Usually the words “fast food sushi” evoke feelings of fear and my bowels cringe a little. I’ve always steered clear of food court sushi or similar establishments because I’m an elitist and very picky about my sushi. Yet, when Chef Kaz Okochi’s name is attached, I have no qualms about checking it out. As some of you may know, I first wrote about Chef Kaz’s newest venture, Oh Fish! (19th between L and M Sts. NW) in August. I didn’t get a chance to try it out until today. I passed this place TWICE before I noticed the unassuming store front. After I worked up an appetite wandering around like a fool, I walked in to what is now my favorite “fast food” sushi place in DC. I suggest you check this place out as often as you can! It’s a bowl-cringe-free zone.
(Check out my prior review for details about the menu and set-up.)
Today, I tried two of the Signature Rolls because I didn’t feel like building my own: the Doki Doki (salmon, lettuce, red bell pepper, pickled pineapple, basil, spicy tomato sauce, crunchy rice cracker) and the Kira Kira (spicy tuna, lettuce, cucumber, green onion, wasabi soy sauce, sesame seeds).
There’s no mistaking that Oh Fish! uses fresh, high-quality ingredients. The sushi rolls I tried had a clean and fresh flavor. They were also huge, so at $8-9 per roll a pop, I felt like I’d gotten my money’s worth. The sauce accompanying each roll was served on the side and both were quite tasty. I especially loved the wasabi soy sauce which I couldn’t get enough of.
I also recommend both seaweed salad options. Those who have dined at Kaz Sushi Bistro, my favorite sit-down sushi place, will recognize one version offered as the same one served at Kaz Sushi. The seaweed salad, tossed in a creamy gingery dressing, is great. I tried the second seaweed salad option today and it’s equally delicious. It has a cleaner, more refreshing flavor. I’m glad the guy who rang me up suggested I try this particular version. (I’m guessing he’s the manager since he said had a certain air of authority.)