The Place: Momiji, 1522 12th Ave., CAPITOL HILL, (206) 457-4068.
The Hours: 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. daily.
The Deal: Momiji's happy hour menu is quite extensive, with an array of rolls for $4.50 to $5.50 and sushi and sashimi sets for $7 to $10; a list of other appetizers, including spicy ginger chicken and calamari, ranges from $4.50 to $6.
Late nighters can choose from a more refined list of nine selections for $5 to $10, like albacore poke or grilled ika.
Drink specials include a $3.50 rotating draft and $6 Choya Nouveau Plum Wine for both happy hour and late night. The early happy hour drink menu offers three types of sake for $5 to $6, while the late night menu hosts two $8 specialty cocktails, called Kyoto No Martinez and Tsuru.
The Digs: The space is much larger than it looks from the front. A large bar area awaits guests upon entrance, which is a cozy spot from which to watch the chefs prepare your meal. Walking back to the dining area, a beautiful atrium courtyard resembling a Japanese zen garden separates the two large dining buildings, giving the space a tranquil feeling. Floor to ceiling windows and the vast wood paneling give the space an elegant outdoorsy vibe. Extra added touches of Japanese lantern lights transport you from the bustle going on outside in the corridor of Capitol Hill.
The Verdict: Owner Steven Han, who also runs Umi Sake House and Kushibar in Belltown, has given the Capitol Hill crowd a reason to stay in the area and not satisfy their happy hour sushi cravings elsewhere.