We recently dined at Kashi a Japanese eatery and bar located in Downtown Stamford along Restaurant Row. Upon entering Kashi Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant my impression was of a special and swanky environment. Modern decor, soft muted purple lighting and a club like atmosphere blend to create multi-sensory experience. Introduced to the city’s thriving restaurant scene in January of 2016, Kashi’s has crafted a space and menu that is both innovative and artistic in its approach to sushi and Japanese food.
The bar is creates a hip and modern environment in which to enjoy pre or post dinner cocktails. The list of special cocktails is quite impressive and innovative. Old favorites can be found there such as the fun Scorpion Bowl which is always a fun cocktail to enjoy with others.
While the menu is filled with sushi and sashimi favorites, the new Seasonal Special Menu was the reason for our recent visit. Interesting dishes abound including Grilled Lobster which is prepared with grilled seaweed and a chili sauce. Seared Yellowtail Tuna combines a pleasant presentation in a dark covered bowl and includes seared yellowtail with yuzu, kosho gel and a yuzu dashi sauce. Delicious.
The Double Wrap was another new and interesting dish with soy paper wraps filled with spicy lobster salad and topped with a mango salmon chili. This was paired on the same plate with a fantastic cucumber wrap with spicy tuna inside. The seasonal menu is sure to be a hit and help insert new flavors into the offerings at Kashi.
We also decided to sample some of the classic dishes and enjoyed the Thai Basil Chicken, which is prepared in a wok with mushroom, onion, carrot and a chili paste basil sauce. Though not Japanese, this was a delicious dish.
For sushi fans, the Sushi and Sashimi for 1, is a great dish (and large enough to share). A wonderful presentation over crushed ice with a light underneath the ice which includes sushi, sashimi and a spicy tuna roll.
Kashi presents food that is only fresh and tasty, but does so in a visually interesting manner. Add the upscale modern atmosphere that seemingly transports you from your average restaurant to a new exotic dining locale, and you have a winning combination.
133 Summer Street, Stamford, CT