During my brief stay in Northern Virginia I dined at two sushi establishments:
Yoko the first weekend and Todai two weeks later.
Typical sushi restaurant interior: there is a sushi bar to your right, light-colored wooden seating to the left and IKEA-style lighting. One of the more innovative items on the a la carte menu was the Japanese Lasagna, a baked California roll with special sauce. I must say I wasn't very impressed with the sushi overall. Taste-wise it was acceptable, but the construction of the sushi was rather shoddy. The pieces would fall apart midway between the plate and my mouth.
Sushi as far as the eye could see!
There were plenty of choices at Todai. This restaurant is actually located in Fair Oaks Mall. The fluorescent lighting does not make this place conducive for a romantic first date. The atmosphere was really open, not too many nooks and crannies. Ambiance aside, the sushi was pretty good, quality wasn't too shabby and the desserts! Oh my! The desserts. Very delicate, tiny portions of cake and cookies waiting for you to sample them all. My favorites were the mango ice cream and the green tea cake with red bean frosting.