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Judging Restaurants – Saki

by Prince Of Petworth September 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm 11 Comments

Saki is located at 2477 18th St, NW. I noticed the sign (above) announcing the expanded menu and realized that we’ve never discussed them before. I guess I always thought they were more of a lounge than a restaurant. But some yelp reviews say the sushi is really good. Any fans of Saki as a restaurant spot?

  • DB

    i went to their openining party in… ’03 (?)

    Looked like the Jamiroquai video inside. The sushi was ok, nothing remarkable.

    i’m sure it’s changed boatloads since.

  • FYD

    I haven’t been there in a couple years, but it used to be pretty good. The happy hour $1/piece sushi was a real bargain.

  • MJ

    I think Perry’s sushi is far superior. It’s my favorite place in town for sushi.

    • FDL

      It also costs about 4x as much as the sushi at Saki.

      Saki is what it is, cheap, unpretentious sushi and silly, fruity drinks.

      • TaylorStreetMan

        unpretentious, maybe…. except for the sign/logo. What’s with the long ‘a’ (red line over the ‘a’)?
        Do they pronounce it like “sake-ee” or “sock-ee”?

        This has always bugged me. Either they’re just ignorant because they don’t know what the line over the ‘a’ means; or they’re trying to be all hip and sexy with a “hot new look” putting the red line there.

        I understand the ‘a’ is supposed to represent a piece of sushi (with a red piece of fish on top), but still, it bugs me. Contributing to the dumbing down of society.

        • SteveMorgan

          Ya, see…the thing is…Sāki is not an English word.

          In Japanese a,e,i,o,u are either long or short, and when long, they’re a written with a bar above.

          It’s not “saik-ee”, though. That’s the English “long a” sound. Rather it’s “sahk-ee”. (or “sock-ee” if you prefer.) To make a vowel long in Japanese, just hold onto it to literally make it a little longer.

          My guess is it’s a play on how English speakers tend to pronounce “sake” (the rice wine), which should really be “sahk-ay”.

          Make sense? You just learned something.

          Now eat your words with a delicious piece of sushi.

  • Saki is great for happy hour. Excellent value.

  • DC Girl

    Saki has decent sushi and great happy hour prices for sushi. Their wine selection sucks big time. Oh yeah and it seems like everytime I go there, the wait staff are all Russians, which seems weird for a sushi place (no offense meant to any Russians out there).

  • HiHaji

    The owner hired me to DJ very early on (maybe even the opening ) and then stiffed me at the end of the night…and I had to lug my turntables and sh*t since they didn’t have any there

  • Petworthian

    I prefer my sushi without a pretentious velvet rope.

  • ForTheShorties

    don’t forget about the “off-premises” club downstairs on saturday nights. Love me a little nudity w/ my sushi.


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