Uni – A Sushi Place

Written by on May 24, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(unisushi.net) – Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

How I heard of this place: Seraj, getting ready to celebrate his birthday, suggested it as a place to have dinner together, with a handful of his close friends.

Type of cuisine: At Uni, all of our seafood and meats selections are purchase on a daily basis to guarantee peak freshness. They are then individually sliced and prepared when ordered to ensure the highest of quality.

We also pride ourselves on achieving balance by serving the finest, with dishes presented in ways of the old traditions dashed in contemporary flair. You’ll find that the venue is designed with a warm and lively ambiance, a place to enjoy a light-hearted meal and to simply have fun!

Uni Sushi

Ambiance: Up the dark, wooden stairs from the main street, we enter underneath the Mediterranean blue sign with cute, yellow font to Uni. As if we are about to enter a quirky, Seattle Capital Hill style apartment with creaky wooden floors and white-painted walls, we happily make our way through the bell-laden door and into an unassumingly large space. We are escorted down the bamboo hardwood floors, beyond the sleek sushi bar, away from the orange walls and into the space where green walls are sparsely decorated with four thick, silver-framed photographs. Between seating areas, simple wooden basins hold long, dry shoots of bamboo, extending up towards the ceiling, creating a natural wall. Windows are covered with near-transparent, white curtains, sparkling with flowered embroidery. Our light, birch tables, evenly set apart with ample space between dining parties, give way to uncomfortable wooden-based seats with limited back support. Lighting is soft, with Japanese lantern lamp shades up against the glossy varnish of the orange-toned walls.

Tea Pot

What I ordered: We were eagerly ordering one dish after another, and enjoying (nearly) every bite as our meal progressed. We started with one miso soup with tofu & seaweed ($2.50), one Kaiso & Sesame salad ($4.95) with varieties of seaweed and cucumber, topped with crispy rice noodle,

Seaweed Salad

and my favorite: Ginger Mesclun salad ($3.95) with mesclun lettuce, seasonal veggies, picked red onion and crispy garlic in a ginger-soy-wasabi dressing.

Salad

If I can recall all of our sushi options, we enjoyed two vegetarian rolls: Avocado ($3.50) and Shiitake Mushroom ($3.50),

Avocado & Mushroom

Inferno ($8.95) with spicy tuna, cream cheese and jalapeno,

Spicy Roll

Black Widow ($8.50) with soft-shell crab, red cabbage, cucumber and flying fish roe,

More Sushi

Red Dragon Roll ($12), Lobster, tempura flakes wrapped with tuna, Dark Dragon Roll ($12),

Flying Sushi

Shrimp Tampura and cucumber, wrapped with eel and avocado, Rainbow Roll ($11), shrimp and cucumber wrapped with tuna, salmon and avocado,

Sushi

Watermelon Roll ($11), sweet eel and egg wrapped with tuna and avocado, S&S Roll ($6), fresh salmon, crispy salmon skin, cucumber, and scallions, and Mango Salmon Roll ($6), fresh salmon with a hint of mint, rolled with mango and cucumber.

Salmon

To finish, we enjoyed one Chicken Cutlet ($7.95), which gave us not only a sample of something other than sushi, but a final, fried end to our meal.

Chicken Cutlet

What I loved: My favorite, overall, was the Dark Dragon Roll, following by the Watermelon Roll. The most odd was the mango Salmon Roll, and the most intriguing, yet somewhat disappointing was the Inferno.

Why I loved it: I love, especially, the ambiance, the quiet feng shui that feels warm, welcoming, with a comfortable and peaceful flow of energy throughout the establishment. I also love that their website considers Sushi Etiquette (http://unisushi.net/index.php/sushi-history-japanese-dining-etiquettes/), enlightening first-timers and reminding sushi-frequenters of the simple pleasures associated with sushi consumption.

Cost: Average to high ($3.50-$12 per roll)

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