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Not Niwano Hana, but doesn’t it look tasty?

There are those among us who like to say that D.C. isn’t a sushi town, that we pale in comparison to places like Los Angeles and New York. I have to admit that I’m among those naysayers. But Rater jrachlin says there’s good sushi in Rockville.

Here is jrachlin’s review of Niwano Hana:

It’s all about the sushi at this spot on Rockville Pike. While there are seemingly endless places for sushi in the Rockville area, Niwano Hana is a standout, as evidenced by the extremely crowded waiting area, overflowing with couples and families waiting for a table. Decor is sparse, service is uneven, drink refills may be forgotten, but service is absolutely unfailingly pleasant, from the warm greeting from the garishly dressed host, Andy (on Fridays sometimes he goes for his brown leather pants and crocodile leather boots), to the hot towel you get on arrival, to the custom order you can pass along to the men staffing the sushi bar. Miso soup and a small house salad are complimentary with sushi orders. Rolls range from $3-$6, with most in the $4 area. Almost all nigiri are $4 for two pieces. It’s a great bargain compared to a lot of local sushi restaurants – two can eat plenty of sushi for $35 total, including sushi, appetizer and tip. You can find a good selection of Japanese beer and sake if that’s to your liking. There is also an extensive menu aside from sushi.

Do you have your own opinion on Niwano Hana? Then let us know what you think!

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