Bitez – Handover and King’s Ransom Debut in Old Town

Chef Melvin Urrutia (The People’s Drug) oversee a rotating menu of temaki and sashimi. Beverage directorJon Schott (People's Drug) commands the bar.

Alexandria, VA – The Handover and King’s Ransom have opened at 728 King Street. They offer downstairs dining with handrolls and sashimi in a bright, white space, and upstairs features a cocktail bar.

The temaki and sushi bar at Handover Photo credit: Josefa Gonzales

Temaki, or handrolls, are assembled by the chef and handed over the long and skinny sushi bar to the diner for the freshest bites. Temaki choices include selections like avocado miso, spicy tuna, Hamachi, shrimp tempura, shiitake yamagobo (Japanese pickled burdock root), oshinko (made from pickled daikon), bulgogi steak and a daily chef’s special.

Handover sushi Photo credit: Josefa Gonzales

King’s Ransom continues the heritage of PX with the look and feel of a speakeasy. Beverage director Jon Schott’s (of People’s Drug fame) menu focuses on Japanese whiskeys and rare spirits. The bar features Virginia’s only Toki Highball Machine. The machine gives whiskeys a water bath, chilling them while producing a water with three times the carbonation of champagne, providing a unique effervescence to all highball cocktails. Specialty highballs will rotate with the seasons. “The most important thing to know about hand rolls is that they are best enjoyed the moment they are made [when] the nori is at its most crisp, the ingredients are at their freshest, and the rice is still fluffy,” the sign in the window to the restaurant said. “The Handover is designed as it is. No matter how many rolls you order, each one is delivered to you immediately by the hand that made it.”

#TheHandover  #KingsRansom