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.

Dynamite & Spider rolls – The Hamilton

Dynamite & Spider rolls - The Hamilton
Dynamite: tempura calamari, spicy scallop, spicy lump crab, habanero tobiko, soy bean paper. Happy hour $7
Spider: tempura soft shell crab, spicy napa cabbage, asparagus, habanero tobiko. Happy hour $6
The Hamilton, Washington DC

Thank goodness The Hamilton was able to restore my confidence in DC’s ability to serve sushi worth eating after my horrible experience at Asia Nine! These rolls were fun and delicious, and you can’t beat their happy hour prices!

Dancing Manhattan cocktail - The Hamilton
Dancing Manhattan: Dancing Pines bourbon, Dolin Vermouth Rouge, splash of Angostura bitters, bourbon soaked cherry. $13

The Concert For Valor
The Concert For Valor. We couldn’t get very close to the stage, but there were screens everywhere and everyone had a great time!

Sushi lunch set – Asia Nine

Sushi lunch set - Asia Nine
California roll, baked salmon roll, nigiri of tuna, salmon, yellow tail, eel, and shrimp. Served with house salad and miso soup. $16
Asia Nine, Washington DC

This sushi was GROSS! The nigiri were dry and definitely NOT fresh. The sushi rice on the rolls were also dry and flavorless. At least you could hide the horribleness with the baked salmon roll since it was hot. This was my first experience with sushi in DC and it traumatized me! And the service and food timing was horrible. One guy didn’t receive his roll until we got our check. Really, that’s acceptable service?!

House salad and miso soup - Asia Nine
House salad and miso soup.

Federal Triangle Flowers, Stephen Robin
Federal Triangle Flowers, Stephen Robin.

Super spider roll – Sala Thai

Super spider roll - Sala Thai
Soft-shell crab tempura, asparagus, avocado, masago, topped with eel sauce. $12
Sala Thai, Washington DC

I think it’s kinda weird that an “authentic” Thai restaurant offers a large sushi menu, but whatever… Anyway, the roll wasn’t very good. It was dry and pretty bland. The unagi sauce was also a weird consistency.

National City Christian Church, Thomas Circle
National City Christian Church, Thomas Circle.

Dragon roll – Wasabi Bistro

Dragon roll - Wasabi Bistro
Shrimp tempura roll topped with unagi, avocado, tobiko. $14
Wasabi Bistro, San Francisco CA

Dragon rolls served at most Japanese restaurants tend to be similar and they’re all pretty good. I mean it has fried things and salty things and plenty of different textures! It’s really a no-brainer as a crowd pleaser. This was a yummy version and a great size.

Skygate sculpture by Roger Barr
Skygate sculpture by Roger Barr, near Pier 39.

Tiger roll – Wasabi Bistro

Tiger roll - Wasabi Bistro
Shrimp tempura, topped with snow crab and walnut. $13
Wasabi Bistro, San Francisco CA

Ugh, I was not a fan of the abundant, goopy white sauce on top. It reminded me of condensed milk (among other things) and it tasted a little sweet too. It definitely turned me off. I tried a piece and left the rest for the table.

Side door
Side door, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.