4822 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, DC 20016
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Open for lunch Monday through Saturday noon to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday and Sunday 5 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday 5 to 10:30.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Ankimo (monkfish liver); sunomono salad; oshizushi; eel kamameshi; eel unadon; fatty tuna and yellw; mango mochi.
Why go: Owner/chef Hisao Abe offers an unbeatable combination at his Beatles-playing walkup in Palisades: sushi that’s both cheap—$2.50 for a piece of toro—and high-quality.
What to get: Oshizushi, Osakan-style pressed sushi usually made with mackerel and served in a wooden box; seaweed salad; eel kamameshi, a kettle-cooked rice casserole; nigiri such as yellowtail, salmon roe, and flounder; spicy scallop roll.
Best for: A quick, quiet meal—the pacing can feel like it’s on fast-forward, especially when there’s a line of customers waiting at the door.
Insider tip: The kamameshi specials—$10.95 at lunch, $17 at dinner—are a true deal: You get eel, chicken, or vegetable casserole plus miso soup, sashimi (dinner only), and an array of small, panchan-like dishes.
Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for dinner.
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