Dinner at Tono Sushi, Washington, DC

by Valerie on November 7, 2009 · 6 comments

Last night, husband and I went to one of our favorite sushi places in Washington: Tono Sushi.  I love that Tono has a wide selection, very fresh fish and really good brown rice sushi.  I started off with miso soup and seaweed salad:

Tono Miso Soup
Tono Seaweed Salad

Tono offers several options for miso soup – last night I picked the tofu and yellowtail one, which, like all the others I have tried there is delicious.  I particularly like the seaweed salad at Tono because it offers a sampler of several seaweeds. I rarely make use of the dressing because I like the seaweed on its own, but the dressing is very good – thick rich sesame dressing.

Husband started his meal with gyoza and chicken yakitori, two of this favorites at Tono:

Tono Gyoza and Chicken Yakitori

The sad truth of brown rice sushi is that, if not made correctly, it can be inedible.That’s why I make the extra trek to Tono because it is the best brown rice sushi I have found in Washington, DC – it is hearty and definitely brown rice, but has the same fluffiness that regular white rice sushi has.  I had a yellowtail and scallion roll as well as nigiri pieces of yellowtail and salmon:

Tono Brown Rice Sushi

Husband had the Manhattan Roll (Spicy Crunchy Shrimp) and the Spicy Scallop roll.  He said both were delicious:

Tono Spicy Scallop and Spicy Shrimp Crunch Roll (Manhattan Roll)

Tono Sushi is right by the Woodley Park – National Zoo Metro stop, so perfect if you are in Washington, DC and visiting the zoo.  They have a sushi happy hour special with $1 nigiri sushi from 5 to 7.30pm everyday. 

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1 AnalieseMarie November 8, 2009 at 11:56 pm

I like Tono Sushi too. Have you tried Sakana (on P Street near Dupont)?


2 City Girl November 9, 2009 at 12:03 am

Yes, Sakana is lovely too. Sadly, no brown rice sushi there, at least to my knowledge.


3 AnalieseMarie November 9, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Ah, gotcha. Wasn't sure if they have it or not.


4 Karley November 9, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Everything looks heavenly! Sounds like a wonderful dinner, CGL.


5 ~M October 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Tono has a gf miso soup? And a GF seaweed salad? I thought most miso has barley and most seaweed salad has soy sauce…I'd love to find gf versions!


6 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats October 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Hi M – I should change this review, as I wrote it while I was still in the midst of an elimination diet when I wrote this review (2 years ago) and at that point was attempting to reintroduce gluten. Why don't you email me directly citylifeeats at gmail com and I can answer any questions about old reviews (I went 100% gluten-free in april 2010 after i finished the testing and elimination diet).


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