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Jun 18, 2007 08:57 AM

Jordans 8

Does anyone have the scoop on when Jordans 8 on 8th, SE is going to open? I am dying to check it out!

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  1. I work down the street from Jordans 8. They have signs up for hiring waitstaff and most of the construction seems done...the paper is off the windows and most of the tables/chairs/furnishing seems to be in place.

    Do you happen to know what the deal is going to be with this place? Menu? Price range? Open for lunch and dinner? Hoping it will be reasonable since there is barely anything reasonable in that area anymore...especially for lunch. But the design seems pretty swank so I imagine it will be a slightly higher end.

    I heard something awhile back about it being a steak place but that hasn't been confirmed.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Thanks for the info!! (I am clearly pretty excited for this place to open up) I don't think it will help your lunch issue though. What I read is that it will be steak downstairs and sushi upstairs so I doubt it will be inexpensive. My guess would be that he is probably going to try to draw in some of the Belga Cafe type crowd (it is the same guy who owns Tapatinis).

      1. re: NK623

        Belga seems to be raking it in, so the competition will be good. I also heard that Jack's Restaurant II (from 17th st nw) is moving in down the street at the old miller reporting building.

        1. re: chasiubao

          I heard the same thing. But I also heard that its not a sure thing yet because the owner is trying to figure out if he'll be stretched too thin.

          What would be really excellent is for some really great sandwich shop/deli type place to open up around there. Then I would be in heaven!

          1. re: chasiubao

            ALSO---a little birdie told me that Matchbox is thinking of opening a location next door to Jordans 8 but I have no confirmation on this...only rumor

            1. re: NK623

              I wonder where. There doesn't seem to be any space next door.

          2. re: NK623

            Well sushi is always good. The only other place where I get sushi is Sizzling Express...and that's not cutting it!

        2. The grand opening is on the 30th. Was at a private event tonight with some very tasty sushi.

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          1. re: dcfb

            Oh awesome--thanks for the info!

          2. this is a japanese steak house right? like hibachi?

            1. Has anyone been yet? Help out with a description of the menu or food beyond just steak and sushi?

              I don't think they are open for lunch or at least not yet because I work on the same street and they have been closed every day this month for lunch.

              I tried searching for a website or menu but couldn't find anything. I['m really curious to see if this place will last as just a dinner spot.

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              1. re: Elyssa

                im dying for some info on this, all of my searches have ended up with zilch!

                1. re: elegantelliot

                  We went last week. The upstairs is a sushi bar, with an upscale "lounge" area and some outdoor seating on the back roof. They have a lot of big plasma TVs playing Cirque du Soleil stuff with the magical glowing children, etc. The downstairs is not a Japanese-style steakhouse or hibachi, as you might think, but rather an American-grill style restaurant, with steaks, pork chops, etc. and bowls of sweet potatoes, etc., as group sides. The two floors have entirely separate menus. It seems like they're still working out the details, but the night we were there, you could get sushi sent downstairs, but not meat sent upstairs. So you have to decide what you want to eat before you sit down.

                  We ate upstairs and had only sushi. They offer a pretty standard array of nigiri and maki, and a few "signature" rolls, like the "Tapatini," which includes olives. I thought the quality of the sushi was pretty good. Not quite up to Sushi Taro standards (my favorite), but very good overall. They also offer an array of sake, including some very high end sakes. The upstairs had a bit of a high-end club/lounge/downbeat-chill vibe, and I wonder if they're not trying to entice some after-hours big-spenders to stop by for $300 bottles of sake as they trance out to the Cirque.

                  The service is obviously a work-in-progress, but was pleasant and friendly. The hostess, who tooks us to our table upstairs, walks slower than any human I have ever seen. If she moved any slower, she would have actually begun to travel backwards through time, arriving at our table just at the Dawn of Man. Not that it's important, it was just an odd experience.

                  Overall, I'd recommend it and it's a good addition to the neighborhood (yay sushi). We didn't eat downstrairs, so I can't speak to how good the grill is.

                  1. re: Mighty Jim

                    sounds weird and even less appealing after that review. its sounds a little like Perrys, which usually doesnt impress me.

                    1. re: Mighty Jim

                      Lol thanks Jim for your review. I cracked up at the description of the hostess.

                      Sounds like an interesting place. How much was the sushi approximatly?

                      Are they owned by the Tapatini's folks?

                      1. re: Elyssa

                        It is a little like Perry's, although I thought the sushi was better. I believe that it is owned by the same folks that own Tapatini's.

                        The sushi prices seemed average to me. I think we ended up spending about $35 per person, with drinks. I seem to remember that the nigiri and regular rolls were in the $8 range, and the signature rolls were $11 to $13. The pieces were average size, although the signature rolls were pretty big.

                        I liked it, although my Cirque-tolerance is very low -- it's a sushi place more in the vein of Dragonfly, than a traditional Japanese-style place like Makoto or Sushi Taro. And it's great to have a decent sushi place on the Hill.

                        1. re: Mighty Jim

                          my problem is, its hard enough to do one thing really great, like a steakhouse, but to try and do 2 things really great seems to always fall short. i would probably give it a try though.

                2. Well my girlfriend and I tried Jordan's 8 this tuesday and lets just say there were at least 8 reasons not to go again. I know the resturaunt is new and I went there with the attitude that it probably had some kinks that needed to be worked out.

                  The problems started when we met the hostess. She looked at us and asked us where we would like to be seated. She didn't inform us that upstairs was loungey and downstairs was kinda like the steakhouse part of the place. She just looked at us kinda blankly and sent us upstairs.

                  The interior is pretty cool and for that reason we might be back for drinks or a little bit of sushi. Upstairs is a narrow with a very tiny lounge, a sushi bar, and a regular bar with tables set all the way down the wall. This is where our problems began. I fully expected for their to be service glitches, but it was more than that. it seemed our waitress hadn't even been properly trained. There was at least 20 minutes of not being checked on between our drinks and our salad and another 30 minutes between that and sushi. All around us people were complaining, one couple had been there over and hour and hlaf and the waitress was arguing with them about who's fault it was they had been there so long. Then the line of the night happened when the waitress said, "Well the reason its taking so long is that you two ordered too much, I mean yall ordered 10 pieces." Wow.

                  Overall the "signature salad" was nice. Nice greens with vinagarette, dried cranberries, and some blue cheese. i would ahve like to see something crunchy in there, like some pine nuts walnuts, pecan something, would have been nice.

                  Second, the sushi. Overall, the quality of the sushi was pretty good. I think a less than sushi taro, but actually pretty good. Please avoid the "special rolls". They are priced outrageously. $15-18 is not a good deal. We got one roll with lobster, asparagus, beef, herbs and mushrooms and it was terrible. the beer completely overwhelemd eveything. For $18 it was terrible. We got three other rolls, spicey tuna, philadelphia and a crab with tuna and advocado and they all three were very good.

                  I live on the Hill so i really do cheer for all Hill places and 8th Street really is an interesting place, but Jordans 8 needs some work before I go again.

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                  1. re: 31cricketagee

                    Was the special roll with beer or beef? I was confused by your post...but either sounds weird/interesting to me! :)

                    It's too bad that this place is getting only so-so reviews. Maybe its the curse of that spot.