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Nasime in Old Town

FoodDude2 | Jun 29, 201804:06 AM

If you haven't been here yet, you should put it on the top of your list. I have seen it named in the top 100 restaurants in the DMV the last two years but finally got here last night. It is an excellent and underrated spot. Very intimate setting with only about 10 tables and a few counter seats. It is Japanese Kappo cuisine, which is something in between formal kaiseki and an informal izakaya. The menu changes daily and is a set menu. 5 courses including a small appetizer, sashimi, fish/meat dish, hot pot and dessert. Price is $55/pp.

The night we went we were served a cold edamame chowder with lobster, black truffle, and a shiso pico de gallo. Our sashimi course included blue fin tuna, kanpachi, seared blue marlin, baby herring, and barracuda. Our next course was charbroiled uni coated golden tilefish topped with salmon roe. Our hotpot included a fried soft shell crab that was stuffed with a crab cake as well fried tofu balls stuffed with lotus root, udon noodles, a soft poached egg all in a delicious dashi broth. Dessert was relatively simple but delicious. A green tea ice cream made with mascarpone cheese over a bed of shaved ice toped with some kind of Japanese molasses type syrup as well as coconut and lemongrass flavored jellies.

Overall, this was an excellent meal for what felt like a very reasonable price for the level of service and quality of ingredients served.

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