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Makota, DC (MacArthur)

pam h | Nov 4, 2002 10:15 AM

so after a walk down the C&O Canal -- which is a MAD HOUSE on a sunday afternoon -- we tried to grab something to eat at Old Anglers. Turned away at the door because of our jeans, but were able to sit outside with a hot cider so not a total loss.

(Mike G -- since I know you are cyberstalking me...weigh in if I forget anything!)

Driving down MacArthur Blvd I remembered the recommendation on this board or Makoto (Makota?) -- and boom there it was. We pulled over -- parking gods were smiling -- and went in.

Excellent signs: small place, well designed, you remove your shoes at the door, and Japanese families were happily munching down.

This is not the place for lounging: the tables are low, you sit on a plywood box (in which you can store your jacket) and it's very brightly lit. Reservations are apparently recommended but they seated us without any trouble -- we were on the early side -- probably around 6 pm?

The menu seems to be all small portions -- Japanese tapas, if you will (or maybe that's how it always is? and other Japanese restaurants just cater to American tastes with large plates?).

The sushi -- of which I am not a great fan but will happily eat -- was AMAZING and different (fresher, better tasting, more balanced) than any i have had.
We had fatty tuna (wonderful), salmon, sweet shrimp (which were small and raw...a little too authentic for me, but they tasted fresh. They also have a boiled shrimp sushi) and we got a tuna roll. Later we tried regular tuna (the fatty was much better, to my palate -- very rich and smooth) and had more salmon and a salmon skin roll (I liked less than the tuna roll but that's just because I don't like the tacky skin sticking to my molars. weird feeling).
We got chicken yakitori (a little undercooked but maybe that too is customary? good tasting though) and we had char-grilled orange roughy: wonderful. Sort of a sweet barbeque taste. Think I am forgetting something... Multiple Sapporos (maybe that's why am forgetting). The table next to ours got some hot dish -- with raw beef and mushrooms and something else, cooked quickly on a cast iron skillet. Looked great. Dinner was $100; expensive but felt OK about it as it was clear we were getting something not easily duplicated. Service was great. Highly recommended if you like sushi and what I assume to be authentic Japanese (haven't traveled there so can't say for sure.)

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