Tucked away in a chic Art Deco building amid the bustling streets of Dupont Circle is one of DC’s most raved-about new sushi restaurants. Chef Minoru Ogawa’s intimate restaurant makes room for 34 diners including 7 at the sushi counter for omakase.
Chef Ogawa is also the man behind the popular Sushi Capitol. He’s a seasoned sushi expert having run programs at every Mandarin Oriental on the East Coast before opening his new restaurant. With close connections with local distributors and suppliers, you can be sure there are more than 20 types of fish and shellfish featured at the bar each day.
Overall: ★★★★☆ Good sushi, personalised service.
The appetisers of cold crab with kelp and chilled tofu topped with ikura were fresh but pretty ordinary.
As was the sashimi plate. Sometimes I think of salmon as a sort of lazy option to showcase. Although the mackerel was very flavourful and on point.
Then came the much-awaited sushi! I’ll just let the pictures do the talking, but overall, the rice was well-cooked and seasoned (although not as tasty as Tanoshi’s), the fish was extremely fresh and there was a lot of personal attention from Chef which we really appreciated.
Our USD$100 omakase meal was supposed to come with about 10-11 pieces of sushi, but Chef Ogawa offered up 14 pieces until we were completely stuffed. He’d customise the sushi for every customer and no two of us at the table got the same combinations, which made the whole dining experience feel even more personal. We ended off with an aburi salmon handroll and this trio of desserts — a frosted Baumkuchen cake, green tea mochi and a slice of orange.
When it comes to value, Sushi Ogawa’s omakase which comes with 13-14 pieces of sushi, 3 appetisers and a dessert definitely takes the cake. The sushi is delicious too and if you’re in DC craving some Japanese goodness, do pop by and give this a shot. Remember to make reservations, because the place fills up fast.
Address: 2100 Connecticut Apartments, 2100 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA