Thanks for all of your great recommendations for our long weekend in DC. We had some great meals.
We started off with dinner at The Source, upstairs in the dining room. The service was spot on, just a constant stream of waitstaff going through the room. Our waitress was very helpful and informative in a friendly, not overbearing way. The menu was great, but my problem was that I wanted to order all of the appetizers! They started us off with an amuse bouche, a small dish of green beans and spiced marcona almonds in a very very very spicy sauce. It was delicious, but was tongue scalding and we thought it was a very strange choice for an amuse bouche. Instead of whetting the appetite it nearly burnt it to a crisp! Thankfully it was the only off note of the night. I started off with the tuna tartare in miso sesame cones, I could have eaten them all night. DH had the tasting of crab, 2 delicious mounds of crabmeat, one a salad, one a crabcake. My daughter had the "tiny dumplings", about 10 small pork filled dumplings, very delicious in a black vinegar sauce. It reminded me of the flavor of shanghai soup dumplings, but without the soup. For entrees, I hemmed and hawed and finally decided on the pad thai with scallops. Most of the fish entrees described themselves as spicy, and after the amuse bouche I was nervous about more spice, so even though I wasn't really in the mood for scallops, the pad thai part sounded good, and it was delicious, perfectly done. DH had the laquered duck, served with a little pot of noodles and veggies. It was incredible and I was lucky to get a couple of bites! D had the chicken with sausage fried rice. The chicken was simple but juicy, the rice was very interesting and tasty. For dessert DH had the grated pear crumble and D had the cookie plate, which was enormous and lasted us for days back in the hotel! The crumble was great as well. All in all, a very nice dinner, I would definitely go back, but I might order just a bunch of appetizers for a "dim sum" type dinner!
This is getting long so I'll continue in a new post!