sushi


I went to Plum Blossom recently with a friend for a celebratory dinner because she got a new job, yay!  Though the job was in a new town, boo! 😉  

  • Food:After hearing so much about their miso honey lamb chops, I was looking forward to the opportunity to try them.  Unfortunately, we were told that they had gone through a menu revision and no longer offered the chops because they had been told it was too sweet.  So I decided to order the mussels and an order of Yellowtail nigiri, but then was told they ran out of the mussels.  I then ordered the lamb chops that were cooked with Szechuan peppers.  The lamb was the most tender I’ve ever had, but there was an enormous amount of fat that was still on the chops.  Personally, I prefer it when chefs trim that off, but to each his own — I just cut around it.  I can’t remember the sides, but I’m sure they were fine.  My friend ordered the steak which was good.
  • Service:Our server was nice, but despite the tiny restaurant, I do remember having to crane my neck looking for him on numerous occasions.
  • Atmosphere: To say it’s a small restaurant is an understatement.  It has about 6 very small tables that are about the 3 ft off the ground.  Then there are backless box chairs that you sit on.  If prefer seats with backs or a normal sized chair, you should definitely get your food to go.  When the door opens, the entire restaurant feels the draft too so if it’s a chilly day, keep your jacket close by!  There is a small bar in the back and in the front, there’s a little station for the sushi chef.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall:While I thought he’d cancel my order for Yellowtail nigiri when I ordered the lamb chops, I’m glad I was able to try it because it was really good.  I’d be up to try it again for more sushi and their pomegranate chicken (sounds intriguing). 

Details:

  • Reservations accepted.
  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 12 PM-10 PM; Fri & Sat 12 PM-11 PM
  • Address: 1915 18th Street NW; Washington, DC 20009
  • Ph: 202-232-8881

I’ve been to Sushi Taro a handful of times and have always had great food.  I’ve also always had a wait — no matter the date or time I go. 

  • Food:The most recent time, I ordered eel.  My friend and I split an order of adegashi tofu, Japanese fried sweet potato, shiso leaf, asparagus, Shiitake mushroom, and eggplant. The eel was perfect, but the standout from our dinner was the shiso leaf and the Japanese fried sweet potato.  Yum on both accounts.   On a previous visit, I had ordered their Wakasagi Nanban because I heard it was the best.  They very well may have, but I didn’t love the deep fried smelt.  Sorry, I couldn’t get over it.  But I was proud that I tried it!
  • Service:While their waitstaff can sometimes leave something to be desired as far as their waitressing skills, it’s fine.
  • Atmosphere:During your waiting time, you can read the tons of accolades this place has gotten.  I’ve seen signed photos from Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright to an endorsement by the DC-based Japanese news bureaus that Sushi Taro is the best in the city.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall: I think it’s good sushi for a good price.  While the wait can be a bit annoying, if you have the time, you should try the place. 

Details:

  • Reservations are accepted (and recommended), except not after 12:30 PM for lunch and after 7 PM for dinner.   
  • Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 pm Dinner Mon-Thu 5:30-10 pm Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30 pm Closed Sundays
  • Address: 1503 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-462-8999

When you’re looking for quick and decent Thai food in the Golden Triangle area, you go to Nooshi (formerly known as Oodles Noodles).

  • Food:Surprise!  I usually order Pad Thai with tofu or chicken, but one day I thought I should try something different.  So I got the Mee Goreng which is described as spicy marriage of Malaysian & Indian-style stir fry egg noodles with chicken.  I thought the Mee Goreng was OK, but it definitely wasn’t spicy.  One of my lunch partners in crime always gets the Tom Yum Noodle Soup with spicy chicken in lemongrass broth served with rice vermicelli.  When I actually sit at the restaurant, I’ll usually order either the fried tofu or fried calamari — both tasty.

Nooshi Mee Goreng

  • Service: I was recently talking about this with some colleagues, but they claim that when they eat in here, they feel rushed throughout their meal.  I’ve got to admit that when I eat in, I don’t. 
  • Atmosphere: With a dark interior, the restaurant is comfortable.  There’s a small sushi bar (or was it an actual bar?  Can’t remember) on the right hand-side. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: This is a good place to go with some friends for a casual bite to eat.  They also deliver (orders must be over $25)  and have a separate “restaurant” (and menu) for carry out.  It’s next door to their sit-down restaurant and is incredibly tiny.   If you’re in a hurry, call in your food and then walk past the line to pick up your food and pay. 

Happy Hour: Monday-Saturday 5-7 PM 1/2 off drinks.

Details:

  • Reservations accepted.
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am- 11pm Sun 5pm-10pm; Delivery Hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm; Sat 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm; Sun 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Address: 1120 19th Street NW; Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-293-3138

Thanks to my blogger friend VeggieLove for recommending Thai Chef because I finally went!  In addition to VeggieLove’s recommendation, I was excited about trying Thai Chef because I have walked by there a million times!  It’s usually pretty busy, which means popular, but not always good.  In this case, it’s good!  Also, here is their menu:

      

August 2008 Update: Thai Chef now offers free delivery from 5 PM-10 PM and a minimum $20 order. 

  • Food: I stopped by to pick up an order to go.  For lunch, I thought I’d get an order of fried tofu and tuna and salmon nigiri.  Then I ordered Pad Thai (last photo on the right) with tofu and medium spice for dinner.  The tofu was crispy fried goodness and was nicely complimented by the plum-peanut dipping sauce.  I wasn’t expecting too much from the nigiri, but I got to tell you — it was really good.  Finally, I took a couple of bites of the Pad Thai.  It wasn’t spicy at all, but there was a strong hint of peanuts (even though I didn’t want any — so a heads up to those of you who have peanut allergies!).  Am sure they used peanut oil in the cooking process.  The tofu was fried and there was a lot of it.  Oh — and in my to-go bag, they put a packet of soy sauce for the nigiri.  Nice!

Thai Chef Fried Tofu  Thai Chef Tuna & Salmon Nigiri  Thai Chef Pad Thai with Tofu

  • Service: Since I went for pick-up, my interaction with the servers was pretty minimal.  But it seemed like people were getting what they needed, when they needed it.
  • Atmosphere:With a little sushi station immediately in front of you when you walk in, there’s not as much room as you’d think in this 2-story restaurant.  At the sushi station, they have these cute backless wooden stools which are surprisingly comfortable.  In the summer, the floor-to-ceiling windows open.  It’s a comfortable, casual restaurant.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall: I’m planning on going back for the fried tofu and sushi.  It’s good, reasonably priced, and convenient to home!  The Pad Thai was OK, but nothing special.

Happy Hour:  Sun-Thurs 4-7 PM with $3 beer and wine.  They have their “Drinks that Make You Brave” mixed drinks menu for $3.50; wine by the glass is $3; Sake small is $2.95 and large is $5; beer is $2.  Sushi is half-priced (meaning about $3-$5). 

Details:

  • Reservations accepted.
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30 AM-10:30 PM; Fri 11:30 AM-11 PM; Sat 12 PM-11 PM; Sun 12 PM-10:30 PM
  • Address: 1712 Connecticut Ave NW; Washington, DC 20009
  • Ph: (202) 234-5698

I love food (as evident by this blog).  But sometimes, I am craving sushi that’s quick, fast, and decent.   Hence Wasabi Sushi.

  • Food:I ran into Wasabi Sushi for lunch to-go (photo below).  They call it “take away” and offer a different menu than their normal restaurant menu.  You get 5 pieces (versus the usual 6) for the order, but it’s also cheaper.  From left to right, my order was shrimp tempura & asparagus ($3.75); salmon, avocado, & sesame seeds ($3.25); and spicy tuna & scallion roll ($3.50).  The middle roll was weak.  It had little flavor and almost soggy (what happened?).  The other two were fine rolls for the price.  The bummer was that they put no chopsticks, wasabi (umm, hello — the name of your restaurant is…), or ginger in my to-go bag. 

Wasabi Sushi

  • Service:The cashiers are polite.  When you actually sit down and order, the servers are friendly.  Their job is pretty easy — keep you hydrated and count the color plates.  They have a conveyor belt of food so you can pick and choose which plates you want.  Each color signifies the price. 
  • Atmosphere: It’s very casual and it can be fun to go with a few friends to actually sit down for lunch/dinner.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall:It’s certainly not the best sushi in DC, but it’s fine.  I go when I’ve got only a few minutes but am craving sushi.  Considering it’s also super cheap, it sits well with my wallet.  But I’ll have to remember to ask for wasabi, chopsticks, and ginger next time.  

Happy Hour Specials:

  • Daily 5-7 PM, offer many drink specials
    • $2 Kirin, Kirin Light, and Sapporo
    • $2 White wine (Kenwood Chardonnay or Santa Rita Sauvignon Blanc)
    • $4 Red wine (Buena Vista Pinot Noir or Penfold’s Bin 2 Shiraz/Mourvedre)
    • $5 Sake pitchers (Snow Beauty Nigori or Yamadanishiki)
    • $7 Sake pitchers (Kaguyahime or Taru)
  • Thursdays 5-9 PM, they offer a sake night so you can sample and become a connoisseur. 

Details:

  • Reservations are accepted.
  • Hours: 11:30 AM-2:30 PM Lunch M-F; 5-9 PM Dinner M-F; Take away M-F 11:30-9 PM
  • Address: 908 17th Street NW; Washington, DC 20006
  • Ph: 202-822-2005

There are few things in the world that are better than a sushi joint that delivers.  Tono Sushi is my favorite because they deliver pretty good sushi at a reasonable price.

  • Food:With a mix of Asian food, it’s all good.  I’ve ordered Pad Thai, sushi, sashimi, nigiri, spring rolls, etc.  All tasty.  They also have sushi happy hour daily from 5-7:30 PM (dine in only). 
  • Service: Courteous and efficient.
  • Atmosphere:On the rare occasions I don’t order in, I think their restaurant is comfortable and casual. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: Between $ and $$
  • Overall: Their menu is on my fridge and their number is programmed on my phone.  I think it’s good sushi at a reasonable price.  

Tono Sushi Mango Sticky Rice Tono Sushi

Details:

  • Reservations might be needed during peak hours.
  • Hours: Lunch – Mon-Fri 11:30 – 2:30 and Sat & Sun 12:00 – 3:00; Dinner – Mon – Thurs  5:00 – 10:30; Fri – Sat  5:00 – 11:00; Sun 5:00 – 10:00
  • Address: 2605 Connecticut Avenue NW; Washington, DC 20008
  • Ph: 202. 332.7300

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