100 Best Restaurants 2009: Kaz Sushi Bistro
No. 89: Kaz Sushi Bistro
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Rina Rapuano, Eve Zibart
Comments () | Published February 1, 2009
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KAZ Sushi Bistro
Address: 1915 I St., NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-530-5500
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Sushi, Japanese
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Saturday 5:30 PM to 10 PM.
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut West, Farragut North
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Price Details: Dinner appetizers, $4.50 to $17; entrees, $16 to $38.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly, Delivery, Good for Groups
Scene:
Food Specials
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Thursday, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, discounts on select drinks and appetizers.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

Cuisine: East meets West as chef/owner Kaz Okochi pushes sushi and traditional plates to the edge. When it works, his fusion can be revelatory. When it doesn’t, you’ll long for the no-muss selections from the sushi bar.

Mood: A Zen atmosphere draws World Bankers, K Street lobbyists, and GW students to this snug restaurant.

Best for: Getting away from it all at lunch; a group gathering at dinner.

Best dishes: Velvety foie gras with plum-wine jelly; mayo-slicked seaweed salad; crispy shrimp temaki; tuna with shaved white truffle; seared scallop with lemon salt; crunchy eel with pickled radish; gingery braised short ribs; yellowtail sashimi; a boozy chocolate marquise with lemon-vodka ice cream.

Insider tips: Bento boxes at lunch are as appealing to look at as they are to eat—chicken miso and nigiri maki versions are best. The more elaborate-tasting bento at lunch is good for grazers; you get a little bit of many things.

Service: ••

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Moderate.

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