The first impressions once you have found your way to O-Ku (not thanks to Uber who couldn’t seem to locate the restaurant on our driver’s map) are seriously impressive. From the innocuous (very) door opening into a fantastic space (photo), through the extremely friendly front-of-house team (who managed to get us a table somewhat earlier than our reservation) to an extremely knowledgeable wait staff, everything sets expectations of the forthcoming experience high, very.
It is all the more unfortunate that on our visit the serving staff appeared a bit uncertain and the kitchen team not as bold as we were expecting from an interesting menu combining “traditional” sushi / sashimi with “fusion” / less usual hot dishes, thereby making O-Ku attractive to a diverse range of tastes. We shared our feedback with a genuinely curious and caring general manager and have high hopes for this potentially stunning addition to the Washington dining scene (only one month old as I write this). I look forward to returning in a few months.
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