Kenji Fusion caters to eclectic eaters with an extensive menu of multicultural cuisine. Spark lively conversations about the duality of literary metaphor and double-mint gum over a unique pair of appetizers, such as a bowl of lobster bisque ($8) and an eggroll for dipping ($2). Next, sample an entree of the Three Musketeers & Beauties, a multifaceted culinary creation boasting scallops, shrimp, chicken, and veggies soused in spicy garlic and bulwarked with four crab-meat wontons ($15.99). Kenji also features a full-service sushi bar and a sizzling hibachi grill, ideal for diners who prefer their stir-fry wrapped in seaweed and their raw fish cooked, A colorful and diverse décor lends the eatery an atmosphere as progressive and all-inclusive as its menu.
The sounds of sputtering grill tops, clattering utensils, and lively conversation fill the dining room at Honey Pig Restaurant, earning it praise from the Washington Post in 2010 as "one of the most entertaining barbecues around." The menu brims with both familiar and adventurous meats, including pork belly, beef ribs, and pork neck. Diners soak in Korean culture via both the food and K-pop, selecting a protein-rich spread and watching as the servers sear their orders on solar-heated tableside grills.
Founded by the owners of Honey Pig Korean BBQ, Honey Pig Izakaya continues the culinary traditions of its sister restaurant with raw, fried, and grilled seafood dishes stuffed into a menu of authentic Japanese and Korean cuisine. Guests can sip sakes and savor Asian tapas, fusion Korean entrees, and sushi rolls at tables, bar tops, or inside one of 13 private karaoke rooms, which can accommodate small parties or large groups of Elvis impersonators.
At Suldoga, the chefs create a menu of Korean cuisine, including hot-pot meals such as veggie bibimbap, cold buckwheat-noodle dishes, and casserole-style dishes for two. Both vegan and meatier options are available. Suldoga’s full bar, backlit with magenta and blue lights, washes off spice-covered tongues with cool libations.
At Palace Korean BBQ, diners watch as meats sizzle atop tableside barbecue pits, flanked by a colorful mélange of marinated vegetables, rice, and Korean condiments. In addition to Korean barbecue, kim-chi, and bi bim bop dishes, Palace’s expert chefs chop fresh ingredients and simmer them in teriyaki sauce or roll them into fresh sushi and sashimi. Their sharable Japanese shabu-shabu dishes also warm empty bellies.
Decorated with minimalistic earth tones, Asian masks, and dark wooden tables and chairs, the dining room fuses traditional and contemporary elements better than a supercomputer glued to a horse-drawn carriage. Throughout the eatery, bamboo stalks spring up from square pots, glowing in the same neon lights that illuminate the fully-stocked bar.
Taco Del Mar's bright tiki-bar ambience nicely matches the vibrant colors in the food. Try to one-hand the Mondo burrito with meat, beans, rice, sour cream, and pico de gallo ($5.89), or flatten out the situation with a cheese quesadilla ($3.69). Taking a break from the tortilla, Taco Del Mar offers food in its primal pile form with a burrito bowl ($5.89) and two cabbage-slawed, chipotle-sour-creamed tacos ($4.39). Dive into an edible Mexican cornucopia with the enchilada-taco combo platter ($7.99). Those seeking a bit of satisfaction can nab smaller "Mondito" burritos ($3.99) or a taco salad in a baked, rather than fried, shell ($5.99).