10215 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Snow Balls, panko-rolled, deep-fried shrimp croquettes dusted with Old Bay; shrimp hand rolls; sashimi or horse mackerel (ask the kitchen to fry the skin and bones for a pleasurable treat)
Sushi has become so popular that you can find a decent sushi bar in lots of neighborhoods. It's rare, though, to find a place that flies in fish from Japan and reminds you with every slice of sashimi, every roll, that sushi-making is an art.
The lakefront restaurant is so perpetually packed that if you don't see a line out the door on a weekend night, you can assume it's closed. The blond-wood room abounds in good cheer, thanks to waitresses both gracious and efficient. When diners aren't gazing out at Lake Kittamaqundi, they're studying the sushi bar, where chef/owner King Lin and his team of cooks assemble the area's most inventive rolls.
What to get: Salted edamame; Snowball, an Old Bay-dusted mound of minced shrimp; sunomono, a lightly pickled dish of fish and cucumbers; aji three ways, a showstopping presentation of sashimi and nigiri of horse mackerel (the kitchen then fries the carcass until it crunches like potato chips); dragon roll topped with lobster; Neptune Garden roll of shrimp, crab, and avocado bound in lettuce; sashimi of scallop, yellowtail, salmon, and mackerel.
Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Moderate to expensive.