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Sushi Bar at Sushi Ogawa, $100 Omakase Only with World Class Sashimi and Sushi, Connecticut Avenue in North Dupont

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DonRocks   

Let me start by saying I've never been to Japan, and I've never been to Masa.

That said, for my personal preference, Japan is second only to France for my favorite cuisine, and I am very much of a sushi and sashimi hound - it's just about my favorite thing (along with foie gras, caviar, etc.)

I had, without much doubt, the best Sashimi-Sushi Omakase I've ever eaten on Wednesday night at the Sushi Bar at Sushi Ogawa, and I've been to most of the great sushi specialists in the U.S. and Vancouver. 

The only option is a $100 omakase, and I highly advise all diners to call and see if Chef Ogawa will be working before they commit to this meal.

My friend made the reservation under her name, and I have no reason to think I was recognized, but boy, this sure seemed like more than the "12-14 courses" they advertise. I don't rule out the possibility that I was spotted, but regardless, I'm spotted at most other top Japanese restaurants in DC, and nobody has put out sashimi and sushi like this before, not even the great Sushi Taro.

I had made an exception to my own unwritten rule (the only other one-visit Bold I've ever made has been Elements in Princeton, NJ), and initialized Sushi Bar at Sushi Ogawa as such (this was absolutely the best meal I've had in 2017, my dining partner said it was by far the best sashimi-sushi she's ever eaten, and I've spent nearly 8 weeks this year in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles), but just to be prudent, I'm going to wait for other people to chime in. 

There are numerous Michelin 3-star sushi restaurants in Japan, but I honestly cannot envision any sashimi-sushi-driven meals being much better than this, even though I'm sure they are. Still, this raised the bar for me, personally, by a fair amount. About the only thing that fell short of excellence was the crème brûlée (it was fine, but Koji Terano can rest easy).

If you go with another person, treat yourselves to a .720ml bottle of Eikun "Big Hawk" Junmai Ginjo sake ($65 on their list, and it will carry you through the entire meal).

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For traditional nigiri, Ogawa is the best.  Sushi Taro has a much wider selection of seafood to choose from though.  And Kobo is the rococo version of sushi.

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lion   

Really need to get over there to try it out. But still holding out that I'll be able to make Tokyo this fall. 

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DIShGo   

I had the pleasure of dining with Don at Sushi Ogawa on Wednesday evening, and it was, without a doubt, the best sushi/sashimi meal I have ever enjoyed. I lived 25 years in Northern California, and tried many sushi restaurants there, as well as in Los Angeles and Hawaii. This meal, from start to finish, was perfection.

The traditional nigiri (my favorite type of sushi) was impeccable. Wonderful rice beneath fish that melted in my mouth, enhanced with the perfect swipe of sauce and other toppings. Other notable dishes were the fried shrimp and miso soup with clams. The sashimi was fabulous, and the selection of seafood we were offered was abundant. The tuna sashimi was rich and meaty--the most flavorful tuna I ever recall eating.

We enjoyed speaking with Chef Ogawa as he prepared each course. Several times, feeling quite satiated, I was certain the meal was about to end, but the courses kept coming, each as delicate and delicious as the ones before.

I can't say enough about this meal. It was flawless, and one I will never forget.

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B.A.R.   

I am going to be all over this. The single greatest meal I ever had was prepared for me by Masaya at the Sushi Taro Omakase counter. Five years later, I can recite the entire progression of that meal.

Cara and I will be there in Tuesday, and I'll be  sure to tell her that Don says "Hi"  since he neglected to do it in person several years ago at Toki Underground! :P

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astrid   

Omakase at Sushi Taro and omakase at the bar at Ogawa are completely different beasts.  For extravagance and variety, Sushi Taro is amazing.  But I prefer Ogawa for the rice and for serving the fish a little warmer, which improves the taste and texture a lot. 

Definitely make sure that you eat at the bar if you can, it's a big step up from table service (which I was a little disappointed by).  Then again, my experience is that sushi is always much better if you can eat at the bar. 

I would be curious to hear how top tier sushi in Japan compares to what's available in North America.  The only Japanese sushi I've ever eaten was at sushi Kyotatsu in Narita.  It was quite good, probably in my top 10 sushi eating experience.  I know Kyotatsu is famously *good for airport* sushi, but it does make me wonder what's on offer in the rest of Japan.

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Japan (lion)

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dpamlin   

Given that afelton and Mark know what they're doing (and they do), I think Marty's comment must be taken seriously. I can assure people that while Chef Ogawa was serving us, there is *no way* he was making any food for the dining room. As of right now, based on what I've heard and experienced, I'll go and drop $100 at the Sushi Bar 10-out-of-10 times before I come here right now - even if it costs double, it's worth it, despite the price restricting it to something of a special-occasion experience.

Sushi counter at Ogawa is my favorite meal in the city.  Better than P+P or Komi, and at half the price too!  And as far as other sushi spots, it blows Taro and others out of the water.

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