Cheap Eats 2007: Kotobuki
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Kotobuki
Address: 4822 MacArthur Blvd., NW (Second floor), 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 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday and Sunday 5 PM to 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 10:30 PM.
Kid Friendly: Yes
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.
Price Details: Starters, $1.50 to $6.50; entre├ęs, 9.75 to $25
Special Features:
Kid Friendly, Good for Groups
Scene:
Food Specials

The black Japanese character dominating the main wall translates as “gathering place,” and that’s what this sushi house in DC’s Palisades is: On a weekday night the room throbs with happy diners. Perched above the better-known Makoto, Kotobuki boasts affordable prices and a quartet of sushi chefs slicing yellowtail, flounder, and eel.

The place is striking for its purity: no teriyaki, stir-fries, or noodle bowls, and no roster of boutique sakes—just one hot and one cold (Hakushika). But the shu mai dumplings filled with bits of shrimp are among the most delicate around, and kamameshi—rice casseroles cooked and served in iron kettles—are pure comfort. Try the one with chicken—eel and vegetables can be had too—and dig down for the crusty bits.

Save room for dessert: Pillows of ice cream wrapped in squares of mochi (glutinous rice) make for a pleasantly cool finish.

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

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