Raw Talent: Fujimar Fuses Japanese & South American Fare
by kara manos
Fujimar has become the District's hot spot of record for K Street power players and foodies. Located above Lima Lounge, the restaurant and lounge offers a palate-pleasing selection of Japanese- and South American–inspired dishes; think grilled calamari, sweet and sour spicy shrimp, and beef empanadas. While at first blush an odd marriage, this fusion is a culinary interpretation of the arrival of Asian immigrants in Latin America, and the subsequent melding of these cuisines. The sushi and ceviche bar, helmed by chef Khan Enkhbaatar Gayabazar, holds the promise of superb delicacies like the Tasmanian king salmon.
Power bartenders Ari and Micah Wilder lend their wit and cocktail knowledge to the beverage list, which boasts infusions of locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, in addition to a flourishing sake menu and artisan wine imports. After a long-awaited renovation, the space now accommodates 160 guests with sleek white tables and leather couches. We were particularly impressed by the restaurant and lounge's new décor, designed and executed by architect Ali Reza Honarkar of Division1 and inspired by Fujimar's core muse—sushi. "The choice of raw materials such as Viroc [recycled cement and wood particles] and raw steel really represents the ingredients," Honarkar says. 1401 K St. NW, 202-789-2800
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