Any good places that have Japanese style food in DC?
I've been on an Asian food kick for a little while and I want to try some other Japanese delicacies.
I want to try things you normally don't have in Japanese restaurants, like I've had sushi and teriyaki chicken before. I guess what I'm trying to look for is maybe like a bakery or an Asian grocery store where I can get things like oobanyaki or some taiyaki( I had this at the Cherry Blossom festival last year and really liked it), or just sold Japanese food that wasn't Pocky.
Resturants are welcome too, I really liked the Wok & Roll in Chinatown.
Wok & Roll
1371 Beverly Rd, Mc Lean, VA 22101
I'd go with Sushi Taro and Kushi, although neither are cheap.
Good luck with Wok & Roll. Had good experiences a couple of times, and was then served $20 of 100% inedible food a few weeks ago at lunch. That's enough for me.
Satsuma in Bethesda has yakiniku-- where you barbecue on the table. Just tried it for the first time and liked it (but when I say first time, I mean anywhere, not just there). They also have ramen and I thought the noodles were pretty good and the broth was ok (not as good as Ren's), but again I am not a ramen expert.
OK, the best all-around Japanese restaurant in DMV is Blue Ocean Izakaya in Fairfax. Yep, I said it. The Japanese go there, I'm one of them. This is not a high-end place and the prices reflect it. However, the chefs know their business, true Japanese. Be sure to make reservations, as tables--even on a Tuesday night--are hard to get as of late. Also, give them a couple of day's notice and ask for omakaze (chef's selection) and sit back and enjoy. Even the humble ramen is authentic here.
I had a couple of awful items from the Izakaya menu at Blue Ocean. A miniscule portion of broiled slice pork with ginger sauce that was gray, limp, and room temperature, and a tasteless fish cake. A bowl of tempura udon was completely uninteresting.
Aside from the omakase, is there anything else you recommend?