Yellowtail sashimi – The Source

Yellowtail sashimi - The Source
Pickled jalapeno, citrus ponzu. Happy hour 3 food items for $22
The Source, Washington DC

This is a pretty good appetizer! You can choose any 3 items on their lounge menu for twenty two bucks. Count me in! This sashimi was ok. I question the freshness of the fish. It didn’t taste old or bad, but it also didn’t taste super fresh.

Atlas District Common draft beer - The Source
Atlas District Common draft beer. $8

Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon VA.

Garlic scallop & spicy salmon hand rolls – SEI

Garlic scallop & spicy salmon hand rolls - SEI
Open sushi hand rolls. Happy hour $4 each
SEI, Washington DC

I definitely liked the spicy salmon more than the garlic scallop. The scallop hand roll tasted off and the texture was mushy. The spicy salmon had a more distinct flavor and a nice firm texture.

Faux Punishment cocktail - SEI
Faux Punishment: rum, star of anise, aromatic bitters, citrus. Happy hour $8

Spicy miso ramen – Daikaya

Spicy miso ramen - Daikaya
Shiro-miso, roast pork (chashu), bean sprout, onion, garlic, ground pork, nori, and scallion. Add butabara kakuni (pork belly). $16.25
Daikaya, Washington DC

This place is super popular and busy during lunch (and I’m sure at night as well). I was able to squeeze into the counter to enjoy my bowl of ramen. The spicy miso broth very tasty, but I feel like it was a bit on the salty side. I’m glad I opted for the additional pork belly.

Daikaya
Small kitchen area where the magic happens!

Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Volcano & Dynamite wasabi rolls – Raku

Volcano & Dynamite wasabi rolls - Raku
Volcano: shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, eel, avocado, cucumber, roe, spicy mayo, eel sauce. $9
Dynamite Wasabi: tuna, salmon, yellow tail, wasabi fish roe. $8.50
Raku, Washington DC

These rolls were ok. The sushi rice was really dry though so I couldn’t get over that part. I liked the flavors of both, but they were difficult to eat because of the crappy rice.

Kirin Ichiban beer - Raku
Kirin Ichiban Japanese draft beer.

Old Post Office Pavilion
Old Post Office Pavilion.