Prior to the Wine Spectator Grand Tour, I knew I needed to have dinner, to have a full stomach before facing off against 200 wines. After pondering the myriad possiblities, I chose to eat at Douzo, a Japanese restaurant that somehow I had never dined at before. After my very positive experience, I will definitely be returning there soon to enjoy more of their menu, while sipping chilled sake.
Douzo has a modern, hip look with a lengthy sushi bar and a smaller alcohol bar. It is a good place for an afterwork drink and snack, a date or a group dinner. The menu is quite extensive, with everything from sushi to tempura, kushi yaki to teriyaki. Prices are a little higher than average, but not as pricey as some of the other high-end Japanese restaurants in the city. In general, I believe you pay for a higher quality cuisine than you will find at average Japanese spots you might visit.
Besides a fully stocked bar, Douzo carries about twenty different sakes, both domestic and Japanee brands. There are some good choices on the list and I chose to try their Sake Flight ($15), which includes small glasses of three sakes: Kaori Ginjo, Onikoroshi Junmai Ginjo and Honjozo Kimoto. This is a good way to try a few different sakes, and all three are quite delicious, while varied in their taste.
The Kushi-yaki, grilled skewers of vegetables, meat or seafood, also can be ordered by the piece, or really the skewer. Again, a great option. I went for the Scallop Kushi-Yaki, which comes with two large grilled scallops and a large scallion. The scallops were excellent, tender, and with an intriguing and spicy grill sauce.
Service was attentive, accomodating and professional. Overall my experience was very good, and I look forward to returning to check out more of their menu. This initial sampling was very positive, especially the tempura, and bodes well for future visits. I recommend you check out Douzo, and maybe I will see you there on my next visit.