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100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Sushi Taro
When dining at Dupont mainstay Sushi Taro, do not miss yellowtail belly in either sushi or sashimi form. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published January 27, 2014
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Sushi Taro
Address: 1503 17th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202.462.8999
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Seafood, Sushi, Japanese
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2, open for dinner Monday through Saturday 5:30 to 10. Closed Sunday.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Farragut North
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Marinated whole baby octopus; thin-sliced Kobe beef; nigiri of eel, yellowtail, sweet shrimp, and salmon; sashimi of uni, scallop, and o-toro black-sesame brûlée; house-made mochi.
Price Details: À la carte sushi $6 to $12, sashimi $15 to $22. Omakase menu $100 to $120, kaiseki menu $75, sushi tasting menu $75, sashimi tasting menu $65.

Don’t expect the royal treatment at Nobu Yamazaki’s 27-year-old sushi spot in Dupont Circle. The minimalist dining room knows how good it is, and while staff may fawn over private parties and dignitaries, the average diner often receives more perfunctory service. Thing is, the food is so good it hardly matters. Try a jiggly slice of goma (a custard made from ground sesame paste) topped with lobes of luscious sea urchin, or a spicy scallop roll with translucent slices of sweet mollusk and a habanero-laced sauce. Nigiri and sashimi are excellent across the board, as are small plates such as grilled oysters and seaweed salad.

Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner.

Don’t Miss: Agedashi tofu; wild-horse-mackerel sashimi; nigiri of sweet shrimp, yellowtail, and salmon; mochi.

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