First, the good- the sushi is quite good and all our selections from the chef's tasting were excellent and extremely fresh.
That being said, I'll never go back. I'd only recommend this place to someone looking for a bar/club that happened to also serve food. Way, way too hip for me. I wanted a nice dinner with friends and ending up not being able to talk at all due to the noise. If that were the only problem, I'd let it slide and chalk it up to my own poor research about the place. But the service was awful to boot. Our apps (salad and wontons) arrived 45 minutes after we were seated, and entrees 15 minutes after that. Way, way too long. Second big complaint (and I will admit this is a personal pet peeve) was the wine pour. 3 of us split a bottle of riesling and to start the server poured the glasses way, way too full. About a quarter inch from the brim too full. In my mind, that's a tip they're looking to insure a second bottle is ordered (which we would have anyway, in fact, probably two more). This suspicion was confirmed when the server re-filled the glasses (except mine, I consciously slowed down at the initial pour) when they weren't even close to half empty, finishing off the bottle before we'd even gotten apps. Not cool, and I ended up only drinking the one glass.
DIdn't get better after that. My friend ordered rolls and nigiri but was only served her rolls. When she tried to inquire, the server said that not all the dishes come out at once. Fine. But then the nigiri never came. She finally asked again, and turns out the server hadn't gotten the order for the nigiri. So why the initial excuse about not all dishes coming out at once? She ended up with her nigiri about 15 minutes after the rest of us were finished.
So, a disappointing night, and I can't help but blame myself (I made reservations). Kaz is our default sushi place downtown and I wanted to try something new. I tried to search chowhound, but came up with nothing relevant (I did get a lot of "current" recs though). Next time I'm sticking with tried and true Kaz or Oya.
1215 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036