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Best Sushi in NoVa

I have a new favorite: Momo Sushi & Cafe on Queen Street. Everything was super fresh. Their rolls were especially tasty. SO liked the St. Thomas roll (spicy tuna and the whole thing tempura-fried) Their nigiri was wonderful, tamago was a little thin though and I don't think they give you miso soup and salad gratis like other places, but wow -- their fish! And it didn't cost an arm and a leg!
Distant second place: Bonsai Grill on 23rd in Crystal City - Inconsistent, but when they have good stuff, they really shine. I think the switch in management/ownership caused the decline in quality.
Honorable mentions: Osaka in this random stripmall next to Springfield Mall
(don't laugh) Matsutake in the DCA Airport. (Service was excellent, and they have had the freshest uni I've had in the DC Area)

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  1. I've been hearing consistently good things about Momo. I have to fess up and say I'm about as adventurous as a California Roll, but I'd love to patronize a local place that has good tempura etc...
    What else have you tried? Do they have cooked/ non sushi offerings?

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    1. re: monavano

      I had their Boston roll which is shrimp and cucumber. And they have an Old Town Roll which has cooked crabmeat, seasoned with Old Bay!!

      1. re: anhdeluxe

        Thanks for the tip on this place...though I will advise you if you haven't had something akin to the "Old Town roll" before, I usually find them disappointing even though they sound like they might be good. Many Baltimore area sushi places do these (crab meat and Old Bay, go figure), in fact my girlfriend ordered one at Nick's in Cross Street Market this weekend despite my efforts to steer her away, and she didn't like it much.

      2. re: monavano

        Thanks for recommending Momo. We went there tonight for dinner and was wowed by their sushi. For us, it's almost as good as our #1 favorite, Tachibana (in McLean). The place is small, but has warm and welcoming atmosphere. The staffs & service are great. All in all, a great find :)

        Here we ordered (from left to right and top to bottom): Otoro, Amaebi, Trio Amigos, and Spicy crunch roll with Yellowfin.

      3. Where is Queen St? We just tried Osaka. It was okay, the best in that immediate area that we've tried and they have that half price lunch special. The people were really nice as we walked in, kind of felt like Norm in Cheers as they all said hello. My favorite so far is Arigato near Expo Design Center in Fairfax. If it weren't so far, I'd be there all the time.

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        1. re: chowser

          Old Town Alexandria, about a block or two up from the river.

        2. I like Akasaka better than Osaka in the Springfield/Alexandria area. I have liked Yama sushi in Vienna as well (although haven't been in a while).

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          1. re: baconjen

            I haven't been to Akasaka in long time but I did like it better than Osaka. But, Osaka is a 15 minute drive for us and Akasaka is 15 minutes farther than that. Though, I wouldn't drive 15 minutes for Osaka but if I were in the area, I'd stop by. If I were going 25 minutes, I'd just go to Arigato.

          2. Asahi Kaiten in the Ballston Mall is my favorite in the area. I was initially wary of the place due is to its location but I was attracted to it because it was so immaculate. I was immediately impressed with the quality and creativity of the sushi and rolls etc. It has become my go-to for sushi as they always have the freshest uni and they take so much pride in their sushi preparation. Their tuna tartar (with chucks of avacado and apple) is one of my favorite dishes around.

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            1. re: JAC13

              I love kaiten sushi! my fave in DC is Sushi Go Round at Gallery Place-Chinatown. They have good cooked dishes and I like their foofy drinks. A good place for a girls night out -- then you can go to the movies or whatever after. Was disappointed by Wasabi off of 17th street.

            2. If you're this close, the best sushi isn't in NoVa, it's in DuPont Circle/Logan Circle at Sushi Taro. Don't short yourself on quality for a few miles.

              1. I love Sushi Zen in the strip mall where Harris Teeter is in Falls Church. It is very good always fresh, very good miso, and very creative rolls.

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                1. re: ktmoomau

                  Agree with you completely, except for one thing: it's in Arlington, corner of Lee Hwy and Harrison St. The only negative I have is sometimes they let the fish get too cold, so that it's a bit icy in texture. (Love the dressing on the salads, too.)

                  1. re: Gonzocook

                    That dressing is so good!!! They should sell it.. I know it is a combination of carrot ginger and something else I can't put my finger on, but it is addicting. And the owners are so nice too, they are really great.

                2. In DC: I enjoy the freshness of Thai Chef in Dupont. It's also nice to sit "outside" when they open the front glass windows. And for a pre-movie snack, someone above also mentioned Sushi Go Round at Gallery Place Chinatown. They have creative concoctions on the revolving belt, many drizzled with wasabi mayonnaise, yumm...

                  1. Our fave is Matuba on Columbia Pike near Walter Reed Drive in Arlington. Their fish tastes especially fresh and delicious on the weekends and it is very reasonably priced.

                    1. Looking for lunch in Old Town on Columbus Day yesterday. Hank's Oyster House? Closed. Majestic? Closed. Then I remembered someone recommending Momo Sushi. Excellent sashimi, friendly service, and they have Orion beer! So difficult to find decent beer in a sushi place that isn't brewed in Los Angeles or Toronto. Struck up a conversation with the chef, and he gave us two complimentary spicy tuna with wasabi mayo roll. Tight little place, but cozy. Momo's my new go-to place for sushi. Definitely will be back for the tempura and udon.

                      1. Sushi Yama off 123 in Vienna is super fresh, and super friendly..they do a great job

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                        1. re: tthumpern

                          You are correct, sir. Sushi Yama is great, fresh, fun, and well priced. There's another place in Vienna called Sweet Ginger, which is a few blocks up on 123 towards Tyson's. Great, great spicy rolls. Almost the size of hambugers. Also has a fun, eclectic pan-Asian menu for non-sushi eaters. Sweet Ginger is in the That's Amore shopping center.

                        2. Wow, a thread entitled "Best Sushi in NoVa" and no mention of Tachibana? I'm stunned!

                          I agree with the comments about Akasaka (my favorite palindromatic restaurant name), and I think it's the best sushi restaurant within a 5-mile radius. I've eaten at Matsutake in National Airport a few times and I was disappointed by some of the quality and sizes of portions. I will definitely try the place next to Springfield Mall, because I've been avoiding it since it was next to Springfield Mall. Not far away, just across 395 on Backlick Road, is Tokyo Inn, with surprisingly good sushi.

                          And the Korean sushi at Yoko in Oakton and Mikaku Sushi Taro in Herndon (actually closer to Chantilly) are incredibly good.

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                          1. re: BigEats

                            There's a Yoko in Herndon too (on Elden St. of course) -- very good and very family-friendly too.

                            1. re: BigEats

                              We've gone to Osaka on and off whenever we're near the Springfield Mall... it's consistent and decent, but it's nothing I'd go out of my way for either. Give it a try.

                              Near my office on King St in Old Town Alexandria there are three sushi places within a block: Flying Fish (http://www.flyingfishdc.com/), Asian Bistro (http://www.abistro.com), and Bumblefish (http://www.bumblefishsushi.com/)... in descending order of price. :) I've had great food at all three places (although Asian Bistro's freshness can sometimes be hit or miss).

                              Bumblefish is basically a take-out lunch place, but I think their CONCEPT is so fresh and fun that I like going there. I went late one day and the manager kindly directed me to the fresher fish. I'm always grateful when people are honest about their offerings.

                              In DC, I agree with the above poster about Thai Chef... but a newcomer is Banana Leaves right in the same area (http://www.mybananaleaves.com/). Their sushi has been excellent the last few times I went. Their service can be downright glacial, though.