Sushi Kawa
2202 4 Street S.W.

Hours of operation: Lunch: Mon – Sat 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Dinner: Mon-Thu 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Rating: **
Price range: $$
Reservations: Yes
Client negotiations: Yes
Lunch w/co-workers: Yes
Social Lunch: Yes
Quick solo lunch: Yes
Time in: 1:00 p.m.
Ordered: 1:10 p.m.
Food arrived: 1:25 p.m.
Time out: 2:00 p.m.
Total time: 1 hour
Low $: Hiya Yakko Cold Tofu, $3
High $: Sushi Sashimi Combo, $28.75
Lunch menu: One menu
Licensed: Yes

Sushi Kawa is a cute restaurant on 4th street with sumo wrestling always playing on the T.V and servers wearing traditional looking outfits.

My lunch there with my friend Mary started out very well. The assorted tempura ($13.50) was crispy and light, and the gyoza dumplings ($6.50) were made very well and tasted good. The Kamikaze ($6) was a massive beast of a roll that was hard to eat, but it was tasty, and both spicy and a bit crunchy. Then there was the Rainbow roll ($10) — which is a California roll that is garnished with different toppings of salmon, tai, Edi and avocado. It looked great and tasted nice too.

Just as we were lost in conversation, enjoying our sushi, I lifted up one of the pieces, about to take a bite, there it was — a hair. It was short, it was black, and it was stuck right into the roll and sticking out the end. Mary and I looked at each other, horrified and immediately stopped eating.

This is a tricky situation. Hair in food happens nearly everywhere, and it’s never pleasant. Judging by the reaction of the chef, who pondered the hair for about ten minutes after the waitress showed it to him, this sort of occurrence is rare at Sushi Kawa. I do feel they could have handled the situation better, as we didn’t receive an apology from them, but that particular roll was taken off of our bill.

Although our appetites were ruined by the hairy incident, Sushi Kawa served us a good meal that afternoon, even though I think there are plenty of other sushi places I will visit before going back there again.

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