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Feb 4, 2008 01:02 PM

Sushi Taro

This is the one that always seems to pop up whenever someone wants a recommendation for sushi. I've been asked to join a few folks there for dinner Saturday night - we worked together in Japan in 1970 and most of us haven't seen each other since then.

I was a sushi lover 35 years ago but I've pretty much lost my enthusiasm for it other than as a snack. Because of the nature and size of the group, I expect we'll have a table and not be suited at the sushi bar. Will I be embarrassed to eat anything else there (apparently they have other things). And how large a loan will I have to take out in order to eat there?

Is it best to leave the car at home and take Metro? If it's where I think it is, parking was difficult there 40 years ago and I don't imagine it's any easier now.

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  1. Sushi Taro is my go-to neighborhood sushi joint. I always go for rolls and nigiri (which are fresh and reasonably priced), but my boyfriend doesn't like sushi, and he's had good things to say about the tempura and the yakitori. Is it the best sushi I've ever had? Maybe not. Is it the best in DC? Probably not. But, for the price (I would classify it as "middle of the road" expensive--not el cheapo, but not like Sushi-Ko or Kaz), it's perfectly respectable. All of the visiting Japanese businessmen/dignitaries eat there when they're in town, so that's gotta mean something! As for parking, don't even bother--Metro to Dupont Circle (take the North or Q Street exit, which dumps you at Connecticut and, duh, Q) and take the short walk to 17th and P.

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    1. re: bettyjoan

      Parking? Sushi Taro used to offer free validated parking with the lot on P street across from them. Now they charge $3.

      1. re: Chownut

        It eventually occurred to me to look for a Sushi Taro web site and I saw the $3 parking, which is very reasonable. But if the lot is full (Saturday night) alternatives might be expensive or inconvenient. It's been years since I've been in that neighborhood at dinner time.

        Has anyone parked in that lot recently? Is there plenty of space?

        1. re: MikeR

          Very hard neighborhood for parking. I would definitely take the metro unless you have the best parking karma.

          1. re: MikeR

            The last I parked there, it wasn't a problem. Keep in mind that Sushi Taro is not like a movie theatre serving hundreds and thousands of people.

            1. re: Chownut

              Since it's a Colonial Parking lot, I figured that it wasn't exclusively for the restaurant, so it would be fairly likely to be filled up, particularly on a Saturday night. It could very well serve hundreds or thousands of people with probably 50 or so spaces. Metro only costs a little more and is only a little less convenient, maybe a lot less inconvenient. I have very poor parking karma.

              1. re: MikeR

                Anybody hanging out in Dupont Circle probably would metro it unless the restaurant they are going to has parking options. Finding off street parking around that area isn't bad as long as you realize you're not going to park right in front of your restaurant and you feel comfortable walking in the city at night.

        2. re: bettyjoan

          I think Sushi Taro is every bit as good as Sushi-Ko and Kaz, even better perhaps, but just as expensive. Not sure what prices you are comparing. Kaz in particular does have some "fancy" rolls that Sushi Taro doesn't have, but from a straight sushi perspective, I think Sushi Taro might even be more expensive. But worth it.

        3. food-wise and not-sushi, the ton-katsu/sashimi combo is quite satisfying IMHO. I've always left happy. and it is also the first place I learned to appreciate uni nigiri (after years trying in CA).

          1. I wasn't too impressed with Kaz, but I didn't get any of their creative dishes, so I can't judge on that.

            I've been to Sushi Taro many times, and I haven't found too much consistency. I tend to get sashimi, and the last few times it has been quite grainy. Also, the service can be horrible there, and management doesn't seem to care too much. Our server once tried to claim they don't have any spoons in their restaurants (??). I'd head to Sushi-Ko.

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            1. re: Jacey

              Kaz's sushi is way overrated. You can get the creative dishes, but you will leave hungry.