Nam Viet. Been here for lunch and dinner. Recommended. The self-wrap skewered charbroiled shrimp and scallops in chewy rice papers is delicious, a messy must try. Sweet and tangy, full of flavor. Also good was the caramelized fish, thoughly it was slightly overcooked. The food is varied and interesting--the only dud was the fresh salad rolls, which were average at best.
Spices. Tried once. Will not go back. While my appetizer (aged tofu) was quite good, the char kueh teow (Malaysian stir-fried noodles) was horrible. The rice noodles were so overcooked that they were torn into sloppy tiny pieces, making the dish a plate of mush. Chopsticks were impossible. And despite the restaurant's name, the only strong spice was some burnt crispy onions thrown on top. Any restaurant that serves this doesn't have standards.
Vace. I go here for lunch all the time. Strongly recommended. Great prices and delicious food. This little Italian shop would be welcome in any neighborhood in America. Yummy fresh pizza for $1.50 a slice. Great filling sandwiches for $4. Good drinks (Sansbitter, Chinotto, Oranganta, etc.), olives, figs, nuts, baklava, etc.
Indique. Once for lunch, once for dinner. I think Indique is overrated. I would drive out to this place in Fairfax (in a strip mall, wish I remembered the name) 100% of the time before walking to Indique. Or the Sunday buffet at Heritage in Dupont. It's hard to describe what I don't like about Indique, except to say I think it offers underspiced small portions at higher than average prices, and gets away with it by having an upscale interior. It's an average Indian restaurant to my tastes.
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