Sushi + Vodka? The Czar says it's Okay

Who knew sushi and vodka went so well together? So it goes at Czar Ice Bar, a super sleek and modern bar in Buckhead that's equipped with 300 kinds of vodka, a bar completely made out of ice, and the perhaps the cutest, little Japanese sushi chef I've ever come across!

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Feeling cold? A little bit of vodka will warm you right up!

Feeling cold? A little bit of vodka will warm you right up!

Being that this place is almost like a vodka arsenal, it was only fitting that Ruben and I order a couple of vodka flights, which were presented to us in blocks of ice. Classy. Very classy.

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Fruit infused vodka!

Fruit infused vodka!

Russian Elite: Beluga, Imperia, Stolichnaya Elit, Zyr

Russian Elite: Beluga, Imperia, Stolichnaya Elit, Zyr

I absolutely loved the fruit infused vodka flight--the flavors were pleasant and the liquor was very easy to drink. Maybe a little too easy if you ask me. The Russian Elite flight, on the other hand, while very smooth, was not easy to put down. AT ALL. In the end, I realized that I'm much more of a rum and bourbon type of girl than a vodka girl. You know, something with a little more flavor to help the alcohol go down. That's not to say I didn't like the vodka flight--I'd take these over Grey Goose any day. In the meantime though, I let Ruben drink most of the Russian Elite flight.

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Sushi anyone?

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I know, I know what you're probably thinking--damn, these people eat a lot! And the truth is, we do! We really do. How we both don't weigh 600 pounds by now baffles me a little.

While Ruben and I ate, drank, and enjoyed each other's company, Chef Saito--Czar's sushi chef and perhaps the cutest, little old man who looks like he should be retired by now--would come to our table every now and then to see how we were doing, make small talk with us, recommend good sushi dishes, and always insist that Ruben dip the last piece of sushi in the sauce before taking our plates away, because "it's good stuff". As the night wore on, I couldn't help but wonder, isn't it a little bit past his bedtime?

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I'm not one to complain though. I'm glad Chef Saito was awake at that hour. His creations were quite inventive, original, and nothing like I've ever tasted in any other sushi restaurant. I just wished that the tuna in our sushi rolls was raw, not cooked! Whenever I see "spicy tuna" on a sushi menu, I always assume that it's going to be raw. Not at Czar Ice Bar, I guess. (Okay, so I guess I complained about something after all.) Aside from the cooked fish, everything else couldn't have been more perfect!

Have you been to Czar Ice Bar? What did you think of it?

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