Sushi Ko - Washington, DC: We were looking for an excellent sushi restaurant and the concierge at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel suggested Sushi Ko. He said it was the best place in town for sushi so we said, "yes, we'll give it try".
Our reservations were for 9:00 PM on a Saturday night. We arrived a little early to make sure we did not miss our table and within minutes of our arrival, we headed upstairs to our table.
The thing I remember first about my arrival was that I hoped their food would be better than their décor. The décor was a very clean, minimalist design, which I later found out Interior Designer Scott Strasser designed in 1998. I am sure ten years ago, it would have had the "wow" factor but now it felt a bit old. However, I have found that many times, especially at sushi restaurants, the less "wow" the décor is, the better the food is. I was hoping that would hold true here.
We were seated and drink orders taken as we perused the menu. The menu was not as extensive as I was expecting however, we were able to find more than enough that tempted us into ordering.
The wine list was even more extensive with a huge selection of Burgundy wines to choose from as well as a decent selection of sake and Japanese beer. If you are not sure which sake is best, just ask, and the knowledgeable waiter will help you choose not only the best rolls (my favorite was the Washington - eel, surimi crab, shiitake mushroom and cucumber) but the perfect sake as well. Service throughout the dinner was superb and the food itself was out of this world delicious.
With a mix of jazz and World music playing in the background, extremely fresh and perfectly prepared dishes and we could not have asked for a better dining experience. As I had hoped, my theory of the less "wow" the décor the more "wow" the food held true.
If you are in Washington, D.C. and love sushi then book a table at Sushi Ko for a bombastic experience you will not soon forget.