I’ve been seeing a lot of recent e-mail traffic about Fujimar, the restaurant upstairs from Lima (formerly just known as Lima). I wasn’t sure what to expect, being that I had always heard Lima talked of as a nightclub rather than a restaurant. After reading Tom Sietsema’s April review of the restaurant in The Washington Post, I decided to give it a shot.
The restaurant interior is über trendy. Around the wall is a line of monitors showing images of fish, giving the place an aquatic look. On a few of the monitors is a top-down view of the sushi chefs doing their craft, which I found to be a nice touch.
To get as much of a sample of the restaurant’s offerings as I could, I started with a Ceviche Sampler – four ceviches, including the Ahi Tuna and Ginger (my waiter’s favorite) and the Red Pepper Barramundi (my pick out of the four – although all were excellent).
I also got two orders of sushi, including the Volcano Roll (hot king crab salad on top of a shrimp tempura and avocado roll), and the Lime Garden Roll (avocado, garden vegetables, and lime-cilantro oil). The Lime Garden Roll was surprisingly good for a vegetarian roll…I wouldn’t overlook it for the lack of fish.
The mixology program at Fujimar is quite creative, and continues the asian-fusion theme of the restaurant. For my first cocktail, I picked up an Eastern Promise, with U’Luvka vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, yuzu, tamarind nectar, Sauternes foam (Sauternes, rose syrup, egg white), and violet salt. My second one, The Yamazaki Cobbler had Suntory Yamazaki 12 year Scotch (because for relaxing times, make it Suntory time), apricot liqueur, lemon juice, and apricot-mint nectar. Both went well with the food. The other options were also unique recipes that sounded excellent as well.
Don’t be turned off by Lima’s nightclub vibe. They have a solid dining and mixology option upstairs in Fujimar which I’d encourage you to check out.– Fujimar (formerly known as Lima) 1401 K Street NW Washington, DC 20005 (202) 789-2800 www.fujimarrestaurant.com