Red paper lanterns dangle from the ceiling at Ikko Sushi, casting a warm glow on careful arrangements of colorful sushi. Displays of fresh fish line the sushi bar, where chefs assemble salmon, eel, and crab into kaleidoscopes of texture and color, adorning them with extravagant flourishes of spicy sauce, wasabi, and shredded Japanese currency. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, pots bubble with rice and noodles, as grills sizzle with teriyaki beef, chicken, and pork. Servers tote dishes and cups of imported beer and sake out to tabletops that speckle both the interior and outdoor front patio.
Aged wine? Yes. Aged cheese? Sure. But aged noodles? You wouldn’t expect it, but after noodles arrive from Sapporo, Japan, Ren’s staff stores them at a specific temperature and humidity to bring out their ideal texture and flavor. Once noodles are at their peak, the staff plops them into steaming bowls of ramen.
For a tasty mix of Asian flavors and a laid-back vibe, Washington's Spices Asian Restaurant is the place to go. Can't eat gluten? Avoiding fatty foods? Vegan? No problem — Spices Asian Restaurant offers plenty of options for you as well. Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Spices Asian Restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner. Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at Spices Asian Restaurant just as much as mom and dad. Spices Asian Restaurant is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings.
The dress code is strictly casual at Spices Asian Restaurant, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable). Catering is also available if you'd like serve Spices Asian Restaurant's tasty dishes at your next party.
For those who wish to avoid traffic, Spices Asian Restaurant is also accessible via public transportation, with a close stop at Cleveland Park Metro (Red). Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at Spices Asian Restaurant's Connecticut Ave NW residence.
Meals at Spices Asian Restaurant are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Spice up your day with some tasty Korean barbecue — Rice Bar is smack dab in the middle of Washington's Dupont Circle district. Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Rice Bar, though, so plan to indulge a bit. Ready for a drink to unwind? At Rice Bar, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar. Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at Rice Bar just as much as mom and dad. Big crowds can spread out in comfort at Rice Bar, which specializes in hosting large groups and gatherings. Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi. Rice Bar offers patio seating in the warmer months.
You can also serve food from Rice Bar at your next party — the restaurant offers catering. Prefer to dine from the comfort of your own couch? Swing by Rice Bar for carry out, or have them come to you with delivery.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Rice Bar. For those who wish to avoid traffic, Rice Bar is also accessible via public transportation, with stops at Farragut North Metro (Red), Farragut West Metro (Blue, Orange), and Foggy Bottom Metro (Blue, Orange).
Leave your piggy bank at home! With prices under $15, you can eat at Rice Bar for next to nothing.
For fresh maki, Washington's Lotus Lounge has got you covered. Dieters beware — Lotus Lounge does not offer low-fat cuisine. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers. The restaurant frequently features a DJ, so visitors can treat their ears to some of the best beats around town. Those who enjoy dancing can make their mark on the open floor. The restaurant is about as noisy as it gets — plan for booming speakers and chatty crowds everywhere.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded.
You can easily find street parking near Lotus Lounge or pull up curbside and make use of the valet service. Don't feel like driving? Public transportation is right around the corner, with available stops at Mcpherson Sq Metro (Blue, Orange), Farragut West Metro (Blue, Orange), and Farragut North Metro (Red).
Meals at Lotus Lounge are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Caf? Asia's menu reads like a jetsetter's dream itinerary. Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan, and Vietnam. These seven East Asian countries may be the starting point for the eclectic lineup of spring rolls, ramen, fried rice, panggang, and noodle bowls, but it's Caf? Asia's chefs who take it to new places. The Vietnamese grilled pork demands special attention; chefs marinate the meat overnight with lime, garlic, fish sauce, and pepper. Caf? Asia could easily stand on its own as a sushi bar, however. Contemporary twists on traditional rolls have led to creations such as the eight-piece cajun roll with crawfish tail, sriracha, spicy mayo, and diced jalape?o, which is the world's spiciest fish.
The food's diversity has won many fans. In an article published on January 3, 2011, Examiner.com rightly noted that the restaurant has "enough choices to please almost any palate." The Washington Post also noted that the restaurant has hosted such distinguished guests as Dr. Jill Biden. Two full-service bars and a lounge allow Caf? Asia to host a slate of special events each year, including its New Year's Eve party.