My husband and I went here for a quick bite to eat and it sure was quick. We were sat in the bar area right away, there was no wait and this was during a Thursday evening at 5:45. Our server brought us our menu and we picked out our bowls. This was our first time here and we just picked some random noodle soups bc we felt a little rushed. People were going in and out quickly in the noodle bar. Our server was really heloful to others that came in after us. He suggested lots of choices and brought out sauces for other to put in their ramen bit didn't do any of this with us. The environment is super trendy with very loud music blaring. I ordered the Shuyo Ramen dish and it was OK. I was raised to eat many noodle soup dishes on a regular basis and this was just OK. The broth is very rich and sweet. I think there was too much soy sauce in the broth. Too sweet for my liking. The noodles were absolutely delicious. They were perfectly cooked. The soft boiled eggs were also really good. We also ordered the Spicy Miso. This was much better than the Shuyo, still rich but not as potent. This soup was a slightly sour and had the same delicious ramen noodles. If you want a quick bite to eat with one or two people then I would suggest going. I think most people would like eating the ramen here but it was just not for us.
The fish was top-notch. Dinner for two, with a bottle of wine, was about $100. We ordered everything off the special menu (figured it would be freshest). We had the scallop nigiri with an apple reduction of sorts, the mackerel nigiri, a toro nigiri of sorts, two orders of the walu nigiri, and tempura clams with green tea salt, served beautifully in a clam shell. I think it's the best sushi I've had in DC. Everything was fresh and delicious. The WALU was awesome, get it if it's on the menu. I went back a few days later and had the walu nigiri and 2 rolls (one tuna/cuke and one yellowtail/scallion) and thought it as great, and the basic rolls were a reasonable cost (around $5-6), so it doesn't have to be a pricey night.
We come here every time we have a trip to DC. They have the best sushi in the DC area. Their flavors are unique in each roll and they don't pour on the sauces on their sushi. The sushi is rolled really well so the inside doesn't fall out Most of the time the sushi is beautifully presented. The service here has been outstanding each time we have eaten in the bar area. The wait staff has been really friendly, welcoming and helpful. We haven't been to any other part the restaurant since their sushi happy hour is so awesome. Half off all sushi from 3-6pm every day! Oh and they have free WiFi, just ask the hostess for the password.
Kaz is the most consistently fresh and delicious sushi in D.C. Others are good, but fail in one way or another. I have probably been to Kaz 20-30 times. Each time, the fish has been perfectly sliced, served at the perfect temperature, and served without the attitude of undeserving nearby places. Many places get inventive with sushi and lose on quality and authenticity. Not Kaz. The tuna nigiri with truffle and prosciutto-wrapped scallops will make you smile. And try the ice cream.
I visited Kaz last Friday with my friend and another couple. The sushi was pretty good. My friend and my friend's boyfriend claimed to have never had better sushi. We didn't try any of the special rolls, but the nigiri was pretty good and boasted some interesting combinations of fish and sauce. Although it got pretty busy, the service was pretty good and the ambiance was nice.
Very good sushi...not mind blowing but good and consistent which I find several sushi places lacking. Usually always get the standard rolls - spicy scallop, spicy shrimp, spicy tuna, tuna tartare, spicy salmon and seared salmon belly. The salmon belly is the perfect way to begin this meal...its amazing. Always have the green tea...most of the time they don't charge you for it.
The food here was great! I had three hand-rolls - spicy tuna, salmon avocado, and crunchy shrimp. All of the rolls were great - very fresh. The lunch special also came with a small salad that had an amazing sesame seed dressing and a bowl of miso soup. I thought even the miso soup was above average. The only drawback is that it's a bit pricey - my lunch special was $14.50.
I'm a big fan of sushi and I'd say this is one of the best spots in DC and quite authentic. The interior is simple and the staff is very polite. What they lack in creative or fusion-esque combo rolls, such as SEI, they more than make up in quality of fresh fish. You can tell it's high quality food, which makes it that much more enjoyable. Check it out!
The spouse and I opted for the restaurant week dinner menu. We had the yellowtail ceviche and salmon tartar...amazing. The nigiri and maki were just so-so: bland fish, odd texture to the rice. The walu, however, was exceptional. For dessert, we had the espresso tapioca and panna cotta with mango sorbet business; both were surprisingly tasty.
My favorite sushi place! Try the tuna with foie gras and seared salmon belly-heaven! I crave the calamari "pasta" with uni and quail egg that is usually on the daily specials. I've also had delicious sablefish, and different types of toro. Order off of the daily specials menu for really fresh and delicious fish.