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Jul 19, 2007 07:02 AM

Best sushi in D.C.?

New to the area and am looking for some sushi ideas - doesn't matter which part of town it's in.


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  1. There are quite a few threads on this already.

    But my personal favorite is Sakana on P St. in Dupont Circle. I eat here at least once a week. It's not expensive at all and while its not as fancy as some of the other spots its perfect for a neighborhood sushi spot. The staff is friendly and I literally wake up craving some days their Sakana Tempora Roll. It's the stuff that sushi dreams are made of!

    It's a small spot but they also have a few tables outside during the warmer months. You should certainly check it out!

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Sakana is sub-par sushi. The best in DC is Makoto, but it is very pricy. Sushi Taro is 2nd best, about half the price as Makoto. Kotobuki (right above Makoto) is probably the best value in DC -- very inexpensive and exceedingly fresh. Kaz and Sushi Ko are very good, similar to Sushi Taro in quality and cost. Kaz is more innovative. In Dupont Area, after Sushi Taro, Uni is pretty good. Cafe Japonne is absolutely terrible. Sakana slightly better. Dupont could really use a place like Kotobuki -- simple, cheap, and very fresh. I love Sushi Taro but the wait is a killer and the prices (combined with the wait) make it a tough sell.

      Kotobuki would probably be my favorite restaurant in all of DC if it was located in Dupont/Adams Morgan. I'd probably eat there 3 nights a week.

      1. re: masonuc

        I would never call Sakana "sub-par." For a neighborhood sushi joint it is excellent!! I eat sushi at least once a week. I don't want to have to pay through the nose for it each time. The service is friendly, the sushi is fresh and tasty...especially the Sakana Tempura Roll (which is certainlly special. Never found anything like it anywhere else) and the price is perfect for a place that I go to regularly. I wouldn't say it's the BEST sushi restuarant in DC. I haven't tried enough and I'm sure some of the high end places are better. But it's where I prefer...especially for a close by, neighborhood spot.

        1. re: Elyssa

          What's so special about Sakana's Tempura Roll that's so unique?

          1. re: Ericandblueboy

            It's very overrated and not worth the trip to the place.

    2. I hope you're ready for a whole lot of responses. No two posters on this Board agree on this topic.

      For me, whenever Kazuhiro Okochi is working behind the sushi bar at Kaz Sushi Bistro on 19th and Eye, drop a $20 bill in the tip jar and say "omikase" and you'll have the best sushi experience in Washington DC. He's also one of the few trained sushi chefs who can do fugu....

      1. My vote is for Sushi Taro, at 17th & P. Fatty tuna to die for!

        1. I agree with BigEats - Kaz Sushi is great, and Kaz himself is very innovative. My mouth waters every time I think about the seared salmon belly or the lobster salad. That said, I'm not crazy about some of his sous-chefs (I don't know what one calls underling sushi chefs - sushi-sous?).

          Otherwise, if you're willing to travel to the 'burbs, Tachibana in McLean is outstanding. Not as creative as Kaz, but the fish is absolutely delicious.

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          1. re: FoodieGrrl

            Amen to Tachibana. I was going with the "in DC" theme, but I never pass through McLean without stopping in to Tachibana, and I've been going there for years -- starting when it was on Lee Highway in Arlington.

            OK, I was hesitating to do this, but Springfield has a surprising little sushi stop. I wanted to keep this little secret all to myself. It's called Tokyo Inn on Backlick Rd., and it has the typical cook-at-the-table Japanese steakhouse dining room. It's owned and run by Chinese people too. But I've rarely had better sushi -- the broiled eel is melt-in-your-mouth, the "white tuna" is a rare treat, and the sashimi is sized larger than most. Instead of the green plastic garnish, you get Asian mint, which is really a perfect accompaniment to a piece of sashimi. I'm tempted to erase this last paragraph because I want this place all to myself....

            1. re: FoodieGrrl

              Just came back from Kaz based on these endorsements and was extremely disappointed. Not that it was bad but just not exciting. Won't return.

            2. I'm a big fan of Kotobuki on MacArthur. Everything I've had there is great. Plus, it is CHEAP! Go for the uni at about $2 a piece and the monk fish liver for around $5. I've never had a long wait, but once you are seated, the meal can go fast. They like to rush a bit because the restaurant is so small.