I know I’ve briefly mentioned Izakaya Seki but it’s definitely time to get more in-depth on this U Street gem. Whenever I get the hankering for sushi (which is far too often, thanks to my time in New York), I check my wallet, wait a few more days, watch this pixelated onigiri, and then head to Seki. The décor is a combination of minimal sushi bar (downstairs), and industrial-chic Portland hipster (upstairs.) We usually head upstairs, and craft a meal of both sashimi and some of their hot preparations.
On a recent weekday evening, we were ravenous by 5pm (standard.) We showed up to Seki around 6 knowing that for once we wouldn’t have a wait. What we didn’t know, though, was that they have a terrific Happy Hour deal–$5 for beer or their super refresca shochu-grapefruit sparkling beverage and a tuna sashimi snack. Naturally, we went through about five or six (ten?) of these snack/drink combos in addition to our early bird special. Our server was impressed to say the least. The tuna:
I was immediately tempted by sticky bulgogi-style beef short ribs. The bone made the meat all the more flavorful and supple. Yes, I said supple.
We also had their warm soba in a light yet densely-flavored dashi, which I sadly didn’t photograph. (Okay, I’m lying, the photo was…really bad.)
Back to Seki we’ll go, as soon as my wallet recovers, because my sushi addiction won’t ever dissipate. I’ll just be here watching the pixelated sushi dancing.
1117 V Street NW