My good friend and I tried out the newly opened Fujimar. It used to be Lima, but Lima still exists. Let me try it this way: Fujimar occupies the second floor of Lima, but the ground floor and underground level are still the old Lima. Are you with me? To make matters more confusing, there’s no sign to alert visitors that there is in fact a restaurant within Lima or where that restaurant may be.
Fujimar looks different from the old (second-floor) Lima. It reminds me of South Beach. The first section, decorated in black and deep red, contains a small bar and lounge-type table seating. As you move towards the back, the color scheme changes into an icy blue-white. The LCD screens lining the walls display a computer-generated fire. Then, you’ll pass a few cocoon-like chairs that line the small hallway leading to the far end of the restaurant. Apparently, these chairs have dual functions: aesthetics and sound insulation. The latter will probably prove quite useful during more lively times of the week when you need a little peace and quiet to make a phone call . . . or just hide. The far end of the restaurant contains a sushi bar and a separate regular bar as well as several tables.
As you may have surmised, the place is visually stimulating, but what about the food you ask? Fujimar offers Japanese-Latin inspired cuisine including sushi and ceviche. Hawaiian fish dominates the menu. Our waiter explained that the fish is flown in from Hawaii several times a week. I have to say I find that a little hard to believe. Isn’t it cost-prohibitive? How long can a restaurant really afford to do that?
My friend and I ordered a few snacks: Red Pepper Barramundi ceviche, Hapu’upu’u nigiri, the Ebi sushi roll, and platanitos. The ceviche was nice, but overdressed with a rather thick red pepper puree. If you don’t like the taste of raw fish, then it’s perfect. I personally prefer a lighter dressing on ceviche. The Hapu’upu’u was light and fresh. The Ebi roll and platanitos were the best of the items we tried.
Overall, I didn’t see anything that made me eager to come back. I think Fujimar will be of limited use to most patrons. For example, for those that are still participating in events known as “big nights out,” then Fujimar might be a nice place to pre-game — that is, grab a few drinks and a snack while looking fabulous. And, hey, nothing beats the short commute to the dance club two floors below. I’m not sure how much fun Fujimar will be during the week. My friend and I pretty much had the place to ourselves on a Thursday night. Maybe that’s because people couldn’t find it.
(a/k/a Lima's second floor)
1401 K Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Fri-Sat: 6pm – midnight