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Trump Hotel’s Sushi Nakazawa Is a Lonely — But Stunning — Dining Experience, Says Washingtonian

What the critics are saying this week 

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Sushi Nakazawa

Washingtonian reviewer Ann Limpert finds herself very alone while dining at Sushi Nakazawa, the controversial new restaurant from sushi master Daisuke Nakazawa that some have boycotted due to its location in the Trump Hotel. Even thought Nakazawa’s been featured in acclaimed food documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Limpert wonders where everyone is at the marble counter for omakase. At one point, the manager tells her “You will literally be the only people” in the dining room. But here’s her verdict on the sushi, which she calls among the very best in Washington:

“Many potential patrons will let politics dictate whether they pay Nakazawa a visit. But from the food perspective? I’m here to tell you if you’re not here, you’re missing out.”


Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema tries the brunch buffet and beyond at Port-au-Prince in Silver Spring, one of the few Haitian restaurants in the area. “On weekends in particular, the scene feels like a spirited family reunion,” he says, and the oxtail stew is a particular draw.

Assaggi Osteria

Arlington restaurant critic David Hagedorn visits Assaggi Pizzeria in McLean and reccomends the margherita pizza, funghi misti pizza, and the pizza with broccoli rabe, mild Italian sausage, and mozzarella. The starters are a hit too. “My faith in Brussels sprouts was restored upon discovering that the kitchen painstakingly separates all the leaves and fries them to a wispy, delicate crunch,” Hagedorn writes.

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