Sushi Fix: KAZ Sushi Bistro

Where should I get my DC sushi fix? Hmmmm. I decided to try KAZ Sushi Bistro, a casual sushi restaurant located downtown a few blocks away from The White House.

Lunch at KAZ Sushi Bistro

Chef Kazuhiro (Kaz) Okochi opened the restaurant in 1999. It’s one of the few authentic Japanese restaurants remaining in DC. He also happens to be a certified sake adviser and the first chef to serve Japanese premium sake in the nation’s capital in 1992.


I really wish I knew about their omakase menus. Sigh. I didn’t even sit at the sushi bar and opted for a table for some odd reason. You live and learn. I ordered the Lychee Sake-Tini. It was slightly sweet but still pretty strong.

Lychee Sake-Tini

I tried a few of their special nigiri. It was two pieces per order. I had tuna with foie gras, Hawaiian Walu, sea scallop with lemon and salt, seared salmon belly with soy-lemon sauce, and a toro and scallion roll.


It was all very good. I like how they put a small twist on the pieces, but nothing too drastic. The sea scallop was delicious.

Tuna with Foie Gras

My favorite pieces were the seared salmon belly. It was lightly charred and melted in my mouth. I probably would have ordered 20 more pieces if I could, but I didn’t. If I’m ever back, I would opt for the omakase at the sushi bar for sure.

Seared Salmon Belly

Afterwards, I made my way to the Adams Morgan area to catch the Devils playoff game. I walked down the street trying to decide which bar to watch the game. From the corner of my eye, I noticed somebody wearing a Devils jersey inside a small basement bar and figured I’d join them.

Henrique! It’s over!

KAZ Sushi Bistro
1915 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 530-5500

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