Kushi Izakaya 11.28.11
465 K Street, NW Washington DC 20001
Darren Norris and his wife Ari have put together a unique experience downtown. It's not your standard Japanese restaurant. It's a hybrid of east meets west. The flavors and ingredients are east, but the decor and service are west. Not a bad thing. Definitely a change of pace.
This "sides" for the lunch special. Assorted veggies...all done a differently for a little variety of tastes and textures. The cabbage had a nice zing to it.
Rich miso soup. Fresh chunks of goodness.
I got the spicy tuna and braised pork belly makimono. There was a little flavor profile on the spicy tuna that I couldn't peg. It was different than the usual rolls you get from your average sushi place. Very nice.
A little artsy close-up for the photo folks.
This was the Mayo Fried Chicken that my dining companion got for the lunch special. Nicely done. Crisp and tasty.
Here's a shot of the sushi counter. Just like I like it: Clean, uncluttered.
This is where the grilling takes place. I hear that this is pretty rocking at night. My friend and I showed up just before they closed after lunch, so it was fairly empty, but I'd like to come check it out on a Saturday night. I hear there are Saki shots being downed.
A place for everything, and everything in it's place. I liked it. I'll definitely be back. If you go, let Darren know you read about it on Pleasures of the Table.
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