My husband treated me to the 4-person chef-side dining experience called Fishnook. Since the other two seats were never filled, we had Chef Ferhat's undivided attention. And what an experience it was. I documented each course on Facebook, much to the envy of my friends. Ceviche with Carolina wild caught shrimp, subtle taste of cilantro, and just the right hint of lime followed house-made waffle potato chips with imported EVOO, fresh thyme, and truffle salt. The lobster risotto was sublime -- every item's unique flavor came to life, particularly the fresh baby peas that tasted of spring. We had never had a traditional Turkish red snapper stew, served on a spicy and herbed tomato base in an individual clay pot. The simple, apple galette was a perfect ending. We also opted for the $25 wine pairings -- a different, generous pour for each course. This is a great experience that we can't wait to repeat.
If you are visiting Washington DC and are around U street do yourself a favor and go off the strip just a bit to this place. It has a better beer selection than most bars (just had Flying Dog's Blood Orange Ale) and the food is great. The focus is squarely on the fish. You can get a piece of grilled fish on a salad with fries for 12 bucks - and it is a perfect meal. Or you can be a bit more ambitious, the Spanish Octopus (when they have it) is at least as good as the vaunted Red Hen.
There are a lot of positives about this place: it's cute, nice décor, friendly service. But the problem is that the food is just "meh." My Crispin seemed a bit flat too (even out of the bottle, not sure how that happened). I had a few dishes that I shared with a friend. We tried the octopus, which was different--oddly meaty for a cephalopod. The octopus was probably the best thing about the menu and of what we ate. I tried the fish tacos, but they tasted like they had too much mayo. I also am not a huge fan of salmon fish tacos, which they were. Overall, I won't go back.
Lovely interior with tables moderately spaced and booths up higher. Menu is very limited so items need to be above average. You can order a sandwich with choice of dressing. I visited for lunch and had the fish and chips. This was served in a basket atop skinny French fries. It was one very large piece of hake which was too flaky and too large to eat with your fingers. Cod would have been much better as well as smaller pieces. The French fries were greasy and it seemed as if it was a lot more chips than fish. Seemed like a basket of fries rather than fish and chips. There was one server for all tables so service was a bit slow. A larger selection of fish would be helpful especially in a restaurant named "fishnet".