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)
Among the rules many food lovers live by, one of the most common is never to expect good food at a place with a great view.
Unless that place is Sushi Sono, where the raw fish might make you forget that Lake Kittamaqundi is framed majestically by tall windows. Chef/owner King Lin sends out dishes of such beauty that patrons reach for their smartphones before digging in.
Lin is a serious shopper, and he works with a craftsman’s care for the materials—qualities that are on display in his conversation-stopper: a mackerel fashioned into a riverboat flanked by sashimi on one side, nigiri on the other.Don’t miss: Sunomono (shellfish and cucumber in a sweet vinegar sauce); oshinko (Japanese pickles); soft-shell crab with ponzu; daily sashimi; Bridal Veil Roll, with spicy lobster salad; Dragon Roll, with shrimp tempura and lobster; yellowtail, mackerel, and salmon nigiri. Open: Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Expensive.