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Sushi Capitol - Owner Can Yurdagul's Sushi on Pennsylvania Avenue and 4th Street on SE Capitol Hill

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I drove by yesterday and saw that the windows were papered over. Anyone know what is happening with Sushi Capitol?

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16 minutes ago, bgn said:

I drove by yesterday and saw that the windows were papered over. Anyone know what is happening with Sushi Capitol?

Had dinner there last weekend and Can was back as the GM. He told us they were planning to close for a few days to give the space a bit of a touch up, including a new counter. 

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Friends of mine who were at the Tune Inn last night said this was open and people were going in and out. etc.

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57 minutes ago, Pat said:

Friends of mine who were at the Tune Inn last night said this was open and people were going in and out. etc.

Can is GM and, as of Dec 1, 2019, sole owner of the business - furthermore, he now owns the building, which reopened after fairly major renovations. They're doing nightly service at Mirai, and will soon be unveiling a third DC location (you heard it here first).

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Had dinner at Sushi Capitol last night with some friends. Scrolling through this thread, I noticed that before our last visit mid-February, my last review of Sushi Capitol was April 2017. It's not that we hadn't gone there since, it was just that there was not much to write home about. The fish, while good, had stopped being as exciting and we felt like we were getting the same nigiri each time. After two visits, I can say that Can's ownership of Sushi Capitol has breathed new life into the place. 

Under the new chef, Chef B, we enjoyed some creative nigiri such as red snapper with grated egg yolk on top, Maine uni with some grapefruit, and tuna marinated in citrus/soy sauce. We also had some traditional nigiri (o-toro and mackerel), and experienced some new and/or interesting fish like needlefish and gizzard shad. The fish was amazing and we had a great time. Can't wait to go back.

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3 hours ago, eatruneat said:

This is at 6th & H NW, where Beef and Bread used to be. 

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excited to see progress on this, and happy for a high quality sushi establishment to be moving close to my work (yes, SEI is good too).

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Oh wow, this will be very convienent for me. Will this just be takeout?  Small space. 

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3 hours ago, DaRiv18 said:

Oh wow, this will be very convienent for me. Will this just be takeout?  Small space. 

There will be dine in options. Six counter seats which Can plans to reserve for omakase only. And then there will be seating along the walls for people want to do a quick bite. Can also mentioned chirashi bowls for lunch and onigiri for eating on the go. 

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Ugh. Stopped by today on Saturday night, after the Caps home opener. 9:30pm. They turned me away because no one is there so they are closing early. 

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Had a very good, creative chirashi today ($21) at the Chinablock location.  Only 12 seats; approximately the same pricing as Takumi, perhaps a bit higher.  Two levels of omakase available: $38 for nine pieces plus handroll; $50 for 12 + handroll. It'll likely be the best sushi in that price-range in the District.

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3 hours ago, Marty L. said:

Had a very good, creative chirashi today ($21) at the Chinablock location.  Only 12 seats; approximately the same pricing as Takumi, perhaps a bit higher.  Two levels of omakase available: $38 for nine pieces plus handroll; $50 for 12 + handroll. It'll likely be the best sushi in that price-range in the District.

Thanks, Marty - I was wondering whether or not to go.

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16 hours ago, Marty L. said:

Had a very good, creative chirashi today ($21) at the Chinablock location.  Only 12 seats; approximately the same pricing as Takumi, perhaps a bit higher.  Two levels of omakase available: $38 for nine pieces plus handroll; $50 for 12 + handroll. It'll likely be the best sushi in that price-range in the District.

It is the best sushi in this price range in DC and has become my go to place for work lunches. Honestly I think the sushi there is better than the sushi I had at my last Kaiseki tasting menu at Sushi Taro

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16 hours ago, Marty L. said:

Had a very good, creative chirashi today ($21) at the Chinablock location.  Only 12 seats; approximately the same pricing as Takumi, perhaps a bit higher.  Two levels of omakase available: $38 for nine pieces plus handroll; $50 for 12 + handroll. It'll likely be the best sushi in that price-range in the District.

I was there yesterday for lunch as well.  Just curious, around what time did you dine?

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34 minutes ago, dpamlin said:

I was there yesterday for lunch as well.  Just curious, around what time did you dine?

2:15ish

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42 minutes ago, Marty L. said:

2:15ish

Ahh, we definitely quasi-dined together then.  I was the other person at the counter, the regular who was finishing as you were getting started.  Glad you enjoyed (and yes, that chirashi is really, really good).

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Is the Capitol Hill location still worth going to? And if so, do I need to look out for anything? That is, should I only go on nights a particular chef is there, or do omikase only?

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7 hours ago, The Doctor said:

Is the Capitol Hill location still worth going to? And if so, do I need to look out for anything? That is, should I only go on nights a particular chef is there, or do omikase only?

I just don't know, and haven't been willing to drop a buck-fifty to find out. Anyone?

Can, would you please write here and reassure our readers? I'd love nothing more than to come again.

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On 1/28/2020 at 3:17 AM, DonRocks said:

I just don't know, and haven't been willing to drop a buck-fifty to find out. Anyone?

Recent yelp reviews (Chinatown location) describe the 12 piece Omekase as reservation only at the counter, $50. Which sounds like worth a shot to me. Will try to report back if I learn/taste more.

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35 minutes ago, petercarrjones said:

Recent yelp reviews (Chinatown location) describe the 12 piece Omekase as reservation only at the counter, $50. Which sounds like worth a shot to me. Will try to report back if I learn/taste more.

I've had the omakase, albeit for lunch (no reservation needed for lunch omakase).  Well worth the $50 (though, in contrast to the Capital Hill location, there are no appetizers or cooked dishes included).  I was served in the style of one piece at a time, though I have seen folks sitting at one of the few non-counter (window) seats be served one plate containing all of the pieces.

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On 2/21/2020 at 10:20 AM, petercarrjones said:

the 12 piece Omakase as reservation only at the counter, $50. Which sounds like worth a shot to me. Will try to report back if I learn/taste more.

Sorry for the delayed report back.. hopefully restaurants will eventually re-open and this review will be useful.

This was basically my first omakase experience and it was pretty cool. They did tuna in a variety of ways- ahi with the fatty and lean sides and another type which I'm forgetting, different types of mackarel. It was very cool to compare and contrast the different cuts and types. Plus, the experience of eating amazing quality of fish was great. The decor and everything about the Chinatown location was no frills. You walk in to a basement with minimalist decor, they grab your coats, confirm you want the omakase, pour some water, and start eating fish.

I didn't expect the high efficiency of the operation. Prepping each bite for my wife and I was very quick. Just about the fastest way to eat through $50 that I've ever experienced. But at the end, I did feel fully satisfied and would go back. Really wonder how it compares to other elaborate operations like Sushi Taro and Sushi Nakazawa.

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