Archive for July, 2014

What $1 Million Bought The Oval Room

When The Oval Room reopens Monday after a $1 million facelift, some of the tables will continue to be covered with white tablecloths and some will bare polished wood. And that seems to capture the new direction that owner Ashok Bajaj is going with his 20-year-old restaurant. He wants to continue to attract the VIPs and politicos who are […]

Three Unexpected Places for Must-Try Soft-Serve

Some of the best soft-serve in D.C. isn't found at places that specialize in frozen treats. A few top D.C. chefs are putting their own flourishes on the summertime staple with flavors like rose water and toppings like wasabi peas. Here are three restaurants where you'll want to stay for dessert. Daikaya 705 6th St. […]

Remixology: Make Us a Drink With Jasmine Flower Confit

Bartender: Ian Shores Where: Vapiano, 623-625 H St. NW Mystery Ingredient: Confit of jasmine flowers (available at Dean & Deluca or online) Bartender Response: Shores unscrewed the tiny jar of jasmine jelly with trepidation. “I was a little taken aback, especially when I opened it up and there were actually flowers in there,” he said. […]

Are You Gonna Eat That? Eat The Rich’s Eel and Snakehead Pies

The Dish: Eel Pie/Snakehead Fish Pie Where to Get It: Eat The Rich, 1839 7th St. NW; (202) 316-9396; Price: $15 What It Is: A palm-sized pie filled with filleted and smoked Chesapeake eels, plus forcemeat made from the eel trimmings, button mushrooms, peas, and summer savory. When eels aren’t available—because fishermen nab them […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Gypsy Soul Opens Edition

Chef RJ Cooper opens Gypsy Soul in Mosaic District. [Washingtonian] Former Barmini bartender Devin Gong to open Copycat Co. cocktail bar on H Street NE. [WBJ] Tom Sietsema gives Barcelona Wine Bar 1.5 stars. [Post] Granite City Food & Brewery is coming to National Harbor. [Eater] Capital Bikeshare members get a free bowl from ShopHouse […]

They’re on a Boat: D.C.’s Latest Mobile Food Vendors Are Going Nautical

I want to order some ice cream, but I’m drifting away with the current. “WHAT FLAVORS DO YOU HAVE?” I shout over the lawn mower–like hum of the generator aboard Nauti Foods, the Potomac River’s new food purveyor. I clumsily paddle forward, then backward, before the cheery, sun-tanned crew points out a rope I can […]

Gut Reaction: Daikaya’s Cold Ramen Is All About the Noodles

After some delays, Daikaya's cold ramen finally made it onto the menu a couple weeks ago. The debut of the summer dish took a little longer than expected after one of the key ingredients—tare (or sauce) that flavors the broth—was held up by the Food and Drug Administration en route from Japan. The tare was custom-made for Daikaya by […]

PETA Recognizes….Ben’s Chili Bowl?

Ben's Chili Bowl is basically one giant ode to meat. It smells like meat. Meat on the grill is the first thing you see when you walk on the door. Hell, it's the home of the half-smoke. So it might seem a little strange that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals—whose motto contains the […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: D.C.’s Iconic Dishes Edition

D.C.'s 15 signature dishes [Thrillist] Your "craft" rye whiskey is probably from a factory distillery in Indiana. [Daily Beast] What really makes a good value in restaurants? [Post] People are stealing Dacha's beer boots and bringing them to other bars. [Eater] Rogue 24 will go a la carte. [Washingtonian] Izakaya Seki will celebrate its anniversary […]

Pizza Vinoteca Will Let You Control Your Server With an iPad

Ever wish you could better control the pace of your meal or stop your server from interrupting every five minutes? Pizza Vinoteca, a New York-based restaurant coming to Ballston in early September, will use a high-tech system to let diners customize their experience without the pesky problem of talking to another human being. Each table […]