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Jan 2, 2013 06:25 AM

Sushi in N. Bethesda/Rockville?

I'm supposed to meet a friend for a sushi lunch Friday. Since she's from out of town, I'm in charge of choosing the restaurant. However, I live in N. VA and I don't know sushi places in our meet-up area.

She'll be attending a meeting on Rockville Pike near White Flint. I don't think we have the time to travel into downtown Bethesda or downtown Rockville.

Any suggestions for a reliable, appealing place for sushi? Thanks.

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  1. Here are four on the pike between White Flint and Rockville without the parking headaches of downtown Bethesda or Rockville.

    Temari Cafe 301-340-7720
    1043 Rockville Pike

    Hinode Restaurant 301-816-2190
    134 Congressional Lane (back corner of Congressional Plaza)
    Niwano Hana 301-294-0553
    887 Rockville Pike

    Sushi House 301-309-0043
    1331 Rockville PIke

    All OK to quite good and priced that way,not great.Most of the neutral,middle ground reviews are accurate.

    6 Replies
    1. re: lcool

      Of these, I like Niwano Hana the best for quality.

      If you want a sushi buffet, Hinode is pretty decent.

      1. re: DanielK

        Agree on the Niwano Hana.

        With OP not wanting downtown Bethesda or Rockville with the time and hassle required just to park and poof,lunch hour gone
        the list is ? ,but priced that way also.

        1. re: lcool

          also agree with niwana hana versus the other 3. hinode has a lunch buffet with all you an eat sushi and some korean dishes but it is more quantity than quality

          1. re: dining with doc

            Is Matuba of Bethesda still open? I recall (from a few years ago) them offering both kaitenzushi and table service.

            1. re: BuildingMyBento

              It is, but if you want to go to Bethesda proper, I prefer Hinaro to Matuba's kaitenzushi. I have not ordered off the menu at Matuba.

      2. re: lcool

        Thanks to everyone for the recommendations. We ate at Niwano Hana and had a very good meal. Very fresh, well cut sashimi and wasabi that tasted different -- fresher and more pungent than the usual.

        The only drawback was the cost which everyone graciously pointed out. My salmon-tuna-yellow tail sashimi (9 pieces) cost $19.95

      3. I adore Temari Cafe and even though they serve the most delicious Toro nigirizushi it isn't really a sushi restaurant and it is always crowded.

        Given the circumstances and limited time available, it would be fair to put in a word for Hiro Sushi which is a fast-food Sushi Bar right there in White Flint on Nicholson.

        3 Replies
        1. re: GraydonCarter

          I get the impression the sushi is on the menu because some people are under the mistaken impression that Japanese eat the stuff three times a day. I would happily spend all my time on their non-sushi items and never get tired of the curry rice, tonkatsu, takoyaki, grilled black cod....

          1. re: monkeyrotica

            Hiro sushi also has curry rice. The preparation is a bit different from most Japanese curry rice, but not in a bad way (there are more vegetables, including some that you don't often find in curry rice). They also have omurice - something I rarely see in this area.

          2. re: GraydonCarter

            I like Temari in that they give you huge slabs of fish for sashimi, and the selection is decent. But the times I've tried it the texture made me think it was refrozen.

          3. There's also Rolls n' Rice, just off Rockville Pike. It's casual but very good

            (the menu in the restaurant is much longer.)