What do you get when you combine culinary mastery with a fine art degree? Kaz Okochi, of KAZ Sushi Bistro, makes some delicious and gorgeous looking dishes.
I started off with the Sake Tasting #1 (Taisetsu, Wakatake Nigori, and Yatagarasu Taru) and the Bird’s Nest special. The Bird’s Nest was a bed of thin slices of baby calamari and uni in a truffle-soy sauce, with thin strands of seaweed and a quail egg on top. This was a really tasty starter.
Uni, or sea urchin, was actually the first sushi I ever had, and it almost turned me off to the genre. Thankfully, it was followed with a spicy tuna roll, which forever cemented my love for raw fish. This uni, however, was high quality stuff with a great creamy, earthy taste.
For this meal, I wanted a guided tour of the best that KAZ had to offer. I went with the Omakase Ultimate Sushi tasting menu, which is only available at the sushi bar. One of the chefs makes two pieces at a time for the diner utilizing the freshest ingredients. Each serving was simple, yet unique, offering interesting flavors. Between scallop with pineapple, ebi with yuzu tapioca, Japanese horse mackerel with ginger-scallions, walu with wasabi leaf, seared salmon, and bigeye tuna, I was very impressed with the quality of the food, the tastes, and the presentation.
Being that my usual favorite roll is that of the Spicy Tuna variety, I also put in for an order of that. Simple, yet well done, and not overly heavy.
From what I have heard, KAZ Sushi Bistro is also one of the only places in the DC-area willing to serve the infamous fugu (which features itself on my bucket list). Read more about it here on a (dated) Chowhound review, or at this more recent article from Washingtonian.
–KAZ Sushi Bistro 1915 Eye (I) Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 (202) 530-5500 http://www.kazsushibistro.com/