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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.

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455 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

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  1. Buddha Bar DC 7 March, 2012 at 08:53 Reply

    @DCFoodieSarah Thanks for your beautiful write up Sarah! Glad you had a great time. Hope you can make it back soon!

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