For a tasty mix of Asian flavors and a laid-back vibe, Washington's Spices Asian Restaurant is the place to go.
Can't eat gluten? Avoiding fatty foods? Vegan? No problem — Spices Asian Restaurant offers plenty of options for you as well.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Spices Asian Restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at Spices Asian Restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Spices Asian Restaurant is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings.
The dress code is strictly casual at Spices Asian Restaurant, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
Catering is also available if you'd like serve Spices Asian Restaurant's tasty dishes at your next party.
For those who wish to avoid traffic, Spices Asian Restaurant is also accessible via public transportation, with a close stop at Cleveland Park Metro (Red).
Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at Spices Asian Restaurant's Connecticut Ave NW residence.
Meals at Spices Asian Restaurant are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
True to its name, Hashi Sushi Georgetown's culinary craftsmen bundle and roll a variety of sushi rolls, but that's not the only recipe in the restaurant's cookbook. The chefs also acquaint diners with traditional Japanese and Korean dishes they may not have tried, such as fresh udon or ramen noodle soups tossed with breaded tonkatsu, or bento boxes of spicy bulgogi strewn with kimchi. On the weekends, the restaurant combines its dignified sushi-bar airs with a burst of nightlife fun replete with sake bombs and energetic crowds, before turning back into a pumpkin at 11 p.m.
The rich, gleaming woodwork and clean, modern lines of Sushi Taro's seating areas reflect the restaurant's dedication to creating a refined dining experience for its guests. This dedication is further reinforced by the chefs' careful presentation of each dish, many of which are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and seafood imported from Japan.
The Kaiseki Experience
Although an ever-changing la carte menu is available, Sushi Taro's chefs prefer to provide their guests with a more traditional Japanese dining experience: kaiseki. This chef-curated, multi-course experience is intended to highlight the natural flavor of seasonal ingredients at the peak of freshness. Simple, yet thoughtfully composed presentations showcase the individual beauty of each dish. Kaiseki menus allow chefs to introduce diners to the flavors and preparations of authentic Japanese cooking.
What the Press Says
Washingtonian magazine placed Sushi Taro on its 2012 list of the area's 100 Best Restaurants, stating, "when a sushi craving hits, coming here and splurging is almost as good as hopping a plane to Tokyo."
Zagat gave Sushi Taro's traditional Japanese cuisine a rating of "extraordinary to perfection."
At The Washington Post, Tom Sietsema praised the restaurant's calm and tranquil ambiance?"a forest of light, air and wood"?and hailed Sushi Taro as "Washington's most alluring Japanese restaurant."
Tipples from Abroad
Sushi Taro's beverage menu features a curated selection of red, white, and sparkling wines alongside an impressive assortment of traditional Japanese drinks. Familiar Japanese beers appear alongside the restaurant's diverse sake collection, which includes bottles that have been carefully aged for as long as 10 years. Additionally, Sushi Taro does its best to introduce diners to shochu: a distilled Japanese beverage that is often compared to scotch.
Born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, Chef Kazuhiro Okochi spent years mastering the deceptive simplicity of traditional Japanese cuisine. After graduating from the Tsuji Culinary Institute, he remained in Osaka for an additional five years, formally studying the intricacies of sushi preparation. This highly practiced attention to detail is apparent at Kaz Sushi , where Chef Okochi's staff seeks out a specific strain of domestic, short-grain rice, tailoring the amount of water as well as the length of the cooking time to account for the season and even the day's weather. They also import soy sauce from a microbrewery in Japan (and make their own, individual blend in-house), and they even use aged red rice vinegar instead of more conventional varieties that haven't had a chance to really live yet.
However, Chef Okochi isn't interested in merely recreating centuries-old Japanese recipes--he fully commits to modernizing these perfected dishes by introducing Western flavors. Chef Okochi refers to this culinary style as "freestyle Japanese cuisine," and it is easy to see why: sushi rolls can contain inventive additions such as mint, pickled pineapple and basil, or even spicy tomato sauce.
Diners can order from the menu or choose to place their full faith in Chef Okochi and his team by ordering one of several "omakase" tasting menus that allow the chefs complete freedom to use the day's freshest seafood and produce to make flavorful--and occasionally original--creations. As The Washington Post described the experience, "to eat omakase at Kaz Sushi Bistro is to watch a little magic show-and to stretch your idea of Japanese cuisine."
For a scintillating heap of noodles in piping hot broth, don't miss Washington's Nooshi.
The menu at Nooshi does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge.
The drink list at Nooshi has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — Nooshi has kid-friendly food and seating.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Nooshi — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Through their catering service, Nooshi can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Nooshi will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the restaurant yourself to carry out your meal.
If preferred, guests can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
For those who wish to avoid traffic, Nooshi is also accessible via public transportation, with stops at Farragut North Metro (Red), Farragut West Metro (Blue, Orange), and Foggy Bottom Metro (Blue, Orange).
Meals at Nooshi are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
For fresh maki, Washington's Momoyama has got you covered.
The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! Momoyama also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at Momoyama just as much as mom and dad.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Momoyama's seasonally available outdoor seating.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Momoyama — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Momoyama can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Drivers can find a space for their wheels on the street when dining at the restaurant's 2nd St NW business.
Don't feel like driving? Public transportation is right around the corner, with available stops at Judiciary Square Metro (Red), Archives Metro (Green, Yellow), and Union Metro (Red).
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Momoyama since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.