Aji Nippon
Tiny sushi and teriyaki house tucked in downtown Bethesda.
Reviewed By Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 6, 2006
Aji Nippon
Address: 6937 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-654-0213
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:45 to 2 and 5 to 9:15, Friday 11:45 to 2 and 5 to 9:45, and Saturday 5 to 9:45. Closed Sundays.
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Fatty tuna maki with chili or scallions; squid maki with plum; seaweed salad; tempura; shu mai and gyoza dumplings; scallop teriyaki; beef tataki.

September 2003

You could almost miss this sliver of a sushi restaurant. Fans of the already snug Japanese eatery would love to keep it that way. Service is leisurely--only one waitress has been on duty when I've been there--but sushi is expertly done, as are cooked items on the menu. Besides sushi and sashimi standards like fatty tuna, yellowtail, salmon, and uni, there are intensely flavored novelties like cod roe and sea eel. Embellishments keep things interesting: rolls of crunchy aged soybeans, squid with plum, and fabulous fatty tuna with chili or scallions. Other high points on the menu are a briny seaweed salad, brittle and greaseless tempura, and delicate dumplings of seafood (shu mai) and meat (gyoza). Scallop teriyaki and beef tataki are winning dishes you'll wish were on more local menus.
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