Let me start by saying I’ve never been to Japan, and I’ve never been to Masa.
That said, for my personal preference, Japan is second only to France for my favorite cuisine, and I am very much of a sushi and sashimi hound – it’s just about my favorite thing (along with foie gras, caviar, etc.)
I had, without muchÂ doubt, the best Sashimi-Sushi Omakase I’ve ever eaten on Wednesday night at theÂ Sushi Bar at Sushi Ogawa, and I’ve been to most of the great sushi specialists in the U.S. and Vancouver.
The only option is a $100 omakase, and I highly advise all diners to call and see if Chef Ogawa will be working before they commit to this meal.
My friend made the reservation under her name, and I have no reason to think I was recognized, but boy, this sure seemed like more than the “12-14 courses” they advertise. I don’t rule out the possibility that I was spotted, but regardless, I’m spotted at mostÂ other top Japanese restaurants in DC, and nobody has put out sashimi and sushi like this before, not even the greatÂ Sushi Taro.
I had made an exception to my own unwritten rule (the only other one-visitÂ BoldÂ I’ve ever made has beenÂ ElementsÂ in Princeton, NJ), and initialized Sushi Bar at Sushi Ogawa as suchÂ (this was absolutely the best meal I’ve had in 2017, my dining partner said it was by farÂ the best sashimi-sushi she’s ever eaten, and I’ve spent nearly 8 weeks this year in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles), but just to be prudent, I’m going to wait for other people to chime in.
There are numerous Michelin 3-star sushi restaurants in Japan, but I honestly cannot envision any sashimi-sushi-driven meals being much better than this, even though I’m sure they are. Still, this raised the bar for me, personally, by a fair amount. About the only thing that fell short of excellence was the crÃ¨me brÃ»lÃ©e (it was fine, but Koji Terano can rest easy).
If you go with another person, treat yourselves to a .720ml bottle ofÂ Eikun “Big Hawk” Junmai GinjoÂ sake ($65 on their list, and it will carry you through the entire meal).