Eatin’ & Drinkin’ – Shiki Sushi (also, the dentist sucks)

Isn’t the dentist the worst? Around February I started having tooth pain on the right side of my mouth. I expressed this concern to the dentist and they prescribed two fillings and a night guard. They quoted me a price, and I was on board.

The next time I went in, they decided I needed a crown instead of a filling, but didn’t call it a crown and didn’t tell me that the process would require an additional office visit. It was also $200 more… Okay, whatever. Teeth are important.

So yesterday I went to have the crown put on, and they ask if I’ve had pain. I said yes. So they flipped out to high heaven and were like “well if you’re in PAIN they maybe you need a root canal!”

I was like, well I told you I was in pain a month ago. And you took x-rays and told me I needed other stuff, not including a root canal. Then they were like, well you should probably decide if you want a root canal before we put this crown on.

Now, I don’t know, maybe I just don’t understand how these things work – but I thought it was the dentist, the one with the medical degree, who was supposed to determine whether or not the patient requires a root canal surgery.

Silly me. After a weird conversation concerning the level of pain I was in, they were trying to yank the temporary crown off my tooth without numbing my mouth. Then they put on the crown and didn’t mention the root canal again.

I’m still in pain. And this dentist’s office doesn’t even offer the happy gas.

So that really sucked. And it was expensive. And probably all the work I just had done and paid for will be moot when I have to have the root canal that apparently I must diagnose and order for myself.

I will be going to another dentist though.

Afterward, Tom and I decided sushi was much needed. He had a bad day too. Couple’s emotional eating. Very romantic.

When I first moved to the DC area, several bloggers told me that the best sushi was at a place in the Ballson Common Mall called Shiki Sushi. I was skeptical at first, but after my first visit, I was a believer. I’ve tried a lot of other, fancier, places in DC since but nothing has compared.

We tried a new-to-us dish – the spicy tuna gratin. I actually thought this was going to be another sushi roll, so I was surprised when it came out as a casserole. Surprised, but not disappointed. It was a sushi version of tuna casserole, but without any of that nasty canned tuna fishy taste. So good.

SO good.

We also ordered our favorite Shiki roll, the dynamite roll, along with a California roll and a spicy yellowtail roll.

The dynamite roll is seriously insane. The scallops are so fresh and tender. The rest of the sushi was amazing as well. Yellowtail is only good when it’s practically just out of the water fresh, and this was.

So, if you’ve had a bad day recently, or just have a sushi craving – don’t underestimate this little gem in Ballston. It’s never crowded, and it’s in one of the saddest malls in the area, but somehow it still manages to be the best.