Cheap Eats 2010: Kotobuki
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 9, 2010
Cheap Eats (2010) 100 Best Restaurants (2010)

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: An exception to the avoid-cheap-sushi rule, chef/owner Hisao Abe’s DC restaurant eschews flourishes and puts his money where it counts—fresh seafood.

What to get: Ankimo, small pucks of pâté-like monkfish liver; sunomono salad, a collection of vinegary shrimp and fish; nigiri, including fatty tuna and yellowtail; one-stop meals such as eel kamameshi and eel unadon (both rice-based dishes with broiled fish) that come with pickled mushrooms, radish salad, and miso soup; mango mochi, a rice-paper-encased scoop of ice cream.

Best for: A fast meal for couples and small groups—there are few tables, and they turn quickly.

Insider tip: Specials are often worthy—look for a sign on the wall or ask your server what just came in. 

>> See all 2010 Cheap Eats restaurants here.  

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