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Jun 20, 2012 09:58 AM


Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced sushi place in the area solely based on their tamago?

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  1. i had it at Kushi as part of their chef's assortment and it wasn't bad. Tamago seems to be an overlooked item by most people. Perhaps it's because it's never made with much care and attention.

    You can try Tachibana in Mclean, VA as well.

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    1. re: shake N baik

      I agree! The only versions I've had bordered on gross and after watching "Jiro Dreams of Sushi", I want to believe there are better versions available.

      I've been to Tachibana, but haven't tried the tamago.

      1. re: gregb

        What did you think of Tachibana?

        1. re: Steve

          I was only there once, and it was on the late side so the place was pretty well cleared out and the chefs were cleaning down their bar…I may not have gotten their best. That being said, I was impressed with the daily specials board and thought the rolls were pretty decent. I don't remember exactly what was ordered, but everything was fresh and tasted good.

          I prefer Yama in Vienna.

          1. re: gregb

            I went straight to Kushi after watching Jiro at E St Cinema. Kushi frequently sells $60 vouchers for $30 on livingsocial so you should take advantage of it. Their fish is fresh and you can also order live uni if they have it in stock.

            1. re: shake N baik

              Sushi taro does good tamago as well.

              1. re: foodslut

                Yeah, I figured they probably make a very good version and I would love to get to Taro, but at that price point there are too many other options I still need to try in DC.

    2. I think most people do a decent job in tamago. I recall sushi Taro does the best. Just had them at Tachibana last week and it's standard. The rest of the sushi there was great. Kotobuki also has standard ones if you want cheap. I wouldn't go to Kushi for anything other than being entertained by the grill...and maybe watch them put out meat skewers that caught on fire for not paying attention. The manager will stand by their charred food and insist that the charcoaled stuff is done "right" until you threaten to post the picture on the web. Sushi at Kushi IMHO is for people who want to look cool, but don't know about sushi.

      1. I agree that tamago is an oft overlooked sushi at places and can be brown or too sweet.
        I prefer the tamago at Endo in Arlington. I've also enjoyed it at Sushi Yama in Vienna.

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        1. re: discojing

          Do Endo and Yama serve it in symetrical pieces? I was surprised to see "shards" of nearly green tamago at Yoshi.

          1. re: gregb

            i have noticed some sushi restaurants using premade tamago out of a bag. Not as disappointing as unagi that's thawed/precooked as well.