Aji Nippon

6937 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20814


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.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

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.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Aji Nippon

Tiny sushi and teriyaki house tucked in downtown Bethesda.

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.