3 rolls lunch special – Passion Fin

3 rolls lunch special - Passion Fin
Spicy tuna roll. Alaska roll: salmon, avocado and cucumber. Honey Boston roll: shrimp, cucumber, avocado, asparagus, romaine lettuce with honey wasabi sauce. Served with miso soup. $12.50
Passion Fin, Merrifield VA

This wasn’t the best sushi ever, but it was a great value. I wasn’t a fan of their sushi rice (it was really dry and hard), but I liked that you got to choose 3 different rolls to try out. The Honey Boston roll was a nice combination of ingredients. And their miso soup hit the spot!

Miso soup - Passion Fin
Miso soup.

Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park VA.

Morimoto sashimi – Morimoto

Morimoto sashimi - Morimoto
Five assorted sashimi with seven sauces. $25
Morimoto, Philadelphia PA

I’m gonna start by saying that this sashimi assortment was very good. Everything was fresh and tasted great, and all the different sauces were fun and so different. As for the front desk, I thought they were a mess. I had a reservation but still had to wait 20 minutes only to be sat at an empty counter (as you can see from the pic). Ok, I don’t see why I couldn’t have sat immediately there, but I guess they like to give the illusion that their restaurant is uber exclusive and SO busy. Um, you have an empty counter so you’re not THAT busy and you should just seat it! I hate fake exclusivity.

Sushi counter at Morimoto
Empty sushi counter at Morimoto.

Independence Hall
Independence Hall.

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

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!