Dinner with a Side of Zen
mbiance is a key part of the dining experienc at Buddha Bar, with high ceilings, a larger-than-life gold Buddha, plenty of candlelight and a DJ spinning beats.
The sushi is beautiful and carefully prepared here, almost too pretty to eat. But of course I indulged. The Buddha Roll ($16) takes “cucumber paper,” sliced fresh each morning, and fills it with salmon, spicy tuna, crab and avocado. This roll is 100% rice-less and is garnished with Sriracha and signature Buddha Bar Kabayaki sauce.
I loved the Spicy Tuna Tartar with Avocado ($15), which looks like a work of art. It’s paired with homemade chips drizzled in truffle oil to dip or eat as an afterthought. The avocados were a moist and fresh contrast to the spicy tuna.
If you enjoy sweet, citrus cocktails, you’ll like the Buddha Love with raspberry and orange vodkas, a splash of orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, triple sec and amaretto, topped with an edible orchid.
Our server described the Roasted Black Cod ($33) as “the lobster of fish” and he was right! It has a thick and succulent texture similar to lobster with miso and yuzu sauces to give a kick of flavor.
Buddha Bar is perfect for anyone looking for satisfying yet tranquil dining experience that you can’t find elsewhere in the city.
Photo: Buddha Bar
Buddha Bar now closed
455 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001