Arlington, VA — Sushi Zen

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Published on: March 2, 2007
Sushi Zen
2457 North Harrison Street
Arlington, Va

I have been working in Falls Church, Virginia this week. At lunch today I decided to look for a sushi bar. I went out to my car and used the Hertz GPS to look for the nearest Japanese restaurant. I avoided the Teppanaki places and found Sushi Zen. Sushi Zen was only a few miles away but it took me about twenty minutes to get there with the lunch time traffic. Sushi Zen is located in a busy strip mall and I think I go the very last parking place. It took a while, but it was worth it.

Sushi Zen is a medium sized Japanese restaurant with several tables and a small sushi bar. The decor is blond wood with screens separating the tables. Overall, I thought the restaurant looked nice. I especially appreciated the fact that the interior was bright so I had no trouble reading my menu or my book.

I ordered the lunch sushi/sashimi combo and a Philly roll. The combo came with miso soup and a salad. I was pleasantly surprised with the salad. The lettuce was crisp and fresh and the dressing was just right. A nice change from those places that smother their lettuce in dressing. The salad dressing was a creamy dressing with perhaps a bit of orange rather than the ubiquitous ginger served by many sushi places.

The combo was a nice mix of nigiri and sashimi. The nigiri included salmon, tuna, red snapper and eel. The sashimi included yellowtail and  tuna. I also got a choice of a California roll or tuna roll. This was a nice touch, I rarely order sushi combos because so many places include a California roll and do not allow substitutions.

All of the fish was very good. I am not the biggest unagi fan but even the eel was good. Portion sizes were just right and everything was fresh and tasty. The rolls were a bit uneven. The Philly roll was very good, a nice mix that included cucumber. The cucumber added a nice texture.

Sushi Zen was a pleasant surprise.

Sushi Zen: 4 rice bowls * * * * -
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