I ate at the Sushi Damo restaurant in the new Rockville downtown center yesterday. The place is attractive, with one exception. There is an enormous Japanese flag along the far wall that cannot fail to cause some of us who lost relatives in the Pacific to whince.
The food for the price is disappointing. The shashimi lunch is $15.50 and one gets about 7 small pieces of fish. The restaurant charges $2.50 for a tea and $7.50 for a small sake. My partner and I did not get good responses on refilling either the water or the tea. In general, the service and presentation are ordinary and not up to the prices. During the hour or so we spent there at lunch (on a Thursday at noon) we saw only about 4 tables occupied. It is hard to imagine the place lasting.
If you want a great Japanese restaurant in the area, one that has been in operation at least 3 years, try Ziki's in Gaithersburg, at the corner of 370 and Fields Road. The sushi is the best in the entire Washington Metropolitan Area, all the food is well-priced - and there are ample choices, and the service and management are considerate and quite friendly. Most, if not all, customers return. The bar features happy hour during the week, with extremely low bar tabs on the well-made drinks.