Posts Tagged ‘Komi’

Cellular Gastronomy: Restaurants’ Love-Hate Relationship With Your Phone

When I walk into the International Language Institute, the small, dingy lobby is empty—except for a guy sitting next to the elevator. Is this actually the right way to the new  Dupont “speakeasy” from Good Stuff Eatery’s Spike Mendelsohn and lobbyist/Kabin owner Vinoda Basnayake? It doesn’t look like the entrance to a bar with studded […]

Komi No Longer Washingtonian’s Top Restaurant in the D.C. Area

After four consecutive years in the No. 1 spot, Komi has been unseated by the Inn at Little Washington on Washingtonian's rankings of the area's top 100 restaurants. Critic (and Y&H alum) Todd Kliman tells us he's saving his explanation for his online chat on Tuesday. There are plenty of other shake-ups, but notably missing on this […]

25 Restaurants Dropped From Tom Sietsema’s Fall Dining Guide

Tom Sietsema unleashed his annual fall dining guide today. The Post critic bestowed four stars upon Komi, CityZen, Inn at Little Washington, and Rasika Penn Quarter, and then massacred his list from last year. Here's who's up, down, in, and out: Who's Up Jaleo Penn Quarter (3 to 3.5) Woodberry Kitchen (3 to 3.5) Ethiopic (2 […]

James Beard Finalists Include Some of D.C.’s Finest

Fabio Trabocchi's Fiola, the recent recipient of three stars from WaPo critic Tom Sietsema and Y&H's vote for best bomboloni in town, is among the nominees for the esteemed James Beard Foundation's award for Best New Restaurant. The finalists for the upcoming foodie Oscars were announced today in Las Vegas.  D.C. chefs Johnny Monis (Komi), […]

Toki Underground’s Erik Yang Previews His New Place at Living Social HQ

This just in: chefs Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground and Ari Gejdenson of Acqua Al 2 are opening a new restaurant in D.C. called SŪNA. Described as serving "modern progressive cuisine" based on regional and seasonal ingredients and helmed by former Komi cook Johnny Spero, the combined three-chef effort is slated to later this year. "Ari […]

James Beard Loves D.C.: Local Semifinalists For Foodie Oscars Announced

The esteemed James Beard Foundation today announced a bevy of semifinalists for its coveted chef and restaurant awards and the D.C.-area food scene is well represented. Eater DC has a comprehensive breakdown. Among the noms: Fiola and Little Serow each get a nod in the "Best New Restaurant" category. Palena's Frank Ruta is in the […]

Remembering Toki Underground Chef Thang Le

TBD offers some kind words of remembrance for Toki Underground chef Thang Le, who passed away earlier this week. Le, whom friends called "du ma," had been expected to cook at a planned "Pho U" pop-up event at Montserrat House, beginning tonight. That three-day event has been postponed in the wake of his untimely death. […]

Café Olé: How Counter Culture Took Over D.C. Coffee

On a recent Friday morning, Bryan Duggan is asking the dozen or so people assembled in front of him what they think the grounds of an Ecuadorian roast smell like. Self-professed coffee philistines and scruffy, plaid-bedecked twentysomethings I recognize as baristas at Filter Coffeehouse and Big Bear Café offer up “tamarind,” “sweet potatoes,” and “moss” […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: State of the Uni Edition

Chef Kaz Okochi gives his State of the Uni address. [WaPo] Michel Richard may soon join fellow D.C. chef Robert Weidmaier in opening a restaurant—perhaps even three of them—in Atlantic City. [Eater DC] Shaw's forthcoming Bistro Bohem could open earlier than Shaw's Tavern. [Prince of Petworth] Next week is D.C. Meat Week. Alexandria's Pork Barrel […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Indomitable Komi Edition

Komi is still tops among the D.C.-area's "100 Very Best Restaurants." The Source, meanwhile, drops a few notches (and a full star). [Washingtonian via Eater DC] Take a peek inside the new and improved Great Wall Szechuan House [Prince of Petworth] Black-eyed peas may have little to do with good luck—but at least something to […]

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