Restaurant preview: Oh Fish! — the latest endeavor from Chef Kaz

August 5, 2011
One of my favorite sushi places in town, hands down, is Kaz Sushi Bistro (I St. NW between 19th & 20th).  The decor is understated, the food is top notch.  Above all else, Chef Kaz Okochi really does focus on the quality and variety of fish he offers and the techniques used to prepare said fish.  And it’s safe to say that he’s been doing this quite successfully for many years now.


While he’s been involved in recent joint ventures, like El Centro D.F. and Masa 14, with Richard Sandoval (of Zengo, La Sandia, etc.), Kaz has also been busy with a new venture of his very own – Oh Fish!  The idea behind Oh Fish!, located at the corner of 19th & L St. NW, is to let the consumer make their own sushi.  So, you pick (1) the size of your roll — large or “skinny”;  (2) your fish; (3) a few veggies; (4) opt for one or more additional toppings like fish roe or sesame seeds; and (5) the sauce (soy, wasabi soy, spicy mayo, etc.).


Boom! Your very own, made-to-order sushi roll.

Now for those, like me, who suffer from acute indecisionitis when it comes to too many food options, Kaz has made things easy by offering a few signature rolls with Japanese names and playful descriptions.  For example, there’s the Doki Doki.  Beneath the name is the English translation, “anticipation,” followed by its definition: “The feeling before a first date.”  Then there’s Mote Mote, translation “popular” and defined as “When people cannot get enough of you.”

I’m excited to try this place out.  If you’ve already been, let me know what you think! Otherwise, I’ll report back with my findings.

In the meantime, Kaz Sushi Bistro is offering a red snapper feast this month.  The special dishes feature various parts of the red snapper.  There’s the Sweet Soy Braised Head, Poached Skin in Ponzu Sauce, Grilled Fin in Hot Sake, and Scale Chips, to name a few.  While these dishes may not be for the unadventurous eater, I will offer what I hope to be words of encouragement:  I can’t remember ever being disappointed when trying a Kaz specialty item that was clearly outside my comfort zone . . .

Feel better?

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2 Responses to Restaurant preview: Oh Fish! — the latest endeavor from Chef Kaz

  1. Pat on December 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Hey, Vivi. Sounds great. Looking forward to trying it. But is it a take out place or can you eat in? Just wondering. Talk soon. Pat

    • Ellinida DC on December 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      Hey Pat, you can eat there or get take out.

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