50 Best Restaurants 2017: Tachibana

A Japanese restaurant in McLean

Tachibana is a long, curving space, dim and aged, almost moody. Both families and those in suits will walk in late on a Monday night, knowing this is where to find donburi, wide swaths of tuna and yellowtail over a bed of sushi rice accessorized with nori, ginger, wasabi and a lemon slice. But it’s more than sushi, too; steamed shrimp dumplings are one smooth bite, and kitsune, a golden honey-brown dashi soup with a sweet, haunting flavor, is stuffed with noodles and long, floppy strips of fried tofu that soak up all that broth.

Japanese | $$$
6715 Lowell Ave., McLean

(50 Best Restaurants 2017November 2017)