On opening night, we were fans of the hamachi tataki with miso-cured egg yolk, as well as the delicate roasted bass served with olives and squid ink, an ideal east-meets-west combo -- but beware, the ink may turn your lips black. For dessert, we liked the whimsical "drunken fish," a rum-soaked brioche cake in the shape of a fish, resting atop a sherry fig marmalade spread and a wave-shaped crest of meringue. You can see a full menu here.
Warm and sparse, the decor highlights white brick, prints and traditional Japanese fabrics. Aim for one of the primo seats in front of a seven-seat counter that overlooks the kitchen, where you'll get the best views of chefs slicing your carpaccios and plating your duck.
Crane & Turtle, 828 Upshur St. NW. 202-723-2543. (Metro: Georgia Avenue/Petworth)