Restaurants & Bars

Yuraku

Slouch | Jul 9, 2003 05:21 PM

Had been on a long hiatus from sushi (almost 6 months), as my better half was pregnant and was told to avoid the stuff during the duration of pregnancy and for a few months after that. I abstained as well out of sympathy. Anyway, with the sushi prohibition repealed in our household, we inhaled a tray full of a sushi/sashimi assortment at this innocuous looking restaurant located in the Fox Chapel shopping center off Fredrick Rd. in Germantown. I hadn't heard of it before, but it was suggested to us by one of my wife's Japanese co-workers, and it was a more convenient option than driving into the city for our other faves, so I was all for giving it a try. The decor is not much to write home about, as it appears to be a family run operation with tasteful but standard decor (although some might so go so far as to call the decor 'chintzy'). On the night we went, it was pretty full up with locals (which was a good sign, but not always a surefire sign that the product is either authentic and/or good). The table spacing could be a little better in some sections of the main seating area, but the presence of a few screens makes gives one the illusion of some privacy. The lighting is a little to bright for my liking but, it's a minor quibble which I'll let slide. I was here for the food. The sushi that I most enjoyed was is the Roe/Quail's egg sampler which gives one about 5-6 pieces of sush; but their toro and albacore tuna pieces really stood out, as well. The albacore had a really good smoky quality to it that made me regret dipping it in the soy/wasabi sauce before tasting it on its own. All together, my wife and I had 18-24 pieces for about $35 (very reasonable compared to what my wallet has endured in the District). We also tried a seaweed/crabmeat salad which was a palatable pairing that I hadn't had before. There was other stuff on their extensive menu, which we didn't try because we were there mainly for the sushi/sashimi. I know it's a long way away from many of the CH's stomping grounds, but if you find yourself in this neighborhood and numbed by the sheer density of chain restaurants, give this place a try.

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