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Best sushi with a little bit of scene?

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mimi777 Oct 8, 2007 11:14 AM

Where is the best place to get sushi, but that also has a pretty upscale & good scene? I realize the two don't always go together, but while the quality of the sushi is very important, I need a great "Saturday night" place to go out & take a friend.

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    DCLindsey RE: mimi777 Oct 8, 2007 12:12 PM

    I have a friend that craves a similar combo, and we always end up at Perry's in Adams Morgan. The first time we went I was totally confused how a place called Perry's would have sushi, and their website (at least when I've looked) seems to be more "fresh" than "sushi". But the 2 times I've been there, the food was pretty good and afterwards we went to the rooftop bar. They have a few couches you can sit at with tables in between, which was fun (though the spill factor seemed high).

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      elegantelliot RE: DCLindsey Oct 8, 2007 12:16 PM

      its pretty slim pickens for anything like that in DC. I wouldnt suggest Perry's, the sushi is not very good and the service stinks. The only time is decent is on a nice night you can sit on the roof and eat. Mei n Yu is great asian inspired food with very hip scene, but its not sushi. Kaz or Sushi Ko are probably the best sushi places, but neither is much of a scene.

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        elegantelliot RE: elegantelliot Oct 8, 2007 12:54 PM

        what about Cafe Asia? http://www.cafeasia.com/

        its a pretty cool spot. its not very upscale but on a saturday night it will definitely be a pretty good scene.

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          ktmoomau RE: elegantelliot Oct 8, 2007 01:38 PM

          Agreed on Cafe Asia being a bit sceney, at least the one in Rosslyn.

          Also I have never been to this place, but by the Georgetown movie theatre is a really sceney looking lounge/restaurant type of place I heard it has sushi? I don't know the name or if it is good, but perhaps someone knows something about it?

          Also does the new place on 18th have sushi Plum something? Since it is new it may be sceney.

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            caphil07 RE: ktmoomau Oct 8, 2007 01:44 PM

            I've been to the place near the Georgetown movie theater but I can't remember the name of it. It was about a year ago when I was there for drinks and sushi. If you are looking for scene it is definitely a place to check out. It's a bit pricey as you may expect but the drinks were good, and the sushi was ok as well, but it definitely focuses on flash before quality of food.

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              elegantelliot RE: caphil07 Oct 8, 2007 01:52 PM

              i think its called Mate?? www.matelounge.com

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                ktmoomau RE: elegantelliot Oct 8, 2007 06:50 PM

                Yeah, I think that is it, the lighting is just incredible, makes me want to go like a moth to a flame, but I am always running late to movies in G-town then I am never hungry by the time they get out.

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          mselectra RE: elegantelliot Oct 10, 2007 12:00 PM

          I didn't think I had enough of a taste for sushi to care if Perry's wasn't that good -- then I went, and I really thought it was awful, at least the sushi/Asian side of the menu. And way too much money for bad food. It's a shame, because it could be just what you're looking for. The roof is a great setting, and the bar food looked fine. I'd be willing to order off the other side of the menu. But not the sushi.

          If you do go, I'd be curious if you have the same experience -- I mean, it was pretty crowded, so apparently not everyone agrees with me.

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        katecm RE: mimi777 Oct 8, 2007 02:53 PM

        For sushi with a scene, I'd recommend Oya. They have a good selection of rolls, plus a full menu if you want something different.

        They also do a great happy hour that involves deals on drinks AND sushi, and it goes until 8.

        Sushi Ko is opening a new location in Friendship Heights soon. It looks like it's going to be quite a bit larger and have a good-sized bar, so that might be on the horizon for you as well.

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          elegantelliot RE: katecm Oct 8, 2007 03:00 PM

          i have heard nothing good about the sushi at Oya

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            katecm RE: elegantelliot Oct 9, 2007 07:19 AM

            Now you have! It's not at all traditinal, but I think it's not bad, and as I said, the poster is looking for a scene. Can't get more of a scene than Oya.

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              Elyssa RE: elegantelliot Oct 9, 2007 12:21 PM

              I didn't get a full sushi dinner at Oya but instead got a crunchy shrimp roll for an appetizer. I thought it was quite good. The rest of the meal was surprisingly good as well. And there certainly is a scene there. I enjoyed my experience. Of course I was there for their 3-course dinner deal. Not sure if I would pay full price there...but still good sushi rolls.

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            spider RE: mimi777 Oct 9, 2007 11:32 AM

            I would agree with recommending Oya. We recently had a foodie friend in from out of town and his new girlfriend is on a raw food diet. We went to Oya thinking we would all be satisfied, and we were. I was not expecting much more than a scene, but the sushi was quite good, as were many of the small plates. And it certainly has much more ambiance than most of the sushi places in DC.
            I've never actually eaten the sushi at Saki Club, but it is attractive.

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              j fish 44 RE: spider Oct 9, 2007 11:43 AM

              I think Oya is lovely--be sure to try the cocktails too. it's the best scene for sushi, I think. I haven't had the sushi at Mate, but I don't recommend it, in general. It's really a sad looking place--looks cool from the outside, but inside, no one smiles...

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                elegantelliot RE: j fish 44 Oct 10, 2007 11:38 AM

                you guys sold me, i have a reservation at Oya this weekend :) you never know until you try it yourself!

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              jmr61077 RE: mimi777 Oct 9, 2007 12:41 PM

              have you tried sake club on Connecticut? Its upscale and definitely has a scene. THe sushi was pretty good and they have a good selection of sakes. Its a unique dining experience. http://www.sakeclub.net/

              1. fishie RE: mimi777 Oct 9, 2007 12:51 PM

                Perry's or Sake club is where I always end up....There is also Take in Bethesda.

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                  elegantelliot RE: fishie Oct 9, 2007 01:15 PM

                  wow, its amazing how different people can have such hugely differing opinions. I found the sushi at both Sake Club and Perrys to be barely edible at times. At Sake Club i had to send back freakin edamame, i mean how do you mess that up??

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                  Minger RE: mimi777 Oct 10, 2007 12:06 PM

                  mate is a scene for georgetown elites. cafe asia is a lot more egalitarian -- not to mention much bigger.

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