Cheap Eats 2008: Kotobuki
Comments () | Published June 1, 2008
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Address: 4822 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-281-6679
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Saturday noon to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday and Sunday 5 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday 5 to 10:30.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Ankimo (monkfish liver); sunomono salad; oshizushi; eel kamameshi; eel unadon; fatty tuna and yellw; mango mochi.

Why go: To paraphrase the writer A.J. Liebling: No sushi as cheap is as good, and no sushi as good is as cheap.

What to get: Rice casseroles known as kamameshi—a version with eel is our favorite—which arrive with an array of vivid snacks such as lobster salad and pickled mushroom; oshizushi, a long roll of pressed mackerel on lightly vinegared rice; ankimo, the foie gras of the sea painted with a light soy sauce; nigiri of yellowtail and white tuna; sashimi of scallop and sea urchin.

Best for: A quiet lunch for one or an intimate dinner for two. The cozy, 24-table dining room is a serene spot to dine—with only the ceaseless, all-Beatles soundtrack to accompany you.

Insider tip: The sake selection is small, but the presentation is beautiful—and worth a splurge: The small, chilled wooden box comes with a pendant-size spoon for lining the rim with salt, a noted sake enhancer.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for dinner.

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