Thursday, December 9, 2010

Kaz Sushi Bistro

If you don't think food can be sexy, sushi master Kaz Okochi and his team at Kaz Sushi Bistro will change your mind. This guy can work magic with a piece of fish, but it isn't just sushi that benefits from Kaz's touch. Delicately fried calamari set atop a bed of greens enrobed in a sweet pineapple sauce bore no resemblance to the rubbery circles so often served at restaurants.

So you don't think brussels sprouts can be sexy? They are when Kaz caramelizes them and pairs them with a tangy ginger dressing. These were melt in your mouth amazing.

OK, so the tofu with sweet miso sauce wasn't the sexiest or most interesting dish we've ever tried, but the tofu was fresh and silkier than a pair of stockings.

This isn't the kind of place where you want to order a California Roll and call it a day. Let Kaz and his sushi all stars select the fish for you. They know what is freshest and most amazing that day. After the series of appetizers, we shared the "Kaz Sushi Tasting 009" consisting of 8 pieces of chef-selected nigiri and one roll. The nigiri ranged from the exotic (flounder fin and salmon belly) to the familiar (sweet shrimp and tuna), and each piece was dotted with a unique sauce to kick it up a notch. I'm going to be bold and say it was the best nigiri I've ever had. The roll (in this case, a spicy scallop roll) was what all other rolls should aspire to: the perfect balance of fresh seafood and rice.
If you're feeling really adventurous and are looking to splurge, pull up a chair at the sushi bar and order the "Ultimate Sushi." The chefs will keep serving you their favorites until you tell them to stop. So much sexy, it just might be illegal.

Second Thoughts from B

When I told J that I wanted to take her out and have a date night, I didn't know that Kaz's seafood creations would be such a culinary aphrodisiac.

But let's keep things PG. We recently wrote about allowing culinary artists to be creative and surprise you by taking advantage of tasting menus. This is an excellent example. I'd never had salmon belly but you can be sure that I'll be ordering it off of any menu that features it from now on.

We've visited Kaz on three different occasions and each time he manages to expand our appreciation for sushi with exquisite flavor combinations, exotic ingredients, and perfect textures. This is sushi done right. Exceedingly fresh and with attention to detail. And I suppose that makes it sexy.
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