Tired of sushi places that reek of fish and have a cold, low energy atmosphere? How about enjoying excellent food and exceptional drinks in a unique surrounding? Sticky Rice, located on 1224 H Street NE in Washington DC, exudes a funky-Japanese-badass vibe that is perfect for a girls’ night out, a lively celebration or a romantic date. “It’s a fun place for fun people,” says Owner John Yamashita.
The interior is red with accents of black infused everywhere. The intensity and passion of the red tones mixed with the elegance and simplicity of black enhances its welcoming but intense vibe.
Lanterns hang from the ceiling and wall mounted anime art murals give this place an oriental yet modern feel. Guests sit in private booths or tables and listen to an eclectic blend of genres. The music pulsates through the two-story venue at an intensity that lets you listen to the music and still manage to engage in conversation. Seven projectors and four televisions display catchy videos – a great distraction for when a date runs dry!
Tattoo-covered bartenders serve-up great lychee martinis among many other drinks. Tons of people eat at the bar– a perfect option for those dining alone or those who want to meet people in a more bustling and happening environment.
The menu puts an original spin on Japanese treats and American staples, such as Jolly Green Wontons and a Tokyo Burger. The highlights of the meal were the Sticky Scallops, Godzirra Roll and Tater Tots.
The Sticky Scallops are pan-seared in house brown sauce, garnished with carrots, bean sprouts and cashews. A multitude of flavors, all at once: succulent and fleshy scallops, crunchy raw carrots and cashews, sweet house sauce and brackishness from the salt flecks.
Our waitress recommended the Godzirra roll, (Get it? Godzirra roll?) It’s a huge 10-piece roll filled with crunchy shrimp, avocado and cream cheese. A spicy sauce and tempura crunchies drizzle the plate, adding a piquant kick! The piping-hot golden tots are served in a large bucket accompanied by their “world-famous” secret sauce.
With its zesty food, refreshing cocktails and hip setting, dining at Sticky Rice will always result in unforgettable experiences.
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Aug 20, 2012