While most sushi is manmade, it takes inspiration from tuna slumber parties where mother fish send prepubescent albacore to neighboring reefs with rice-lined seaweed sleeping bags. Taste an oceanic tradition with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sushi and more at Uni: A Sushi Place.
Uni serves fresh sushi rolls and classic Japanese cuisine in a welcoming, lively atmosphere. Nudge napping taste buds with a starter such as black pepper calamari, crisply deep-fried and served with a spicy wasabi cocktail sauce ($5.95) before moving on to a cooked or uncooked entree. Sushi neophytes can opt for a teriyaki or tempura plate, or dip their toes into the seafood pool with a nibble of namesake sea urchin (uni) nigiri ($6.50). Snack on signature sushi offerings including the mango salmon roll filled with refreshing mint, mango, and cucumber ($6), or boldly joust the fiery red dragon roll sporting tasty twin flames of lobster and tuna ($12). Finish with a delectable dessert such as ice cream tempura, ice cream coated in a fried shell, and coated again in a tasty oxymoron.
This energetic eatery matches its sophisticated modern décor with the understated elegance of its cuisine, like a beautifully wrapped present filled with equally beautiful wrapping paper. Pull up a chair under the elegant dim lights of the dining room, or sip on a selection of imported sake at the bar. Uni's lively atmosphere and easy distance from the Dupont Circle Metro make it an ideal place to bring a date, have a delicious meal, and race them home to impress them with your city-navigation skills.
- As a frequent traveler, it's nice to know that I can count on a consistently good meal in a city I visit often. Uni is one of the small treasures I've found in DC. Good-quality sushi, both traditional and inventive selections, for a moderate price and served quickly. – fridaysfws, TripAdvisor
- One of my favorite Sushi places in all of DC! Great food, awesome service, good variety. Highly recommended. – Taylor H., Yelp