Today's Groupon gets you $40 worth of perfectly prepared sushi rolls and drinks for half the price at Current, the Dupont Circle authority on sushi, sake, and electronic music. Current is known as a hip lounge where beautiful people sip sake cocktails and snack on spicy tuna until the wee hours of the morning. The Washington Post says Current is revitalizing nightlife around 18th Street and Connecticut Avenue NW.
Current serves traditional Japanese fare such as miso soup and California rolls, plus a kushi selection, and shared plates which include shrimp and vegetable wontons. Seasonal fish and produce are brought in fresh, and the sushi rolls are made to order. For the hand-roll lover, look for the chef's Trio of hand rolls, available in spicy/crunch and tempura. The menu has 17 types of nigiri and 12 different signature rolls (all are available with brown rice). Regulars love the dragon roll (eel, avocado, fish eggs, and shrimp tempura), and The Washington Post recommends asking your server about the rotating specials. The 18 types of sake on the drink menu pair perfectly with the tuna, crab, salmon, and shrimp.
Diners can sit at the open sushi bar and watch the chefs prepare dragon rolls. Current is where Dragonfly once served high-end sushi. It's retained Dragonfly's chief sushi chef, Niki Shimashaki, and added a former sushi chef from Sushi Damo, Kitamura Toyoaki. The decor was influenced by modern luxury yachts, with hardwood floors and wavy metal stripes glowing beneath long, glass bar tops and water tanks with colorful waves hanging from the ceiling. A floating staircase leads upstairs to a lounge where DJs spin mashups after 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The service is friendly and generally fast, though it can get slow when the action heats up.
- Dragonfly's sushi chef has returned, joined by a former Komi sous-chef. The miso soup is light, with a heavenly broth. Colorful nigiri taste as fresh as they look, and the artfully arranged sushi rolls disappear quickly off plates. (Ask about specials, since the rolls that rotate on and off the menu are more interesting than the California and yellowtail staples. – Fritz Hahn, The Washington Post
- My experience at Current was everything I could have hoped for: healthy food served with service and style. – Lance Breger, City Living
- The chefs were very knowledgeable of sushi, (well, they were Japanese after all) even served eel with sansho pepper powder which is very classic in Japanese but even in NY's most notable sushi bar, you don't see then [sic] dare to be that Japanese! – Anonymous, MenuPages
- The food is quite good and the ambiance is nice... – Sarah S, Yelp
- The sushi was fresh. The sushi chef was knowledgeable... I loved the loungy look of the restaurant/bar area. Even the sushi bar lit up. If you're looking for some decent sushi in the DC area, I recommend Current... – Cindy Y., Yelp
How to Drink Sake
Correctly drinking sake involves a complex ritual that honors the server, the drinker, and the sake itself. To avoid appearing culturally insensitive, follow these steps before you sip your sake:
- Point to the person who poured your drink and shout, “Towards candle, an eagle landed in my box of paint!”
- Read the entirety of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of The House of Usher in the original French.
- Stare into the eyes of your drinking companions until the weakest-willed one looks away with shame, and then departs from your life forever.
- Cry for six hours.
1215 Connecticut Ave Nw
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