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Nov 1, 2001 12:42 PM

Japanese Food Sources in DC area?

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This may be a bit off-topic, but does anyone know of a good source for Japanese cooking ingredients in the DC area? All the places I used to know about years ago--like New Wave Seafood in Baileys Crossroads, Mikado in NW DC, and Daruma in Rockville, seem to be gone. The Lotte chain has some of the requisites, but no fresh sushi-quality seafood. Any suggestions?

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  1. Fresh Fields carries sushi grade fish.

    1. Daruma now exists in Bethesda, corner of Bradley Blvd. and Arlington Rd., in the same shopping center as CVS.
      There's also a little Japanese grocery/sushi bar on St. Elmo, near the corner of Old Georgetown, can't remember the name.


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      1. re: Susan

        The place you're thinking of is Hinata Japanese Grocery.

        1. re: Gina

          Thank you, you're right. Hinata has the nicest little sushi special, $7.50 ($7.95?)chef's choice. I haven't had it for a while, but last time it was marvelously fresh.

      2. Oooh, please don't tell me that Lotte has no sushi-edible fish, because I went yesterday for the first time (to the one off Rockville Pike, recommended by the sushi chef at Uni's) and got, among other things, raw tuna that was sold to me as sushi-worthy and certainly tasted good enough. They also had salmon and I think some other things that they were selling for sushi.

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        1. re: Sam Heldman

          I only have been to the Lotte in Falls Church, and the fish there (I was also there yesterday) was DEFINITELY not sushi-quality. It would not surprise me to find out that the two stores have different selections, though, so don't let me put you off your fish. I ended up discovering Daruma in Bethesda yesterday and bought the uni and tuna I was looking for--both very fresh-looking, but not cheap, despite their 15% off sale this week.

        2. You might also want to try Han Ah Reum (in Merrifield, Virginia, and Wheaton, Maryland) and Korean Korner (in Wheaton, Maryland).

          1. You might want to try NANIWA FOOD, located in McLean, Virginia. It can get rather expensive but it's authentic. NANIWA 6730 Curran Street, McLean, VA 22101 See Map! Contact (I hope these phone numbers are current.) TEL: (703) 893-7209 FAX: (703) 893-6281 E-mail: