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JClaudia Mar 24, 2008 11:51 AM

I am looking for the best place to eat Sushi in DC.

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    cleveland park RE: JClaudia Mar 24, 2008 01:28 PM

    I hear great things about Makoto, but I´ve never been. I do love Sushi Ko in Glover Park (going tonight actually) and I believe its the best in dc, but that´s just me

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      Elyssa RE: JClaudia Mar 24, 2008 05:01 PM

      If you are looking for something more affordable I highly recommend Sakana on P St in Dupont Circle. The Sakana Tempura Sushi is one of the best pieces of sushi I've ever had....delicious and addictable.

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        Jacey RE: JClaudia Mar 24, 2008 08:44 PM

        Maybe not the "best" but I've been enjoying Uni lately in Dupont. The fish is very fresh and portions are generous for the price. It's a lot better ambiance than Sakana, and I find the staff to be a lot friendlier (they don't rush you out of there, too).

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          amyatkendall RE: Jacey Mar 25, 2008 05:55 AM

          I'm in the Dupont area quite a bit on business and I always stop by Uni - I like it very much as well. They have a tea-smoked salmon that I've been craving lately...

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          JAC13 RE: JClaudia Mar 25, 2008 02:23 AM

          I really like Sushi-Ko and you def. cannot go wrong there- fresh and they have so many options that range from very traditional to a little off-beat and always delicious. However, it is pricey and I never manage to get out of there w/out spending a pretty penny. For a cheaper and equally fresh fix, I frequent Kotobuki, which is above the higher-end Makoto. It is very fresh and insanely inexpensive as far as sushi goes. Be prepared for a much more bare-bones atmosphere and not very many creative rolls but is sashimi is your thing, you are in for a great meal. Make sure you try their shrimp shumai (i am pretty sure they are house-made) and the speciality of the house, the monkfish liver (I know it sounds weird but just do it- at $6 it is a steal and it is absolutely delicious).

          1. Pool Boy RE: JClaudia Mar 25, 2008 05:22 AM

            Another option is Kaz Sushi Bistro.....


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              anhdeluxe RE: Pool Boy Mar 25, 2008 09:24 AM

              Second KAZ - I really like their inventive Japanese small dishes too. Had the fatty tuna there last week and it was like if heavenly butter on the tongue. Skip dessert, though. I also like Momo's on Queen street in Old Town.

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                brucifus RE: anhdeluxe Mar 26, 2008 07:25 AM

                I third Kaz. Fresh fish, good ambiance, and things you won't find most places. Anhdeluxe is right - usually for the desert, I reserve some space for the tuna with black truffle sushi.

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                  anhdeluxe RE: brucifus Mar 26, 2008 08:27 AM

                  although I have to say, KAZ's food is wonderful, but they've had a snotty and snobby maitre'd the last couple of times I've been there.

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                    Pool Boy RE: anhdeluxe Mar 26, 2008 09:53 AM

                    We've never had an attitude problem at Kaz. Also, it should be noted that KAZ supports BYOW with a reasonable corkage fee. Might I suggest Champagne?


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                      cleveland park RE: Pool Boy Mar 26, 2008 10:02 AM

                      or a fino sherry

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                      ktmoomau RE: anhdeluxe Mar 26, 2008 11:20 AM

                      I just have had a server who was never around, 10 minutes drink order, 20 minutes dinner, food 45 min to an hour later, with a waiter nowhere to be found, so if you didn't order enough good luck getting more. But the bar area is probably better. But my sushi was good, bf's wasn't he got less creative things and they just weren't good. We had such a bad experience we won't go back even though my chefs tasting menu was pretty good, there are just too many places in DC to go back to somewhere we had such a bad experience at.

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                JClaudia RE: JClaudia Mar 28, 2008 10:52 AM

                I went to Makoto mostly because of its high Zagat rating but never again! Although the quality of the fish is excellent, as it should be, none of the preparations were memorable. Alot of fancy dishes but the food was not imaginatively prepared. Considering how uncomfortable and crowded the seating is, and the high prices, I don't think it has much to recommend it.

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                  leonarjx RE: JClaudia Mar 29, 2008 08:11 AM

                  Your best bet for sushi in DC, or anywhere in the area, is Sushi Taro at 17th and P Street NW. This is the restaurant of choice for the Japanese embassy staffers.

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                    kallisti RE: leonarjx Mar 29, 2008 12:45 PM

                    Sushi Taro is definitely great, and they are doing their annual all-you-can-eat sushi on Saturday April 5. I enjoyed the omakase at Makoto, quality of fish was very good though obviously sushi was only a small part of the meal. I've heard good things about its upstairs sister, Kotobuki. I wasn't impressed by Kaz, and wasn't impressed by Sushi Ko either but of the two I'm willing to give Sushi Ko another try. Went to Sakana and had thoroughly unremarkable sushi, the quality of fish was not very good. Haven't tried Uni.

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                    jds35 RE: JClaudia Mar 31, 2008 12:12 PM

                    We really enjoy Murasaki on Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown/AU Park.

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