From District's website:
"DISTRICT blends sleek and sexy design with modern and authentic Japanese cuisine. The result is a tempting and tantalizing fusion of sophistication and flavour in an elegant yet intimate lounge like setting."
OK. That sentence does not clarify anything for me as I was still confused after reading it. So many fancy words jumbled up together. I was particularly perplexed about the restaurant being "modern" AND "authentic" but ALSO "fusion" O_o
Although I sound pretty weary of District, I'm gonna let you know, right of the bat, that I was pleasantly surprised by their quality of food, presentation, and decor. However, I still can't say I totally agree on the "authentic" part - not that I'm a Japanese food connoisseur or anything, but I'm pretty sure that some of the items I ordered that night were not "authentic" Japanese dishes but were more so "fusion".
I got to District at 5:30pm and was the first customer there. Actually, the entire Riverside area was very quiet.
There's absolutely no indication whatsoever that District is a Japanese restaurant (or forgive me, "Bistro") by its decor. Nothing at all screams "Japanese" to me. The restaurant was very narrow; what you see is what you get, basically a row of tables on the left and a big bar on the right. The bar is very beautiful with the wood and mirror on the wall. The blue lighting beneath the bar is also pretty neat.