Omakase – Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar, San Francisco CA

Wow, the nigiri served during my omakase were, for the most part, pretty amazing! The fish was fresh and melted in my mouth. The rice on my first offering was dry though and the cut of fish was gristly and tough to chew. My kampachi was just plain gross and I actually couldn’t chew through the piece. Some of the fish were also unevenly cut, but besides that they tended to be great. The ocean trout was especially good and literally melted in my mouth!

I tried labeling most of the nigiri below, but I’m not sure how accurate my memory was with the identifications. Please correct me if I’m wrong with any of them.

They also brought me the wrong beer, but didn’t charge me for their mistake so I got a free glass of beer out of it. I appreciated that they took responsibility for their mistake and comped the beer. Good job!

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Maguro, big eye tuna.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Isaki, three line grunt.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Kinmedai, golden eye snapper.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Kampachi, Hawaiian amberjack.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Umi masu, ocean trout.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Tsuri aji, Japanese horse mackerel.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Ao ebi, Caledonian shrimp.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Hotate, scallop.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Shima aji, Japanese striped jack

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Tai, Japanese sea bream.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Saba, mackerel.

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar

Omakase - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar

Henhouse saison beer - Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
Henhouse saison beer. $6

Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar
7×7 Magazine’s Big Eat SF: 100 Things to Try Before You Die

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!

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.