I was so excited to see a positive review of a Japanese restaurant in the wilds of W Fairfax County, where I live, in the Post this Sunday, so I took the opportunity today of having lunch there. I was not disappointed!
The room is very nice, as the review said, with very tasteful decor and furnishings. The place was pretty busy, too, which seemed to be a surprise to the place, since there were too few servers to accommodate the crowds. I sat at the sushi bar, though, where only one other person was seated.
I ordered sushi a la carte, selecting a somewhat eclectic mix of sea urchin, fatty tuna, caviar, eel, baby octopus (a new one for me), and the spicy scallop roll that Tom Sietsema liked so much. I thought the prices were very reasonable, though it turns out that this may be a result of the relatively small pieces of fish they serve, but I actually prefer a more modest portion to the gargantuan ones that have been popular in some places for a while. All the fish was excellent, especially the scallop roll, which as Tom said had a wonderful light mayonnaise-spicy sauce that really complemented the scallops.
My one complaint would be the service--they were just way too slow. While this did not matter to me at the time, since I was busy trying to figure out how to use my new cell phone, I would normally have been displeased at a 15 minute wait--at the bar no less--to be served my order. I am sure the kinks will be worked out in time (I noticed also a 'help wanted' sign--in Japanese--at the front of the place, so clearly they are looking, though how many prospective employees will be able to read it, I don't know), so if you're in Herndon with a yen for sushi (haha) don't hesitate to try this place.
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