Kanpai Japanese Restaurant encourages diners to raise their glasses over platefuls of fresh sushi and traditional Japanese entrees. Inside the restaurant—which takes its name from a word that means “cheers!” —patrons gather around the sushi bar and watch as chefs set pieces of yellowtail, white tuna, and smoked salmon over rice and slice up various specialty rolls. Meanwhile, the wait staff carries salmon and chicken teriyaki from the grill to dining room tables both indoors and out. Throughout meals, patrons can sip wine and sake, or kick back with a bottle of Japanese beer.
Hungry twosomes can warm up palates with organic tofu miso soup and a starter to share, such as a Dragon Taco, a combination of eel, cucumber, and salsa tucked inside a grilled-tortilla sleeping bag. The second course confronts chopsticks with two of more than 35 special rolls, including the Crunchy Infinity, a symphony of shrimp tempura, spicy crab, cucumber, masago, and crunch flakes, and the Out of Control, which attacks tongues with tuna, salmon, soft-shell crab, and spicy tuna, all drizzled with spicy aioli. Special rolls are then sidekicked by a choice of two classic maki such as California rolls, spicy-scallop rolls, and Spider rolls—deep-fried soft-shell crab dressed in the finest bright-orange masago overcoats.
Cure your sushi craving at Endo Sushi, an upscale sushi restaurant.
Endo Sushi is also a great pick for restricted eaters, with plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
Parents, bring your kids along to Endo Sushi, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Endo Sushi is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Endo Sushi also offers catering.
For those in a rush, the sushi spot lets you take your food to go.
Those driving to Endo Sushi can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
Hop on public transit if driving's not your speed; Clarendon Metrorail (Orange) is an accessible stop.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Endo Sushi since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Though the interior of Japanese' Kitchen takes a modern approach to traditional Asian décor, its lunch and dinner menus are filled with authentic Japanese cuisine. On traditional hibachi grills, chefs-turned-showmen sizzle morsels of marinated chicken, NY strip steak, and lobster alongside fresh vegetables. At the sushi bar, maki-makers hand craft spicy tuna, tempura shrimp, and California rolls in a less flashy display. For more unique flavors, Japanese' Kitchen’s serves up appetizers of tempura-fry calamari and cap meals with desserts such as housemade crème brulee infused with green tea and cream harvested from the brulee tree. Japanese' Kitchen also stocks a selection of imported Japanese drinks including Echigo Koshi Hikari rice lager, Junmai sake, and Ramune orange soda.
Located above Makoto, one of DC’s highest-rated (and most expensive) Japanese restaurants, Kotobuki offers nearly the same great tastes for a fraction of the price. Sushi, sashimi and kamameshi are top sellers inside the tiny space, which at first glance seems more like a quaint brick home than casual sushi joint. Kotobuki offers six or eight tables, plus seats at the sushi bar. Not a bad seat, considering that’s where the action is anyway. If your stomach is already groaning, it’s best to get to a table early or try to arrive late, as the diminutive room means a line can form in a snap. You could always order takeout, but then you’d be missing out on the atmosphere, including Kotobuki’s Beatles-heavy soundtrack.
In a swank setting complete with high ceilings and zebra-accented banquettes, Sushi Rock's talented chefs create sushi with enough style and flair to satisfy the discerning rock star. Of their 15 specialty maki rolls, there's not one that lacks a certain swagger. It helps, of course, that they're named after classic rock songs such as "Stairway to Heaven," "November Rain," and "Light my Fire." Specialty cocktails maintain the rocking vibe and pair well with the sushi as well as the other Asian fusion dishes on the menu.