pleasant walk from the northern end of Greenlake, if you want to wander around a bit beforehand. There's fairly easy street parking within a few blocks, though if the weather is fantastic things occasionally clog up a little.

Nijikai is almost always at the Atlantic Crossing, but may be at Pies & Pints, Teddy's, or Die Bierstube, depending on what seems the most sensible destination based on the group size and such.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a commitment for dinner and so will join in about 30 minutes late - probably will eat an appetizer but cannot stomach a whole dinner! Please subtract me from the count when deciding how much to order!

    May 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      In that case i can pay for it and take it home!

      May 30, 2013

    • Jason T.

      We'll figure it out. I can make some last minute adjustments, if we have a substantially different head count. With larger turnouts restaurants prefer that I pre order , and last minute cancellations often just mean the per person bill goes up a bit and too much food is leftover. Usually I include a reminder to come hungry, since most restaurants don't have enough room for many non paying customers. It'll be fine, but please remember next time that our Thursday events are meant to be a shared dinner most of the time.

      1 · May 30, 2013

  • YOSHIKAZU N.

    So sorry.. I cannot make it.. I apologize the organizer Jason.
    My tendon in my right knee is terribly inflamed now and it is very hard to walk.

    May 30, 2013

  • Daniel

    going to a SIFF movie, maybe nijikai only

    May 30, 2013

  • Noli

    Did anyone see a plastic bag full of tea and brochures at the last meetup? If so, did anyone grab it? If someone did, could you bring it to this week's meetup?

    May 28, 2013

    • Jason T.

      You may want to check in with the restaurant. Piecora's pretty good about holding on to things for a while; give them a call.

      May 30, 2013

  • Julia S.

    Hello, I am looking forward to connecting with your group.
    I would like to suggest meeting for coffee or tea at that historic old hotel the was featured in "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" or else at Maneki's to learn more about the prewar history of Japanese community living in Seattle.

    May 26, 2013

    • Jason T.

      We sometimes do coffee shop events at Panama Hotel Cafe, although it's been a while since we've had anyone step up to host those events. Maneki is fun, but not very accommodating to groups of our size; their private seating is really only able to handle 10 people maximum, and the woman who runs it likes everyone to be exactly on time for their reservation, which makes it a little impractical for our Thursday night gatherings; however, it's not a bad idea to try to schedule a space limited special event there.

      May 30, 2013

  • Eri H.

    I take part in the meetup for the first time.
    Nice to meet you.

    2 · May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just moved here for the summer - will be a bit late but excited to meet everyone!

    2 · May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! I JUST moved from Boston and am very excited to attend my first meet-up event.

    1 · May 28, 2013

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