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Jan 16, 2008 11:52 AM

Has anyone been to Takumi?

I'm going to Takumi (Magazine @ Washington) on Thursday night admittadly for free sake as it is Ladies Night, but I was checking out their menu and am intrigued. Just curious if anyone has been there, and if so, what did you think of the food? Thanks for the input! :)

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  1. Haven't been, only have secondhand reports. One person raved, but he's more dazzled by appearance than by food. Others were underwhelmed by the quality of the sushi. Please post a report!

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      The rap on it is that it's VERY overpriced for mundane quality. I'm not a sushi kinda guy, so I don't know. But every time I pass the place (driving or walking) it's an echo chamber -- no one's there.

      ....not good for a high-dollar, white-linen place.

      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        Wow! Can't believe its been a month since I posted; I meant to reply sooner, but Mardi Gras "season" and NBA stuff had me doin too much OT! -911 is a popular # ;)
        Anyhow, they advertise open till 0200, and we showed up about 0015. The door wasn't locked, but they told us they had closed early for lack of business- perfectly understandable, especially for a new place. (Maybe they should amend their enticing 1/2 pg ad in the Gambit, though.) The manager was very gracious, but was firm about no food being available. There were about 6 people @ the bar (unk if staff in their civilian cloths or just friends), so we asked if we could get 1 round of saki (2 men, 2 women). At first he said no, but I begged a little, and he gave in. @ this point I didn't even expect to take advantage of the Ladies Night special, but when we went to pay, he didn't charge us @ all! Then the bartender even poured us a second round. Now maybe they had already Z'd out, who knows, but I like to think that they were just very nice. We gave many thanks and, yes, tipped very well. [Seen too many posts on that topic lately! :)]
        So... after all that, the point is I never got to try the food. The other posts don't sound promising, but I'm still gonna give 'em a shot when I get the chance. Oh, and their "well" saki was pretty tasty.

        1. re: TxAgEMTP92

          We went when a week or so after they opened. It's a pretty place, but it was sort of weird because of the techno they were playing. I guess they were going for a club feel, but they couldn't quite pull it off. Anyway, it was expensive compared to other joints. I think nigiri yellowtail was around 7.00 when the going rate seems to be around 5.00. And no, it wasn't that much better or bigger than yellowtail you'd get elsewhere. We did get the tuna carpaccio appetizer which was spectacular. I mean it, that dish really was good. Everything else seemed pretty standard which was bad considering the price. I predict they won't be there too much longer with sake cafe and raw opening up right across the street.

          1. re: N.O.Food

            speaking of raw, is it ever gonna open? or is it currently open? just seems like it sits there or something.

            1. re: Troika

              good question. they've been there a long time with nothing doing.

              1. re: N.O.Food

                I went by last weekend to check again. Nothing. Tax shelter?

      2. I had a poor experience, but I'd love to hear that it was an anomaly. Please let us know how it went?

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        1. re: Robert Peyton

          It's definitely Americanized sushi - think of crawfish "salad" wrapped up in soy paper. It's okay, but it's not sushi by any traditional standards on any level. It's a more like a thin wrap sandwich than it is like sushi. We've been lucky inasmuch as our rolls are always good and taste fresh, but word of warning - the snowcrab is crab stick. My husband cannot stand that stuff. Also, the rolls are huge and very filling. But for big sloppy American inspired rolls, they tend to hold together well and I can eat them gracefully with chopsticks. What I don't get is the French bread.

          1. re: grlwprls

            I think it is supposed to be a fusion restaurant - not strictly Japanese.

        2. We were very disappointed. First they refused to make a vegetarian dish - I have not encountered such a refusal at any other japanese restaurant in town. Either they have veggie offerings or they will accommodate. Not Takumi. We were one of two tables in there, but the chef refused. Any restaurant that claims to be 'upscale' should be able to produce a vegetarian dish, especially provided that they DO have tofu on the menu. So we ordered rolls - my companion eats meat so tried a wider variety of the offerings but both of us found the servings small and unimpressive in taste. We are forgiving patrons, but have no forgiveness for this place. It was a bad experience from start to finish and we would not go back or recommend that anyone go. There are great places to go for Japanese in the city, no reason to spend extra to go here and get less all around.