I guess its tough to call Seki my new favorite restaurant in DC. After all they have been open for over a year and more. But damn this place is good. Like, close your eyes, point at something random and it will be good, good.
Breaded pork belly on skewers, grilled mackerel, spinach in a miso dressing, fried chicken, rice balls, fried sardines, soba noodles. All damn tasty.
For those out at restaurants even semi-regularly, it's hard (and unnecessary) to post here about all meals out. Don't want to repeat something already posted, etc. But, those issues aside, there sometimes are posts I do intend to make but then can't or don't get to it soon enough. With too much time lag, the specific dish recollections fade.
Such is my lot with a meal we had at Seki maybe three months ago. We took some friends not very familiar with Japanese cuisine to thank them for help they'd given us.
The pork belly skewers and spinach dishes Tweaked had, we had also. Beyond that and a few sushi courses that were absolutely fantastic, I can't remember the specifics.
That said, I'll sleep better now having made this post just to share that:
- Cizuka took care of us so hospitably and expertly, the memory of that remains vivid
- The food was outstanding; virtually every course of the tasting menu Cizuka suggested
- The value was eyebrow raising. Can't remember what we paid but, for what we had, it seemed unfair to the restaurant.
We don't get here often enough. It's a truly wonderful and incredibly special place. Our friends, not at all prone to hyperbole, raved about it and that's no exaggeration. We've been maybe 10-12 times over the few (or several?) years they've been open but that December dinner was the most recent.
If you've never been, go. If it's been a long time, go back. If you get lucky enough to have Cizuka as your server, trust in her fully and let her guide you. Be forewarned if you don't know her and don't ask, she probably won't even tell you she is an owner just taking care of your table.
That is all. And, thank you Cizuka! You, your father and your Izakaya are awesome!