Kotobuki - Review
I’d wanted to review Kotobuki for my blog for sometime but each time we’d go, we’d forget the camera. I really wanted to include pictures so I waited. And after several camera-less trips, we finally remembered it! We got what has become our usual table, right alongside the sushi bar. It’s a great place to sit and watch the sushi chefs at work. Plus they’ve added another refrigerated case right alongside the same side of the sushi bar as our table. Right there before our eyes were slices of octopus, salmon, tuna, Toro (fatty tuna), and yellow tail.
Kotobuki serves very fresh, very good sushi at $1.00 to $1.75 per piece. Rolls range from under $3.00 to $6.75 each. A great bargain for such delicious food. They also serve a traditional Japanese dish called Kamameshi. It’s a hot rice dish served with eel, chicken or vegetables. It comes out in a hot steel pot resting in a wooden box. You also get a bowl of Miso soup and a bento box with sashimi and three other small dishes of Japanese salads or veggies. It’s a very filling and soothing dish. We like it as much as we do the sushi and sometimes have trouble deciding which to get.
We started out with some hot green tea and a bowl of Ohitashi, a cold salad made from spinach or watercress that is lightly boiled, drained and served with soy sauce and bonito flakes. It was ok but I think I prefer the seaweed salad they serve over this. Biscuit Boy eschewed the cold Sake this time. For $5 you are served a small square box shaped cup set on a plate which catches any spilled sake from the cup. It comes with a tiny little bowl of salt and a teeny little wooded spoon. You place a little dab of salt on one corner of the box of the sake cup and sip the sake and the salt together. Sorta like a Japanese margarita.
Masago, Tobiko, White Tuna, Scallop, Flounder, Toro
We usually order one plate of sushi then get a smaller one for seconds. Gluttony be damned, this stuff is good. Our first plateful consisted of Toro (also known as Fatty Tuna), Scallop, and White Tuna for each of us; salmon for me, masago and tobiko for Biscuit Boy. Plus an eel roll and a spicy tuna avocado roll.
The Toro was spectacular! It just melted in your mouth. The scallop was silky smooth and the white tuna was rich and flavorful. My favorite roll, the spicy tuna avocado roll, is a wonderful combination of the rich creamy avocado paired with the hot spiciness of the tuna with the added flavor of sesame seeds. It all melds in your mouth and tastes wonderful. Our other roll, the eel roll, was as always, delish. The eel was warm and wrapped in sushi rice with a nice drizzle of sauce on top.
Tuna, Yellowtail, Eel, Rainbow Roll
We have never gotten the rainbow roll before and probably won’t again. It wasn’t that we didn’t like it; it was just too darn big and messy. We did enjoy the yellowtail and the eel but our taste buds had been jaded by the Toro when it came to the tuna. It was good but our mouths were looking for that richness found in the toro. Note to self: get the tuna first THEN get the Toro.
And as always, we left Kotobuki full and content. And it wasn’t too painful on the wallet. We had 26 pieces of sushi, three sushi rolls and two cups of hot green tea for $48. And that included the more expensive Toro and yellowtail at $1.75 each and the rainbow roll at $6.75.
Total biscuit rating for the meal: 4 biscuits.
4822 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, DC 20007