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With I Love Wasabi roots, Migoto Sushi now open on 12th Ave

(Image: Migoto)

A restaurateur familiar with Capitol Hill’s appetite for sushi has opened a new spot across from Seattle University.

Migoto opened earlier this month with a deep menu of rolls, donburi, noodle soups, and grill specialties. It replaces longtimer Lemongrass, the mid-2000s born Vietnamese joint that managed to hang on even as more modern competition from Ba Bar moved in next door.

The space underwent a modest overhaul and now features a sushi bar setup and cleaned-up exterior.

(Image: Migoto)

Mai Nguyen previously opened I Love Wasabi on Broadway — a restaurant that lasted barely a year on the strip but that left behind an indelible memory.

Nguyen moved the business to the Central District where it thrived before shuttering in recent years.

Like I Love Wasabi, Migoto is a straight up traditional American sushi joint with a focus on rolls with clever names plus beer and sake plus a full liquor license in the works. A sushi lunch will run you $15, a bento box, $13.

Migoto is located at 514 12th Ave and open daily 11 AM to 10 PM — 11 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. You can learn more at


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