I recently heard high praise from a friend about Mokomandy, a (get this!) Korean-Cajun restaurant in Great Falls Plaza (on Algonkian Parkway) in Sterling. Not one to dally, two friends and I had dinner there a few days later; the meal was outstanding. Several other colleagues went back a few days later after hearing about our experience and had an equally impressive meal. I'm surprised there hasn't been more mention and/or discussion of this place on the Chowhound board, so I'll try to get the ball rolling.
We started with Foie Gras dumplings. I’m not normally a huge fan of foie gras, but this was just about a perfect ‘small plate’. The richness and delicate texture of the duck was complemented by the crunch of some shaved vegetables and an acidic (seemingly citrus-infused) plum sauce. Because one member of our party had spent several years living in Montreal we had to try the Poutine. On arrival it looked like nothing more than a pile of fries with cheese with a little bacon; after digging in, however, we discovered the (delicious) gravy was hiding in a basin beneath, and the plate lacked any semblance of fries, cheese, or gravy by the time we were done with it. Next-up: shrimp and grits. This was probably my favorite dish of the evening. The grits were rich and the shrimp cooked to perfection. The most interesting part, however, was the seasoning - what initially looked to be a sprinkling of paprika or cayenne was instead a Korean chile with an unreal smoky flavor that built on the palate over the course of 10s of seconds. The potroast sliders were also an (albeit slightly greasy) highlight. Only disappointment of the night was the boudin balls - they lacked sufficient flavor for me - and the too-dry fava ‘nuts’ (from the Snacks and Sides menu).
This, and Taste of Burma, deliver the most flavorful food I’ve experienced in Sterling, Reston, Leesburg, and points in between. Taste of Burma often has service issues; the service at Mokomandy was exemplary - fairly detailed questions about the food were answered clearly and completely; plates arrived and disappeared at appropriate times - and the place has a sharp, minimalist, modern look to it. The three of us had a cocktail and beer each - the options available are way above average - and left having completely stuffed ourselves with fantastic food for ~$125.
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