Masa 14–Washington, DC
Off to DC to see the cherry blossoms? Looking for a fun place to go with a group? Check out Masa 14, a new spot opened by Zengo owner Richard Sandval, and Kazuhiro Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro. It specializes in Asian/Latin American small plates, an unbeatable combination in my book. It also has a serious list of innovative cocktails.
Four of us split more than a dozen dishes, which made for a fun and interesting evening. We liked everything, some more than others, but overall it’s easy to see why this trendy restaurant is always packed. The only real disappointment was the pork belly steamed buns, but that was probably my fault–I had visions of David Chang’s version from Momufuku in New York and these weren’t in the same league.
We shared pulled beef tostadas, carnitas with adobo BBQ sauce, mushroom flatbread, shrimp and pork fried rice with kimchee, barbecued salmon with achiote ponzu and spinach, and calamari salad with curry and a spicy chile sauce. Yet we hardly scratched the surface of the vast menu.
The bar is hopping, especially at happy hour when the specials are very appealing and easy on the wallet.
This is a very fun addition to the U Street area.