January 2014: We went on a cold and rainy Friday evening. We arrived just before 6pm and the restaurant, though cramped, was nearly empty so we had our choice of seats. I thought the weather might keep other customers away, but no - all the table tops and most of the seats at the sushi bar filled up by the time we left. Another clue that this restaurant must be doing something right. Service is professional, polite, and very efficient. I never felt neglected and that is a rare quality to see, especially during peak busy times.
I enjoyed the complimentary hot green tea while we perused the menu. A few classic Japanese items are available besides sushi, such as tempura and udon noodles. For those more adventurous, an omakase offering is available for $50 per person. Reservations are required and you must sit at the bar to enjoy that unique experience - Keith and I definitely want to return for that soon.
But back to our recap of this visit... Keith started with Miso Soup. A traditional presentation and warming for only $2. As an appetizer we shared the Chicken Karaage - boneless fried chicken pieces. The seasoning was a bit more bland than we are used too, but I appreciated the simple addition of a squirt of lemon juice. We also shared the Mixed Tempura with shrimp and vegetables. Both dishes were lightly battered and fried, and a great way to start off the meal.
|Left to Right: flounder, spicy tuna roll, toro, mackerel, salmon, yellowtail|
Not only is the food exceptional, but the service and price are also top notch. A few points were lost due to the cramped space and plain decor, but that will not deter my return to Sushi Capitol anytime soon.
|Fresh ground wasabi on a shark skin board.|
|omakase - first course|
|omakase - second course|
|omakase - third course|
|omakase - fourth course|
|omakase - fifth course|
Next, we had a hand roll of Japanese sardines and scallions. Again, very fresh and slightly more fishy than the other fish, yet very tasty. The salt was welcomed on my palate.
|omakase - sixth course|
|omakase - seventh course|
Overall, we had a top-notch, authentic omakase experience in DC for a fraction of the cost that one would pay at other high-end Japanese restaurants in the U.S. or Japan. Chef Ogawa professionally balanced his attention to us with plating orders for the main dining room. I highly recommend the omakase at Sushi Capitol - you will get your money's worth and leave with happy bellies.
Total Rating: 4.6
Food: 5, Price: 4.5, Service: 4, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 5
What I ate:
shrimp and vegetables
♥Nigiri♥ & Spicy Tuna Roll
flounder, toro, mackerel, salmon, yellowtail
toro, flounder, tamago