Sushi Damo-Rockville, MD
The easiest way to please my wife on the night out is to take her to a nice sushi place. Luckily for me, there is such a restaurant in Rockville Town Center. We had been passing by that restaurant quite a few times when we happened to be in that area, but never had a chance to check it out before. It lookes quite trendy even from outside so we would not expect it to be price-friendly for a casual hop-in for a quick sushi bite. That’s why we had not gone there before. But this time we had our date night, and I could also justify it by the fact that I finished my first module in the Spring Term MBA program, and if that was not enough, the impending International Women’s Day (March 8) could also be mentioned as worthy occasion. So we had penty of excuses to splurge a bit for a little celebration, any way you look at it.
The restaurant we went to was Sushi Damo (36-G Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD). As I mentioned before, it has quite a trendy look. As a matter of fact, the Washington Post reviewer called it “arguably the best-looking Japanese restaurant in Washington” in 2007. The interior of the restaurant is done in charcoal hues, with some birch trees silhouettes on the walls. Until then I did not know the Japanese hold this tree dear to their heart too
The first thing I noticed was very courteous service. Usually when you go the restaurant you get either “informal familiarity” or “formal buttoned-up politeness” treatment, depending on the style and class of the place. Here it was not quite either, so “courteous” is the best word I can think of. I appreciated it from the start. A couple of examples of that. When the hostess escorted us to the table she did not put the menu on the table until I took off my coat and actually sat. It took me a bit longer this time to get out of my coat and she was patiently waiting for that little delay. Another one was even more remarkable. When I returned from the men’s room in the middle of the meal I found my cloth napkin nicely folded and placed on the table. Notice, I had left it lie loose on the chair without second thought. After fact I read some reviews from a couple of years ago with complaints about the service. So I hope the owners heed to the customers outcry and ratcheted up the service of which I was a beneficiary.
The main thing of course was food. Since we came specifically for sushi, we did not really look into entrees, bento boxes etc. However, before sushi we tried fried oysters from the appetizers section. It was nice, but nothing really to rave about. May be the reason for us not to be overexcited about it was that the serving was too small for the two of us and we did not really got a taste of it.
On the first round we ordered two rolls, one from the Chef’s Special Rolls and one from Damo Creations section: rainbow rall and Rockville roll.
On the second round we ordered both items from the Damo Creations: eel roll and something with mistletoe in the name. Sushi was quite exquisitely served and was a real treat to the eyes and to the palates. I especially apprecited the ones from the Damo Creations because they had tempura fried ingridients inside. It was very unusual to have that delicate crunchinness in the sushi.
They had some interesting selection of what sounded on the menu like sake-based martinis, but I did not venture there and stayed with Asahi beer. Its extra driness went perfectly well with sushi.
Overall, I think that this place is nothing less in experience and taste than the Kaz Sushi Bistro. And by my gut feeling estimate it would cost at least 15-20% percent more in Kaz for the equivalent selection of sushi. So now I have two safe bets in sushi if I want something special and exquisite. By the way, if you plan a visit on weekend night, make reservation, as it was rather crowded all the time we were there.