::ahem:: back to your regularly schedule food-blogging.
On a recent blizzard-y evening, a few of us went out to try Sushiko. It was quite nice! Not as dive-y as our former neighborhood sushi places, but not totally out of reach (price-wise), either.
The menu is pretty huge, and one "problem" I encountered was that I wanted to try all the soups and salads. Warm baby spinach salad with mushrooms and bamboo shoot? Yes, please!
Here's what we enjoyed:
Edamame: Keep in mind that when your server asks offhand, "would you like some edamame?" before you've cracked your menus (in a way that other restaurants mention bread) that it's not free. Just FYI. It won't break the bank though, $4.50.
Smoked mussel and eggplant miso: T liked this dish a lot; at first she was hesitant because she tends to shy away from smoked fish/seafood, but our server told her it didn't have that saltiness that you find in lox or anything, it's basically like normal mussels with a little smokey flavor, in a good way. She believed him, and it turns out he was pretty trustworthy.
Aged tofu with chili daikon and ginger broth: Mm, yum. I love me some cubed, lightly fried 'fu. And look at those teeny tiny mushrooms! Freakin' adorable!!!!!
Pan-fried chicken shiso gyoza: AKA potstickers!!! These were tasty and light, you could pop 'em all night long.
Next dish was a special, something about tuna + Napoleon, and they were basically little tuna sandwiches on these thin crisps. Bite size treats! They came highly recommended by our server, and I'd definitely get them again.
Next up: ROLLS! California, spicy salmon, spicy tuna, and eel, avocado, & egg. I liked them all, but could definitely order a few of the eel rolls just for myself. That sauce is yum yum yum.
Now, we needed dessert the way the DC area needs more snow--seriously, we were full. But J sees "fried" and his eyes light up like a pinball machine. Enter the fried banana and coconut ice cream. It was pretty good--I probably wouldn't do it again. I'm not sure I can get behind the concept of fried fruit, despite the fabulous alliteration.
We'll definitely go back to Sushiko soon, either to dine in or takeout. Friendly service and good food, even in a blizzard.
5455 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD
Metro: Red Line to Friendship Heights