photos courtesy Omakase @ barracks row

From an email:

“Omakase @ barracks row, a multi course Sushi omakase experience, will open Thursday, November 9th on Barracks Row in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. After a series of pop up dinners, the restaurant will debut in their official location at 522 8th Street SE on the second and third floor, above Han Palace. The 21-course Omakase tasting menu is Read More


2019 festival courtesy Wegmans

From Wegmans:

“Our Japanese Seafood and Sushi Festival is returning for the first time since 2019, this time at our Wisconsin Avenue store in Washington D.C. located at the City Ridge complex in Tenleytown.

Wegmans has a long-standing relationship with Japan’s top fishmonger and retailer, Uoriki. Working closely with these partners in Tokyo, we have continued to expand our world-class sushi offerings and we have gained access to the famous Toyosu Fish Market (formerly Tsukiji.)

The Japanese Seafood and Sushi Festival will feature fresh seafood brought in directly from the Toyosu Market. Expert fishmongers from Japan will be flying in to work alongside us, honing seafood knife skills and preparing fish in advance of the festival.

On September 15 and 16, Read More


photo by Mike Fuentes Photography

From a press release:

The sushi omakase, Japanese grill omakase and izakaya—three separate full-service concepts—will be joined by a fast-casual food hall later this year

Internationally renowned Japanese chef and restaurateur Makoto Okuwa, who kicked off his American culinary career as a sushi chef at DC’s beloved Sushi Taro, returns to Washington with the opening of Love, Makoto, a culinary love letter addressed to the city that welcomed him so long ago. Okuwa has partnered with Chef David Deshaies and Restaurateur Eric Eden—the homegrown restaurant team behind Unconventional Diner and L’Ardente—to bring about an ambitious Japanese culinary collection unlike any other. Located at 200 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the 20,000-square-foot space is adjacent to L’Ardente, with the sister restaurants sharing the entire first floor of the Capitol Crossing development in DC’s newly minted East End neighborhood.

“I’m so excited to return to Washington, D.C., to show this city where I have been since we parted, and how those journeys have informed my perspective as a chef,” says Okuwa. “With so many ways to experience Love, Makoto, we hope our diners return again and again—always finding something new to love.”


The Japanese culinary collection will open in two phases. Read More


renderings by Francois Frossard Design

From a press release:

“YUME Hospitality Group, the team behind Arlington’s acclaimed YUME Sushi, will expand its footprint into D.C. with KYOJIN by YUME, an innovative sushi concept coming to Georgetown’s iconic Cady’s Alley at 3315 Cady’s Alley NW Suite B in early 2023. KYOJIN will feature a broader menu of executive chef and co-owner Chef Saran “Peter” Kannasute’s boundary-pushing sushi and omakase, which has gained a devoted following at YUME, along with spirit-driven cocktails and an extensive sake list. KYOJIN will come to life in a warm and elegant 4,700-square-foot space dreamt up by renowned Miami-based design studio, Francois Frossard Design. Read More


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