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Ashburn, VA — Samurai Japanese Restaurant

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Published on: May 2, 2007
Samurai Japanese Restaurant
43150 Broadlands Center Plaza
Ashburn, VA

Ashburn, Virginia is in the DC suburbs out by Dulles airport. I spent a grueling week in the area working late hours. By Wednesday night, I was ready for some sushi. I used the GPS and found Samurai, it was close to the office and in an upscale neighborhood.

Samurai is a sushi restaurant shoe-horned into a small storefront in a strip mall. The mall has a grocery store and a variety of restaurants. When I walked in, I saw that Samurai has a few seats at the sushi bar and about a dozen tables. I took a seat near the front window which had good light so I could read.

The menu had an extensive list of nigiri and several rolls. I ordered a regular sashimi combo and a Whitehouse roll. The Whitehouse roll had white tuna, avocado, tuna and asparagus. I am beginning to enjoy white tuna more and more. Combined with two of my favorites — avocado and asparagus — I knew this roll would be a winner. When the roll arrived I was pleased to discover that I was right. The mix was absolutely perfect. The ingredients complimented each other without being overpowering. The tuna (red), avocado and asparagus were wrapped up in sushi rice. The sushi rice was wrapped in white tuna, sprinkled with a few sesame seeds. If it sounds like I am raving about the roll — I am.

The sashimi combo was a little unusual. Most places make up a combo with three pieces of each kind of sashimi, almost as if were a law. At Samurai there were five pieces of each kind and four pieces of snapper arranged into a rose. Nineteen pieces in all! This was the small combo, the large combo consisted of 27 pieces!

The sashimi was arranged on a plain white plate on top of the largest pile of shredded daikon that I have ever seen. All of the fish was first quality. I have no complaints at all about Samurai.

If Samurai had any fresh specials, it would have been rated a five.

Samurai Japanese Restaurant: 4 rice bowls * * * * -
  1. annon says:

    Where are the Jaoanese people from? Do they live on that little known island of Jaoan?

  2. SushiPilgrim says:

    Good catch. Samurai is a JAPANESE restaurant not a JAONESE restaurant ;-)

  3. Sarah says:

    Went to Samurai last nite. The atmosphere is very fun and we very much enjoyed the maki rolls. However we ordered toro and it was the only time I’ve had toro when its smelled and tasted fishy.
    We may go back but we won’t be ordering toro in the future.

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