Sushi but no Sushi Taro?
Hello, I'm coming into DC Sunday staying around Dupont Circle and just read that Sushi Taro is closed for renovation. Can anyone recommend a substitute in the area?
Hmm. If you're willing to go a bit outside the area, I'd recommend:
Zengo and Oya for interesting sushi (and SEI, a new restaurant) in Penn Quarter, and Sushi Ko / Matuba for normal sushi.
(And Spices! It's on the red line, but by the zoo [cleveland park]. Far, but worth it, and no transfers!)
Rice, rated one of the top Thai restaurants in the area is a few blocks up at Logan Circle, and Nooshi is in Farragut West (few blocks from Dupont). (Great happy hour specials).
There are also two kaiten-zushi places (conveyor belt sushi) in the area. Sushi-Go-Round (GalleryPl/Chinatown, but walk-able from Metro Center which is only one metro stop or two from Dupont) is not that good, but is cheap, and Wasabi is a tad more expensive, but I liked some of their offerings.
Honestly, you're not missing much from Sushi Taro. The sushi was well done when I went recently (December), but over priced and nothing to go back for or that I would 'crave' for.
Oya Restaurant & Lounge
777 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
781 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Spices Asian Restaurant
3333 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
1608 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
1120 19th St NW, Washington, DC
908 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
re: hill food
yes. now the prices are about $30 per person (not in my opinion) and they plan to cut the seating in half and double the price to about $60 and have it be more "upscale".
they need to keep the customers they have! it's a bit out of the way in a bad location, so the only thing going for them was its authenticity and slight-affordability. (both which are lacking in my opinion)
Thanks for all of the responses! i'm embarrassed to say, I went to Sakana but got there too early and I simply could not wait (it was cold and i was starving) so I went to Kramer books cafe and had some suprisingly, Id almost say,shockingly, good food. I know its not gourmet but I was really impressed. And by the way the night before I had been to Vidalia and had the $75 tasting menu and left starving and unimpressed.....
I hold out hope that sushi taro will have some lunch specials at least--they were such a hit. I do think they were heads and shoulders above sakana. I really liked the authentic Japanese home cooking that was featured at lunch. Given the economy, perhaps they will adjust things. Anyone know when they are set to reopen?