The Restaurant Project

February 13, 2011 § 11 Comments

One of the goals Scott and I set for ourselves in 2011 was to eat at a new restaurant at least once a month. (We have a tendency to rely on our favorites, the old standbys, and, um, Dominos.) We decided on this goal fairly late in January, so it was a bit of a scramble crossing it off the list the first time around.

January: Tarbouch Mediterranean Grill
Unless you’re in the mood for hookah, don’t go here. The food is terrible. I gagged the rest of the day.

Enough said.

February: Kushi
Go here. I would tell you this even if the restaurant wasn’t creatively conceived by the fabulous Ari Kushimoto (who I worked with at AOL, and who just so happens to also be the graphic designer who helped me create the ESPN Magazine spread I gave to Scott for his birthday two years ago) and even if her husband, Darren Lee Norris, hadn’t just been named D.C.’s Restaurateur of the Year.

Given Ari’s past connection to Scott’s birthday, I booked us a table at Kushi for February back in 2010 — and it was well worth the wait. It’s such a hip space — not at all what you’d expect from a Japanese restaurant — with indie rock piped in, and a cozy, earthy, chatterbox vibe. We made fast friends with the couple seated at the table next to us, and there’s nothing I love more than small plates that just arrive and arrive and arrive. Pork belly. Duck sausage. Grilled asparagus. Grilled unagi. I can’t wait to go back the next time Tracey is in town from Hawaii, because I can’t stop thinking about the wasabi gelato we had for dessert. So wrong but so right.

Coming up in March: Volt. Finally. This will be our third reservation and I’m hoping it’s the charm. And while April is still TBD, have I mentioned that we’ll be going to Miami? Yeah. I’ve got my sights set on Hakkasan, but only after the required trips to Eight Oz. Burger Bar, Nobu, and Joe’s Stone Crab.

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