28 Aug 2011, 11:25pm
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Kaz Sushi Bistro

Hey everyone! Hope you all survived Hurricane Irene this weekend! I lost power for about three hours early this morning, but other than that, things are pretty much back to normal. I’m quite shocked that the outage didn’t last longer. Pepco is either stepping up at last, or things weren’t as bad as expected around here. I’m accustomed to being out of power for days in such situations, though “accustomed” doesn’t mean it’s any less annoying…

In any case, hello again! I figured it would be quite remiss of me to end August without having blogged once during this month, so here I am. (^__^)/

Today I’m posting about Kaz Sushi Bistro, a place that I actually went to a few years ago and just had a so-so impression of at the time. I’m not sure why that was. Maybe it had something to do with high expectations. I went there shortly after a presentation I’d seen at the Smithsonian on Japanese cuisine, where Chef Kazuhiro Okochi and the illustrious Chef Masaharu Morimoto both did presentations. (This included an awe-inspiring demo of Morimoto breaking down a large fish with masterful knifing skills. It’s not the same watching him on TV vs live-action. I was in the presence of greatness). I am a huge fan of Morimoto, so when I heard that he’d sat down with Kaz at his restaurant and talked shop with him, my expectations just skyrocketed. Perhaps this was somewhat unfair. Regardless, I just never had a chance to try Kaz’s for a second go, so I went back again about a month ago, with optimism.

It probably helped that I was with an equally enthusiastic food-lover (the “Digital Nomad” Drew). I find that when you dine with other food aficionados, the meal just ends up tasting better. Such was the case this time.

Pictured above is the sushi we ordered a la carte. They were all quite fabulous, though my particular favorites were the sweet shrimp and the Walu (Hawaiian white toro). Everything was fresh and tasty. The rolls could have been a little more tightly bound, as some were falling open at the seam, but the flavors were spot on, at least.

The rest after the jump:


Age dashi tofu was wonderful! It was a smooth tofu with a flavor of its own, not to be overpowered by the broth. It was definitely one of the better versions of this dish I’ve had in the area.

These short ribs were ridiculous. Tender and juicy and just about perfect. Loved the added texture of the fried onion crisps on top.

There were so many great desserts we had a hard time picking just two! They were out of ginger creme brulee, so we ended up with lychee panna cotta with mango sorbet instead. An excellent second choice. The flavor of lychee was very prominent, and the silky feel of the panna cotta was amazing. It paired very well indeed with the tartness of the mango.

The green tea tiramisu was equally fab! I love green tea anything, but this might have been my first green tea tiramisu. Hopefully not my last, because I could eat this everyday. The cake was airy with just a hint of sweetness. The plate was drizzled with a sweet bean paste sauce, the natural accompaniment for any Japanese dessert.

In all, a great dinner! I can’t wait to go back. ♥

Long time no see!!

And it’s great to read you’re OK after the hurricane!

Everything looks so delicious, you were so lucky to see Morimoto in action!

:D/

So lucky! Kaz was the only place I’ve been to in DC that served fresh uni. My mouth’s watering as I’m typing this…so sad and hungry…

 

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