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One drink successfully embodies the spirit of Sakerum opening Monday on 14th Street. Dubbed the “Wandering Samurai,” it’s made with sake, rum, yuzu, bitters, flaming shots, and six slices of sashimi that serve as a garnish.
The creation ($39) belongs to Gina Chersevani, who calls it her “mic drop drink.” Chersevani was tapped to design the cocktail program at the Asian-meets-Latin concept from Stephanos Andreou. Andreou is also a partner at Barcode, but says Sakerum will be more focused on food and drink than creating a scene.
The two-story restaurant replaces MOVA Lounge. It was designed by Swatchroom and features a first-floor sushi bar and a second-floor, 1,000-square-foot roof deck complete with a retractable glass ceiling for year-round dining. These seats will no doubt be the most coveted, and are thus available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited reservations will be available for the rest of the restaurant.
Chef Khan Gayabazar, formerly of Fujimar and Maté, will lead the sushi bar and kitchen. Expect sushi rolls impersonating ceviche with Latin flare and some lux maki like the “Mar y Tierra” roll with Maine lobster tail and scorched Miyazaki Wagyu beef ($42). Cold dishes will be priced $12 to $25 and hot dishes $8 to $17. Andreou predicts the grilled octopus dish served with orange-mango picante will be a best seller.
Weekly theme nights will also be a big focus at Sakerum. Monday nights will be for cigars, while Chersevani will put together flights of sake for guests to try on Tuesdays. Sakerum will open nightly serving dinner and a late-night sushi menu, and plans call for debuting brunch featuring live music within a month.
You can’t miss Sakerum while trotting down the hill on 14th Street. It’s golden façade is a looker, and slightly reminiscent of Daikaya downtown.
Sakerum, 2204 14th St. NW; (202) 518-2222; sakerum.com