Shaw’s annual Cherry Blossom Pub has a new pop-up competitor on the horizon. The Wharf’s six-month-old La Vie is about to unveil its own ode to D.C.’s pink-hued flowers, while simultaneously previewing dishes at its new sister sushi restaurant sliding in below.
The temporary Cherry Blossom Terrace installation will sit on La Vie’s penthouse, perched high above the iconic blooming action along the Potomac River (88 District Square SW). The pop-up kicks off Tuesday, March 19, and runs through Saturday, April 20.
The cavernous Mediterranean restaurant, which is working to reverse its zero-star reputation via newly named chefs and menus, is currently building out a 3,600-square-foot sushi oasis one floor below. Tabu, about half the size as La Vie, will be manned by chef Nobu Yamazaki (Michelin-starred Sushi Taro).
Yamazaki plans to unite Polynesian and Japanese techniques at Tabu, which will serve lunch and dinner. Under Yamazaki’s watch, traditional Japanese street sandwiches get an upscale twist.
A floral-themed cocktail menu from La Vie drinks director Chad Cortner will be heavy on Japanese spirits and ingredients. Cocktails include 88 Temples (Santori whiskey, wild cherry blossom tea, peach and lemon); Kiwi Do You Love Me (pisco, key lime, kiwi, and mint); and Shoki Dreams of Honey (vodka, kumquat, honey and prosecco). Drinks are $12-$15.
The pop-up is scheduled to run Monday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
An entrance fee of $15 per person includes one beverage.
The future sushi destination, the brainchild of La Vie’s Naeem Mohd (also behind Bar Bao, Pamplona, Provision No. 14), is expected to capitalize on its scenic views with waterfront-facing booths and banquettes lining the perimeter of the space. An opening date has not yet been announced.
Across town at Shaw’s annual tribute to D.C.’s short pink flower season, currently running through Sunday, April 21 (1843 7th Street NW), Drink Company roped in ramen this year to accompany its ornate floral setup.