It’s become a longstanding quip (albeit, reality) in our home that Andrew and I are Asian eaters. The sort that reach for the comfort and carbohydrates of sautéed rice noodle bowls before longer runs, cozying up with vegetable moo shu with sweet plum sauce delivery on rainy Sunday nights, the baseball game aliens toting avocado sushi and chopsticks in one hand, a Sapporo in the other. Perfectly content with this standing, our enthusiasm came as no surprise when Washington, DC’s latest fast casual, Buredo, a grab-and-go sushi-burrito hot spot, opened its Franklin Square doors this past June.
Elevating the conventional sushi concept of toasted nori and sticky rice with untraditional and globally influenced flavors, primarily sustainable seafood, and a pickled vegetable punch, Buredo simultaneously super-sizes the sushi roll and redefines the burrito, conceiving every (this!) sandwich lovers dream. With Kill Bill inspired menu options ranging from the ‘Pai Mei’ made with salmon sashimi, asparagus, pea shoot leaves, and toasted sesame mayo to the ‘Hanzo’ with yellowfin tuna sashimi, avocado, and tempura crunch, I’ve found myself most drawn to and excited about Buredo’s two plant based and vegan-accessible options, their tofu and roasted red pepper boasting ‘Elle’ and spicy beet, pickled cucumber, and avocado filled ‘Riki’. Both packed to the brim with an array of pickled vegetables and plant based protein, and as filling as their fish filled counterparts, I pinky promise these rainbow rolls won’t disappoint. Be sure to order your rolls sans-sauce to make them vegan friendly, complete with a side of rice chips and wasabi peas. Rolls range from a reasonable $8.85 – $11.75.
Buredo’s Quick Kimchi Slaw
1 head finely shredded red cabbage
10 red fresno peppers
1 ½ ounces fresh ginger
1 head garlic peeled
¼ cup fine sea salt
½ cup sushi vinegar
In a food processor fitted with an S-blade, pulse fresno peppers, ginger, garlic, and salt until smooth.
Add the vinegar to the finely shredded cabbage and mix well with the pepper/ginger/garlic mix until well combined. Serve in your favorite sushi roll, atop a salad, or as a stand alone afternoon snack. Enjoy!
Buredo is located at: 825 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, www.eatburedo.com/