by Emily Kane on June 7, 2011

1221 Spruce St.


On my lunch break I was searching for somewhere cozy to grab a quick bite to eat. Nestled against Sushi Zanmai, Amu is a traditional Japanese Sake bar and restaurant. Greeted in Japanese by the hostess, and the entirely Japanese wait staff, I was instructed to remove my shoes before taking my seat at the bar. (Note : Amu does not serve sushi, only sashimi and various other traditional Japanese entrees.)

To begin I was given a small bowl of pickled and spiced cucumber and asparagus. The flavors were sharp and the vegetables crisp, a nice way to cleanse the palate and prepare for the meal.

I began with the Kani Cream Karokke, deep-fried crab croquettes. They were lightly breaded and stuffed with bits of crab and a succulent cream sauce. The croquettes were accompanied with a side of house-spiced tartar sauce and a small bed of lettuce. The flavors complemented each other nicely and although the croquettes were deep-fried, they were not overwhelmingly rich.

I’m a sucker for salmon sashimi and ordered it next. It was served artfully, in a deep porcelain bowl on top of a bed of seaweed and accented with herbs. The fish was very fresh and had a clean flavor and buttery texture. I was given a generous amount of salmon steaks and finished my meal satisfyingly full.

Although a bit pricy, Amu is a wonderfully traditional restaurant with an interesting menu and a very friendly wait staff. I would highly suggest it for a more intimate dining experience.

this place looks amazing…I’m surprised I haven’t tried it!

by dan on June 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm. Reply #

Lincoln rellay needs a bar/lounge – rellay Really ?Can hip-hop and drug dealers be far behind ? Perhaps not on AKA’s watch, but certainly with the second, third or fourth bar to open.Perhaps I can I interest you in adult entertainment and/or a fully-fledged combat zone ? Maybe a strip mall in every sense of the word ?In the interest of full disclosure, I am not currently a Lincoln resident (now on Mercer Island, WA), but I did live there twice, acquiring a total of 9 years a Lincolnite, and hope to soon change that twice to thrice.

by Marebuzo on September 11, 2012 at 4:54 am. Reply #

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