Living in the NE end of Seattle, Uwajimaya is not on my usual shopping route. In fact, it's at least five, maybe 10 years since I've been there. But I needed some specialty items at PFI and thought I'd pass by on my way back. I just wanted a lunch snack and remembered having good pot stickers there years ago at the take out counter.
Well, for me the Food Court was totally new. That should have been a warning sign. But I still went to the Uwajimaya counter in the court. Pot stickers and bbq pork buns, what could be simpler? My mistake. The only taste was filler, not meat or seasoning, and even the filler was nondescript. The pot stickers were white, not browned anywhere. Yeech.
So then I remembered hearing that U was a good place to buy fish. I asked for a half pound fillet of Copper River salmon, reasonably priced at $13/lb. He put a fillet on the scale - .85 lbs. He trimmed off a little and wrapped it. When I looked at the label, it was still well over ($2) half a lb. He never mentioned it, and I didn't bother to argue. But I know that any experienced fish monger who starts with a fillet like he did can cut it to within an ounce or less. If not, at least they'll say: "Sorry, a bit over, is that ok?"
Adding injury to insult, when I got home I found that there were several obvious bruises and the flesh was separating a bit. It didn't smell old, but it sure wasn't as fresh as I'd expect to find at a good fish store.
So that's why my title is "first visit = last visit." Could also be: "3 strikes and I'm outta here."
600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA