Went there Saturday night as part of a weekend getaway. I heard about it through a DK travel book that listed the Top Ten of everything in every section of DC (really quite handy if you're looking)
First off- did not understand a word anyone said. I think the host asked us is we wanted the bar, Japanes-style table, or regular table. We ended up in chairs, so I'm guessing we picked regular. Our waitress was great, though cliche- looked about 16, always smiling and bowing, not a clue what we were talkin about... :)
The place is super-Japanese- rice paper screens, a light lute playing, kimonos and all. Very authentic.
The menu is set up similar to tapas or dim sum. Basically it's small plates that are meant to be shared. My friend and I had (forgive the generality)
sauteed shitake mushrooms
raw squid with a hot rock to cook it on (haha)
thin white noodle soup
rice with pickled cherry blossom (an absolute must)
fried shrimp rolls
Everything was excellent, even the wine picked from the *limited* menu. The courses were very fresh, delicate, and presented well.
For someone that dines out 8 times a month, probably one of the best experiences of 2003 so far...