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Sushi Ko - Chevy Chase

Jax23 Dec 29, 2007 09:38 AM

Does anyone know if it's open yet?

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    reiflame Aug 19, 2008 08:49 AM

    Sushi Ko's website isn't up yet. Would it be reasonable to expect to get out for around $60 per person after tax/tip?

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    1. re: reiflame
      bin22 Aug 19, 2008 03:46 PM

      Their website is down, but I don't think they ever had prices on it.

      If you don't include drinks, $60/person is reasonable. Last time I went, I believe the cost was around that.

      1. re: reiflame
        Ericandblueboy Aug 19, 2008 05:39 PM

        I haven't been to Sushi Ko in years but dinner for one costs $50 (+20% tip = $60)? I live by Tachibana so that's where I usually go for sushi. What are you getting for $50?

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        dacwdc Apr 3, 2008 12:21 PM

        Lunch there today - the drama free report is;
        Did the lunch special - $16 for what I consider to be a LOT of food. Good value.
        Miso soup - didn't care for it, flavor was too subtle. (ie, watery)
        Seaweed salad - flavors were very good - but too much dressing.
        Sashimi plate - FRESH - very-very fresh tasting. Served tuna and salmon.
        Sushi plate - again, very good fresh flavors and good assortment. I don't know what some of the fish were along w/ the spicy tuna roll - but they were delicious.

        Service needs work. No one was rude or seemed indifferent to service. It is just not smooth. My lunch partners second plate (he also had the special) came out right after they cleared the soup and salad. He had a tempura plate at that point. My sashimi plate took about 8 minutes longer. It got awkward. The staff seemed to know (I think) because they all huddled around the guys cutting the fish (is there a term for them?) waiting and waiting and looking at me. No apology when they brought the plate. Still, as I said, no one was rude.

        Would I go back? Absolutely.

        I did talk to the owner a bit before lunch. Very nice fella and I hope the place does well. It's the first one he's opened.

        NOTE: No carry-out yet which must be killing them. As I waited for my friend at least 12 folks stopped in to place a carry-out order and I think they said they don't have a license yet.

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        1. re: dacwdc
          beauxgoris Apr 7, 2008 10:58 AM

          ^^Thanks for your review - sounds encouraging. I think we're going to try to go for dinner this week!

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          frenchglobetrotter Mar 23, 2008 12:07 PM

          It opend last Friday (March 22), my friends went.. still some "openng pains" but very good.

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          1. re: frenchglobetrotter
            beauxgoris Mar 24, 2008 02:37 PM

            So they're officially open now?

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            gyozagirl Mar 21, 2008 06:20 AM


            Just saw this in my Inbox... hope this means they're actually open!

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              drewster420 Mar 16, 2008 06:52 PM

              I had dinner at Sushi-Ko in Glover Park and spoke with David, Co-owner/Mgr, he said they are doing a soft-opening this week, probably Tuesday. He didn't say what day will be open to public. He said they are trying to get the main seafood order in sometime this week. I would say sometime this week...let's hope!

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              1. re: drewster420
                Jeserf Mar 17, 2008 06:33 AM

                Wow - it doesn't look ready, but maybe I'll walk by tonight after the gym and see.

                Any idea of the menu?

                I don't eat fish, but most people do, so if they have some options it'd be nice to give that option to people when eating in the neighborhood....

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                Jeserf Jan 3, 2008 05:39 AM

                updated: walked by yesterday and the same boxes are in the window, the place looks untouched.

                i hope it opens. I don't even eat sushi, but I like when restaurants open near where I live!

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                1. re: Jeserf
                  katecm Jan 3, 2008 05:41 AM

                  Plus the lounge looks fab, and it's always nice to have a new bar in the 'hood.

                  1. re: katecm
                    Jeserf Jan 3, 2008 06:03 AM

                    ...with montgomery county's rules. heh

                    1. re: Jeserf
                      beauxgoris Jan 13, 2008 03:35 PM

                      I can't wait for this to open. Sushi-Ko georgetown is one of our regular spots - however this location would be much more convient. Hope it's just as good as their sister restaurant.

                      1. re: beauxgoris
                        beauxgoris Jan 21, 2008 09:26 PM

                        When oh when is this going to open? Does anyone know.

                        1. re: beauxgoris
                          MartyL Jan 21, 2008 10:02 PM

                          When I asked him last week, Koji T. indicated that they were shooting for the beginning of March.

                          1. re: MartyL
                            Jeserf Jan 22, 2008 06:42 AM

                            wow - that's a while, considering the place already looks done, save for those boxes that never get moved.

                            i wonder if they're having financing/licensing issues?

                            c'est la vie - i hope other restaurants open soon. Lia's is great and all, but variety is the spice of life!

                            1. re: Jeserf
                              foodielovetoeat Feb 4, 2008 03:36 PM

                              This is one of our favorite restaurants and I can't wait for it to open. I had a GREAT dinner at Sushi Ko in Gtown this past Saturday night. (I asked Koji to prepare omikase for two and it was out of this world and not too $$$$). It sounded like the county has slow with permits, but they hope to open in February. Can't wait... it will be so convenient.

                              1. re: foodielovetoeat
                                ganacher Feb 6, 2008 10:39 AM

                                I'm in the neighborhood, too, and the anticipation is running high. With all this waiting, though, my expectations are getting unrealistically high.

                                1. re: ganacher
                                  Jeserf Feb 7, 2008 06:01 AM

                                  I walked by yesterday. Nada.

                                  And I don't even eat Sushi, it's just annoying. At least it's less annoying than that designer clothing store that was "opening in fall 2007". heh

                                  1. re: Jeserf
                                    ganacher Feb 11, 2008 12:07 PM

                                    Nanette Lepore, right? What's holding her up? The Whole Foods is coming along nicely, though.

                                    1. re: ganacher
                                      jasminetea Mar 16, 2008 09:15 AM

                                      Any word if it's open now?

                                      1. re: ganacher
                                        Jeserf Mar 16, 2008 05:11 PM

                                        I have NO idea (I also have no idea why we need a Nanette Lepore. Seriously?) but it's annoying because it's perfectly good retail space!

                                        And no, Sushi Ko isn't open as of the other day I walked by, but there seems to be stuff going on in there - people, hiring, licensing. But no idea of the opening date.

                                        Yeah, Whole Foods is coming along. It'll be AWESOME for traffic in the area, but then again, having just returned from the WF on River Road, I hope the produce is a bit fresher...but I won't hold my breath.

                                        Any word on the "upscale mexican" that's supposedly coming in? There needs to be updates for the neighborhood - all of us who put up with the construction every. single. day. Like a little "preview"!

                                        (I live across the street, and the Whole Foods, while nice when it's finished, is terrible to deal with)

                                        1. re: Jeserf
                                          ganacher Mar 17, 2008 02:38 PM

                                          I was at the River WF yesterday too! Tenley seems to have better produce, including those Champagne mangos on sale.

                                          I hear ya on the parking and general congestion...the noise must be a nightmare.

                                          Glad there's some movement on Sushi-Ko -- feed us already!

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                    katecm Jan 2, 2008 09:21 AM

                    As of last night, it is not yet complete. The furniture looks mostly done, but nothing has been set up, like the bar. Still a lot of boxes. Should be soon, though.

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                    1. re: katecm
                      Jeserf Jan 2, 2008 09:29 AM

                      it's looked that way for a while....at least since well before christmas...

                      1. re: Jeserf
                        katecm Jan 2, 2008 10:01 AM

                        Yup. Still not open. I anxiously check each time I walk to Giant.

                        1. re: katecm
                          elegantelliot Jan 2, 2008 11:29 AM

                          have you guys been to Sushi Damo in Rockville yet? i am a fan of sushi ko and am very excited about the new location. but i have been to sushi damo 3 or so times in the past few weeks and it is quickly moving to the top omy list. the rolls are very inventive and delicious and the fish is very fresh. definitley worth checking out!

                          1. re: elegantelliot
                            DanielK Jan 2, 2008 12:10 PM

                            As I said in another topic, I thought the menu at Sushi Damo looked substantially more expensive than other good sushi in Rockville (namely Niwano Hana and Momo Taro.) Is it that much better to justify the price premium?

                            1. re: DanielK
                              elegantelliot Jan 2, 2008 12:54 PM

                              i honestly cant say. I have never been to either place you mentioned. I live in Bethesda and i tend to go to Tako Grill and Raku, and i think the prices are fairly comparable. I wouldnt be surprised if its a little more though, its not like a neighborhood sushi joint, its a little more trendy. the rolls on their menu that are like $15 are gigantic, like 10 pieces per roll or so. One of them is very filling.

                            2. re: elegantelliot
                              kallisti Jan 2, 2008 03:52 PM

                              I have been to sushi damo and reviewed it in the thread located here (second post from the bottom right now): http://www.chowhound.com/topics/177822. IMO it is tasty and trendy-looking, but kind of overpriced, and Niwano Hana is definitely similar quality for better value. I haven't been fond of Tako Grill the couple times I've been, and when I went to the Raku in Dupont, I was extremely disappointed with their sushi, though I can't say anything about the one in Bethesda.

                              That said, I had no idea Sushi Ko was opening up a new location. The one time I went, I liked it, so I look forward to visiting the Bethesda one.

                              1. re: kallisti
                                elegantelliot Jan 4, 2008 06:45 AM

                                you cant compare the raku in dupont to the raku in bethesda, they are worlds apart.

                                1. re: elegantelliot
                                  kallisti Jan 4, 2008 05:27 PM

                                  I'm glad to hear that! So it's worth going to the one in Bethesda?

                                  1. re: kallisti
                                    elegantelliot Jan 7, 2008 07:26 AM

                                    i would definitely say so. the one in bethesda was just in the top 100 restautants in the washingtionian.

                                    1. re: elegantelliot
                                      Bonz Jan 7, 2008 10:29 AM

                                      Agreed. It took a lot of arm twisting to get me into the Bethesda Raku after I had suffered trough a meal at the one in Dup Circle. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the Bethesda operation was -- a whole different restaurant, hard to call them branches of each other.

                                      1. re: Bonz
                                        katecm Jan 7, 2008 12:07 PM

                                        I believe they have different owners.

                                        1. re: katecm
                                          MarcDC Jan 22, 2008 11:38 AM

                                          I will also throw in a nod of approval to the Bethesda Raku. It is very good and FAR better than it's Dupont counterpart.

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                        Pappy Jan 2, 2008 05:29 AM

                        Where exactly? Wisc Ave? Landmark?

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                        1. re: Pappy
                          Jeserf Jan 2, 2008 05:37 AM

                          right next to Giant/Papyrus/Chevy Chase Bank in I believe what they're calling "Wisconsin Circle"

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                            GregJ Jan 2, 2008 09:09 AM

                            The entrance looks out on the Giant parking lot; I don't know if it has a "Wisconsin Circle" address or not. Businesses that do have that address include Potomac Pizza and a Montgomery County liquor storeg.

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                          alpike1 Dec 31, 2007 10:19 AM

                          Not yet...I haven't seen anything going on in there for weeks now...

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                          1. re: alpike1
                            Jeserf Dec 31, 2007 10:52 AM

                            which is odd because Bethesda magazine says it opened already

                            But, I haven't seen anything going on there in a while, either.

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