Review: Kushi

I recently ate at Kushi, a large, modern Izakaya and Sushi restaurant in the charming Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood of the city. My in-the-know friend, LV, had a Living Social deal. I love trying new places that come with not only a recommendation, but a coupon as well!

After having a bit of back-and-forth with the hostess over our reservation, LV and I had the typical vegetarian to non-vegetarian conversation. I said, “So what should we get? Everything looks really good.” And she said, “Ooo, last time I was here I had the pork belly, and it was so yummy. Oh. Wait…” :-) But despite loving meat, LV is very accustomed to eating with vegetarians and pescetarians, so she was a champ and started offering up some suggestions of the vegetable and fish dishes that looked promising. We ended up ordering:

Sashimi Trio with Tuna, Yellowtail, and Salmon. The salmon was my favorite – tender and lemony. LV liked the tuna. Both of us were ambivalent about the yellowtail.

Arlington Darling | Kushi 1

Lobster and Asparagus Roll. This surprised us. Inside the roll was a spicy lobster “salad,” and we had anticipated chunks of lobster. But the asparagus was perfectly cooked and the taste was good.

Arlington Darling | Kushi 2

Corn Cob with Soy Sauce and Butter. We were curious about the soy sauce, which didn’t end up being a dominant flavor. This dish was basically just a well-cooked, buttery corn cob. Which is all well and good, but not very exciting.

Arlington Darling | Kushi 3

Broccolini with Garlic Oil. This was our second favorite! The greens were perfectly cooked – crispy and not soggy. And the garlic flavor wasn’t overwhelming. Solid vegetable choice.

Arlington Darling | Kushi 4

Sadly, I do not have a picture of our favorite dish: the Scallop and Potato Kushi Katsu (deep fried skewers). I suspect that there isn’t a picture because we tried it and got overly excited and finished it before I could snap. Same for the cocktails – we had a sake concoction that was delish.

Bottom line: if you go to Kushi, stick with the sashimi, vegetables, and deep fried skewers.

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