100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Sushi Taro

When dining at Dupont mainstay Sushi Taro, do not miss yellowtail belly in either sushi or sashimi form. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Don’t expect the royal treatment at Nobu Yamazaki’s 27-year-old sushi spot in Dupont Circle. The minimalist dining room knows how good it is, and while staff may fawn over private parties and dignitaries, the average diner often receives more perfunctory service. Thing is, the food is so good it hardly matters. Try a jiggly slice of goma (a custard made from ground sesame paste) topped with lobes of luscious sea urchin, or a spicy scallop roll with translucent slices of sweet mollusk and a habanero-laced sauce. Nigiri and sashimi are excellent across the board, as are small plates such as grilled oysters and seaweed salad.

Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner.

Don’t Miss: Agedashi tofu; wild-horse-mackerel sashimi; nigiri of sweet shrimp, yellowtail, and salmon; mochi.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.