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  1. The Waterfront Market & Cafe held their press preview last week and friends and family grand opening on Sunday. The official public opening date has been announced as next Tuesday, November 26. Based on photos from the various events, the space looks great and it should be a very nice addition to the quite limited options located directly on the water. There's definitely a push to draw locals in with the "back to your waterfront" tag line. The menu will include custom sandwiches, salads, prepared gourmet items, beer and wine to go (or drink there), fresh sushi, pastries, etc., with similar items available for purchase at the retail market. More specifics here, via LocalKicks. Jody Manor, the owner of Bittersweet Cafe and Catering (in business since 1983), knows a thing or two about creating a sustainable, successful business, so here's wishing him a long run in this latest venture. I'm looking forward to checking it out soon after it opens!
  2. 06/12/2015 - "Morihio Onodera Turns His Culinary Artistry Into Pottery Creations" by S. Irene Virbila on latimes.com (Note that Chef Onodera sold Mori in 2011 to Chef Nagano.)
  3. Have folks tried Rien Tong which is located where Hope Key used to be? Their menu is half Chinese, half Thai food. We've ordered delivery from them a few times, and we've liked the dishes we've tried so far. I don't know that it would be worth a special trip to go there, but seems like a decent delivery/neighborhood place. I had a crispy fish filet with basil and hot peppers that was still crispy when it arrived, and their kung pao tofu is pretty good. The steamed vegetarian dumplings taste similar to the ones that Meiwah has - which means some may like them (like us), some may not. They have a thicker, doughy shell and the filling has thin noodles, egg, and vegetables.
  4. Curious if anyone here has tried this restaurant in Tysons? It is in the same space where Konami used to be, right on Rt. 7 very close to a BP gas station, down a block from the Olive Garden. You don't see too many Ramen places in Northern VA. Feedback from some other sites is generally mixed and wondering if anyone here has thoughts. Thanks!
  5. Kana Sushi is a new sushi restuarant out in front of the Springfield Plaza on Old Keene Mill Road. It is very small, with only four seats at the sushi counter and a few tables in the front, and 3-4 more down the hall towards the Old Keene Mill exit. [Perhaps the highlight of the meal was the conversation I overheard between the manager of Kana and a couple who, as I heard (they were loud) had just come over from Italy to open a new pizza restaurant in Springfield Town Center. They were heavily accented, so I'm guessing Springfield is soon to be getting a real pizza restaurant. Or maybe I'm just being hopeful.] I'll start with Kana's negatives....someone needs to tell the management that the sound track is too loud and too targeted at Millennials. My first conversation with the waitress was drowned out by Beyonce, but that conversation was about whether or not they served brown rice. She was enthusiastic when she said that they do, and it's organic! Unfortunately, as she was being drowned out by Nikki Minaj on her return trip, I think she was saying that they didn't have brown rice. They ran out! So I ordered the sashimi platter while my tablemates tucked into a variety of sushi. Here's another drawback -- whoever is preparing the sashimi is slicing the absolute largest pieces I have ever seen. These must have been 2-oz. pieces of sashimi, and were somewhat difficult to eat with chopsticks. I was tempted to ask for a steak knife to cut them in half. However, on the positive side, the quality of the fish was impeccable. I don't know where they source their product, but it was pristine last night. Also on the positive side, the pricing appeared to be reasonable by suburban sushi and sashimi standards. So, I just might pop in my ear plugs and return a few times, but only if I call ahead and determine that brown rice is available!
  6. Walked by the restaurant which looks to be under construction at the Mosaic. Anyone heard any news?
  7. Just opened sometime in the last week or so. For reference, this is in the site that was previously Stage Burger, and was Sabroso before that. And since that didn't help you for reference, it's two doors closer to the Fillmore than The Classics. http://www.zensaisushi.com/ Haven't been able to see much, as they have large logo decals blocking out much of their window space, and a large Christmas tree occupying one of the two double doors, so visibility from the street is minimal. I will say this much, though - it leaves a sour taste in my mouth when you run to Yelp to put a five-star review up for your own restaurant, complete with obvious press photos that also appear on the restaurant's website.
  8. It's been tough waiting for HECOB to reopen. So bad, I half remembered Todd Kliman's snippet last summer about Dim Sum being served at Tai Shan in Montgomery Village. This location has always been pretty steady for mains even before the name/ownership change [back in the pre-butterstick, Peking Supreme days]. A couple of Sundays ago I went and found that a display case of tendon, seaweed peanuts and other cold dim sum had replaced the first couple of booths inside the dining room. The dim sum is ordered from a menu [attached], not carts, and is delivered from the kitchen when ready. I had pumpkin pancake [more like a bun], scallion pancake [no too oily] and pan-fried pork buns. The setting is almost serene compared with New Fortune and seemed to pick up after noon with Asian families. TaiShanDimSum_Dec2009.PDF
  9. If this restaurant is already in the Dining Guide, then please move this post. But I couldn't find it and it's not a chain, so here I go....good find! Shiki Sushi had me expecting a typical suburban sushi place with some Asian fusion and so-so sushi. After all, the good sushi places are all downtown, right? Get your butts to Shiki Sushi in the Ballston Mall, and get there soon, before they discover that their quality is high above the typical suburban sushi joint. The sushi in this place is pristine as all get-out, and the quality is top notch. Lady KN and I had ample amounts of tuna, salmon, toro, shrimp and eel nigiro -- each one was spectular -- as well as spicy tuna roll and spider roll. I would eat here daily if I could. What a pleasant Mall surprise. I asked and asked and asked again, and they are not part of a chain. I don't know if that's good or bad in their case, because Mall rents can be rather hefty, but this is a first-class sushi restaurant. But this place is quite the surprise as far as quality goes, and I'll need to circle back to confirm that over multiple visits and multiple menu selections. But suffice it to say, as Northern Virginia sushi is concerned, Shiki Sushi is now in my rotation. http://www.shikisushiballston.com/
  10. Had a few business related meals and my company's Christmas Party at Hoang's in Falls Church. I'm surprised it hasn't been written about, but I think I understand that. With all the genuine Asian food available all over the Falls Church area, this little restaurant would never really be my first choice. But if I had a "Pan-Asian" choice strictly PF Chang's and Hoang's, I would pick Hoang's in a heartbeat. Add Cafe Asia to the mix and I would pick Cafe Asia for food, Hoang's for atmosphere/ambiance and PF Chang's for service. The food here is credible, not special. The lunchtime menu is a once-over Asia, and the flavors are fresh and bright. But if you have a real hankering for Thai, or Chinese, or Vietnamese, then go to one of the many options available all over Falls Church.
  11. Didn't give this place a second thought when it opened, thinking "another strip mall sushi place" However, today's review by Eve Zibart in the Post makes it sound like a place definitely worth checking out.
  12. At my desk craving sushi and had no idea where to go for take out. Google search and this place came up. Website offered lunch special - $9.95 for three rolls. I'm game so I head over - crazy strip of haphazard stores facing Shady Grove Road on one side, this place around the corner facing Gaither Road. Ordered yellowtail roll, Philadelphia Roll and Spicy White Tuna roll. Got some eel nigiri too. I'm no sushi expert but the fish was fresh, rolls presented nicely and held together well, and the eel nigiri provided generous portions. I thought the yellowtail roll was kind of small so I'll stick to nigiri yellowtail next time. Staff was friendly and restaurant area had a few lunch patrons on a rainy day. I'll go again for sure. Nancy
  13. Does that go for their root beer as well? I used to look forward to a decent draft root beer when visiting Hard Times, which carries Old Dominion.
  14. I was walking up 18th St. NW yesterday, and noticed the renovation of a storefront just past Mandu. The awning is pink and reads Cherry (or Cherry Hill, can't remember exactly), and announces a new sushi bar/ Japanese restaurant. Interesting! No opening date posted. Anyone know anything about this?
  15. Took little man up for a two day jaunt to Manhattan; thought it was time he explore the wonders of the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty, and of course, take in a Broadway show. Needing sustenance before the show, a quick interweb search yielded this gem: City Kitchen. Like Chelsea or Gotham markets, but more conveniently located at 700 8th Avenue at 44th Street, its front was very unobtrusive, a small wooden sign hung above regular glass door. Once upstairs, though, you find masses of people, trying to plan out their meal from appetizers to dessert, fighting to find precious cubic footage to park and enjoy the triumphant eats. Ippudo Ramen opened a small outpost here called Kuro Obi; we split a Shiro-obi Classic ($12) and Pork Buns ($9). I find I am consistently disappointed by Ippudo in NYC--either the flavor is off or the ramen lacked that familiar bounce that its Japanese cousins try so hard to bring out. Little man liked the ramen, happily slurping his way, so all was not lost. As for the pork buns, I find that I prefer Momofuko's, as the fat melts a bit, with the meat looser, falling apart, whereas, here, the meat was slapped on, much like a burger at a fast food chain. If only it could share its feelings... Dough was a nice find, as I wanted little man to try a good doughnut, which I just haven't been able to find here in DC (haven't tried a few of the new places, but I don't like Astro or GBD ones). But I still prefer Doughnut Plant's.... Finally, the star for us was finding fluff ice or snow ice, where they freeze the flavors into the ice and shave that as your ice foundation. Wooly was definitely worth the relief from the humid heat New York offered this past weekend. You choose a 12oz or 16oz bowl, pick your foundation (ours was root bear float), pick 3 toppings (strawberries, mochi, & pocky), and then, finally the finish (chocolate drizzle).
  16. Tonight.... left the restaurant at 9:30 and bopped over to Tako Grill. Perfect Toro sashimi. Like jelly, melt in your mouth smooth with real wasabi and nuta sauce. Well worth the 17.00 price tag Ankimo Sashimi- big cuncks on the first order, thinner center slices on the second. Orange soy reduction with green onions and baby ginger shoots. Again, perfect. Grilled things- tongue, eggplant, asparagus, fried tofu, garlic cloved- good to great items. The tongue especailly. Takua Shisho hand roll, Ume Shisho hand roll, two pieces of Uni. The Uni was serves without the traditional cup of seaweed to support it- it was that firm. The tow handrolls were superb, tangy pcikles and the perfect balance of stuff to rice. Ichinokura and Suishin Sake - 3 tokurri of cold sake, very flavorful Suishin won the night. Total bill just $100, well worth it for the exquisite stuff we had. Tonights meal was a bargain compared to our last meal at Kaz (way more expensive) and Kotobuki (way cheaper but no where near as good). Good value doesn't always mean cheap. I'd rather drop $100 at Tako than $60 at Kotobuki. I feel more pampered and more satisified.
  17. This place opened a few months ago and I've become a big fan. There's a sushi bar (sushi is decent but not the real star)and other Japanese dishes. There's chawanmushi (an egg custard soup) that's very tasty, as well as delicious onigiri ($2), Japanese rice balls filled with either dried plum, seaweed, or grilled, salted salmon. There's a separate room with 6 tables with grills built in for Japanese barbecue, Yakiniku. There's a choice of several types of meat (short rib, skirt, tongue, etc.) and I've tried most of them and was really impressed. Please let me know who else has been there and what you thought. Website is at: www.satsuma-jp.com
  18. Sticky Rice will be the 2nd new sit down place on H St., after Granville Moore's, and tonight there's a free sushi tasting at Rock & Roll Hotel.
  19. Has anyone ever been to this place? I've seen their ad in the metro at Bethesda - it says opening Fall 06, but I'm not sure if it has opened yet. Here is their website: http://www.dysfunctionalcuisine.com/ [No longer works] Apparently there is already one in Annapolis: http://www.yinyankee.com/ [No longer works] What's the word?
  20. This is a hidden sushi gem in a city crawling with sushi joints. You almost don't want to share it with friends because it could mean that in a restaurant that only seats around 25 you may not be able to get one. Where else can you find the best scallop around for a dollar a piece and toro for less than $2? One my first visit I asked if they had natto, fermented soy beans that many Japanese restaurants do not carry. On my third visit the waitress, who remembers me each time I go, mentioned that they had started carrying natto and would I like a roll? One of the highlights that makes this restaurant so special is the house made soy sauce. This is no Kikoman you are dipping your fish in. Keep in mind though that it is only available if you eat in. In addition to sushi they also serve eel, chicken and vegetable kamemashi, a Japanese hot pot rice dish served in an iron kettle. One a cold winter day, or cool summer evening, it is perfect. Along with the rice you are served a wonderful assortment of three side dishes, the likes of which you rarely see in a typical Japanese restaurant. For more information check out their web page.
  21. I'd be curious to know who supplies the fish for the high end sushi places in DC. The fish I had at the bar at Sushi Capitol for lunch today was as good as any I can remember (including the private room omakase at Sushi Taro). I wonder how involved the respective sushi chefs are in choosing the product on a daily basis...
  22. Excuse my ignorance, but where is Sushi Sono? Can't say that I've ever heard of it, but if it's truly in the same class as a Tosca or Marcel's, I think I need to make it a point to try it.
  23. How many people in the US work in restaurants? Millions maybe? More than 5 but less than 10? No idea. How many restaurants, in total, are in DC (including the suburbs or whatever)? A thousand? No idea. Of whatever number is right for the DC restaurant question, how many of those have no presence on this, gold-standard, DC food (and more) website? Here, I am sure I have the answer! A lot! This topic probably won't stay near the top of the DC restaurant forum for very long. But, in a small way, maybe it honors all those places where people toil and are largely ignored. This is about One Fish, Two Fish. What? You don't know the place? Precisely my point. First, I did check to see if it was here on dr.com. Found this from 2008: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Bluefish ...but that has nothing to do with the restaurant now highlighted with this topic. So what? Why should anyone care about one of the kazillion Chinese American corn starch, MSG temples that crowd cities and small towns across the land? Here's why. 1. The longevity. It's been operating in the same Foggy Bottom location, with the same name, for about 18 years! 2. The Name. It has been sold a few times with the current owners only in place about four years. But never have any overseers messed with the name. And who doesn't love Theodor Geisel?! 3. The location. Right next door to Marcel's, one of our most revered, loved and refined restaurants. One that gets a ton of (deserved) love from Rockwellians. I bet 95% of Marcel's regulars have never stepped into this place, where a big bowl of soup can be had for just a couple bucks. 4. They actually say they don't use MSG so that's something. There are even vegetarian items on the busy menu which suspiciously merges Japanese and Chinese food (usually a bad sign imho). 5. The people are nice though some don't speak English. Lots of smiles. 6. They made an odd* childhood favorite for me without blinking. * As a child, long before I'd even heard of XLB, shumai, manti, pierogi, Kartoffelknoedel, dim sum, Banh bot lol, mandu, momo, gnocchi, samosa, gyoza, and even ravioli, I learned about magical dumplings. I learned to love them and went on to love that there are so many variations from all the continents. When dumplings started merging with newly discovered world history, culture and language, I was permanently hooked. Along this line, as a child, one of my first dumpling loves was the humble wonton. But I also loved egg drop soup. And, for awhile, I had trouble deciding between them during my later, single-digit years. Through childhood, college and well beyond, I've clung to my odd solution to childhood indecision: egg drop soup with wontons! Nothing refined or even healthy about that and not difficult for any Chinese American joint to do. Still, in my experience, most refuse when I ask. Not One Fish, Two Fish! :-) Great or even pretty good food? Not really. But cheap and I'm glad they're there. You should be too. In a world of high-falutin, farm-to-table and $30 entrees, places like this keep people employed, the rest of us grounded, and college students sustained. One Fish, Two Fish even has a website. What's not to like?
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