The traditional method for preparing sushi requires slices of raw fish to be held over unlit fires in order to secure that signature “uncooked” flavor. Explore such innovative foodsmithing with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of meticulously arranged raw-fish rolls at Sushiko in Washington D.C. The restaurant is a Washingtonian 100 Best Restaurant of 2010.
Sushiko, the first sushi shack in the D.C. area, serves a full menu of maki, salads, and sashimi based on a minimalistic approach, ensuring each ingredient's flavor naturally shines through. Start with a bowl of wild-mushroom soup ($6.50), or a ginger-dressed sushi-ko salad ($6). Maki offerings, served in six pieces or temaki cone, are a treasure trove of sea meat. Try the crunchy shrimp with fish roe, shrimp, scallions, mayo, and tempura batter ($5), or the rainbow roll with salmon, shrimp, white fish, cucumber, avocado, and tuna ($12.50). Small dishes such as the honey-soy roasted duck breast ($9.50), and seared lobster with forest mushrooms, spinach, and creamy ponzu ($11), appease the anti-rawist and stand tall amid the simple, modern interior. For entree-like eats, order an entree, such as the roasted Maine salmon sided with sweet potato and sautéed mushrooms ($16.50), or beef-tenderloin tataki doused with red-wine daikon butter ($20). Call ahead to schedule a reservation.