KAZ Sushi Bistro
1915 I St., NW
Washington, DC 20006
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Sushi, Japanese
Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Farragut West
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
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.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Moderate.
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