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Japanese, Asian
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First and Foremost, as noted this is a chef-driven restaurant with a very talented guy at the helm. He works alone, which explains some of the pacing issues on the omakase, although the place itself is tiny. Also bare-bones; I have never had food this...good in a place so shabby. And in an obscure area. Upshot is what is saved on the outside seems to make it into the food. Chef is proud to serve REAL Wagyu beef, with the ID certificate displayed from the cow itself. Small quibble: menu says local and seasonal, but in March we had Chilean Sea Bass (delicious though) and Lamb from NZ. Sashimi course was other-wordly. Amazing value, you can easily pay double for a similar meal in NYC (we have). I would go back.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed June 29, 2020

So so fortunate this crown jewel is within walking distance of our home. Celebrated an anniversary there last night. Chef/owner Yuh Shimomura has an incredible talent and gift - this modern Japanese cuisine is exquisite. The 6-course tasting is plentiful and you will leave happy...and full - believe me! We felt very safe: Chef and our server both wearing masks and appropriately spaced in this intimate seating area with the other guests. On to the food and experience: a value, believe me. Better than any Nobu in the country and the freshness, creativity and incredible flavor of our food was first rate. I was so intrigued by the beautiful bowls and plates too. I don't eat meat and my fiancé communicated that to the restaurant well in advance. I know it was probably a pain because two of the courses for our dinner were meat based - they accommodated and I was so thrilled with my black cod! When dessert came, I thought there was NO WAY I could eat that. Green tea ice cream, berries, shave ice. Of course I finished it... We each had a couple glasses of Gruner Veltliner and a French Chablis and it is always so wonderful to have the wine chilled at the perfect temperature.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed February 25, 2020

My partner and I visited this restaurant twice. I was initially drawn to it because it offered "Nabe," a kind of winter soup that I loved when I lived in Japan, and other homestyle dishes. Our first experience was other-worldly. The quality and presentation of...the dishes, the service, and atmosphere all warranted a 5++ rating. But the second time, we were truly disappointed. The dishes were genuinely not that impressive and the service was slow. Perhaps this was because we had such high expectations after our first experience, or because we went at 6:30 when the place was packed (our first reservation was for 8:30, both on Saturdays) ; the two waitresses struggled to get dishes to each table in a timely manner. Given that the menu is fixed each evening, it is rather hit or miss what you will get when you go. But I am guessing our second experience was just an off-night; it is a small operation and the chef/owner clearly puts great care into choosing high quality ingredients and in preparing original and beautiful dishes. Just plan to be patient. And if you want more attention, go later in the evening when it's less crowded and you're likely to have better service.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed January 13, 2020

Tiny Japanese restaurant with a Japanese chef and a menu that changes daily based on the freshest ingredients available that day. Exceptional quality, beautiful presentation and fun dining experience. The wait staff is attentive and informative explaining each dish as it was served. Hard to...know what was best in the 5 course prix fixe meal. On the last visit, we started with a sake steamed tile fish with fried tofu. Next was assorted sashimi—we opted for the upgrade and it included sea urchin (a delicacy), some Argentinian shrimp, sea trout, Japanese scallops, yellowfin tuna and several other fresh sashimi. A fried pork tenderloin served medium rare over a foie gras miso followed and was divine. Perhaps my favorite of the evening was the Mussel Noodle Soup brought to the table by the chef himself because of its subtle flavors. For dessert there was a house made yuzu frozen yogurt with pastry. Every bite of every dish was delicious. There is an optional sake pairing available. We opted for wine and some Japanese beer. Reservations required. I only counted about 20 places to sit down.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 12, 2019 via mobile

We were looking forward to our evening out with family for a while. We arrived on time, got seated at a table (next to a storage room door). We had the tasting menu with sake pairings. The first 2 courses took a very long time...to get. The next ones arrived before we were ready. At the end if the meal moments after we finished our last course my husband wads told we needed to leave. We spent a lot of money on our evening there and never have we been asked to give up our table, especially when the delay was partly their fault. As good as the good was the experience was not and we will not return.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 19, 2019

A delightful experience in a small, quaint bistro in Alexandria. The menu is price fixe, but you are given the option of an upgrade and by all means, I would very much recommend it. The service was very personal, the food delicious, and the ambiance...pleasant. There was a bit of a delay at points, but there is only one chef who prepares ALL of the meals and so this was understandable - not a negative at all. If you are in the Alexandria area, this place is definitely worth checking out if you like sushi served as a complete meal. The fried oyster cake was outstanding, the sashimi fresh and very tasty (the upgrade here is worth the additional price), the lamb chop was incredibly tasty, and the lobster and mushroom miso soup was the best that I've ever had. All of this was topped off by their housemade chestnut ice-cream. It is truly worth a visit.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 4, 2019

Overall, we were treated extremely well here and the whole experience was wonderful. We had a LOT of good food and don't worry if the sashimi plate looks skimpy. They'll feed you a ton! We had delicious soup, amazing sashimi, and really good stew/sea bass...agedashi. My sole gripe is that the pork stew AND the sea bass agedashi were quite heavy and rich in umami. I kind of wanted one of them to be a bit lighter. But everything else was amazing and mouth watering.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed August 31, 2019 via mobile

Wonderful, inventive food that never disappoints. The menu changes daily and is always fresh, seasonal, and creative. The Chef’s flavors are perfect. I have eaten here many times and it is wonderful every season of the year.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 6, 2019 via mobile

I've never had a bad meal here, the menu constantly changes and the quality of food is exceptional. Suggest making reservations well in advance, this place is always packed. The seating is very limited, they only have two seatings per night. Definitely worth the wait,...the experience eating here is special, a must try for any true foodie.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed May 20, 2019 via mobile

We've eaten here several times in the last year, and brought friends along to try. Everyone loves this place. The preset meal always changes, depending on the ingredients available that day. The Chef does a masterful job with presentation and flavor variety. It's tough getting...reservations here, recommend scheduling weeks in advance. You can expect a Michelin worthy meal here, the Chef is extremely talented. A must try for the serious foodies.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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