Thanks to you all who recommended places in Pentagon Row for my dinner yesterday evening and good delis for my lunch-time jones this afternoon.
My dinner companion and I went to Asia (Asian?) Bistro at Pentagon Row and were more than underwhelmed. The place is nice inside chic, modern, clubbish (not clubby) and was not terribly full last night, Wednesday.
I had the miso soup and the broiled eel over rice. The soup was very tasty though very salty and cheap two bones and change if I remember correctly. The eel was very well done (meaning cooked well) and tasty, but for $13 I felt that the portion ought to have been bigger. No, I didnt expect a supersize meal, but I got five maybe six, smallish pieces of eel over plain rice.
My friend got the vegetable and seafood tempura which he said was quite good; it did look tasty. The only hitch in the evening was that it was our waiter's second night on the job so he put in another order before my friends and as a result I was served way before him; we waited about 1/2 hour for his dish to come out. The manager and waiter both apologize numerous times and offered to make good on it, but we thought the apology was enough and it was sincere so we didn't ask for anything above and beyond. Overall, a pleasant meal but I wont be beating a path to it anytime soon.
For lunch today my colleagues and I hit the Woodside Deli on Georgia Ave in Silver Spring and were not disappointed. I was, however, expecting something closer to the Parkway Deli, but Woodside was very good nonetheless. I started with perhaps the best bowl of matzoh ball soup Ive ever had. It was wonderful very chickeny with fresh dill what a nice touch. The matzoh balls were light and fluffy like clouds in my broth. I then dove headlong into a very good though smallish ruben sandwich; thankfully no body threw me a life-line as I plowed my way through the corned beef, kraut and dressing. Its a homey place for sure with a fairly extensive menu.
Thanks again for the tips.