100 Very Best Restaurants: – Nasime

About Nasime

1209 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

One of the most in­spired—and inspiring—dining experiences around unfolds in this sliver of an Old Town storefront, where chef/owner Yuh Shimomura conjures up a single seven-­course menu in the open kitchen. Recent highlights were barely cooked slices of Japanese short rib with truffled soy sauce; glistening bonito and sea-bream sashimi; and a melty egg custard with Chesapeake oysters and ginkgo nuts. Sakes and Japanese highballs pair well with the briny, earthy flavors. Expensive.