After gleaning so much useful information from this board I thought I'd give a report on our DC experience from this weekend.
Friday, we met friends from NoVA at Helix Lounge for drinks. The scene was a little too young and hip for us but the martinis were dry so no real complaints.
On to dinner at Komi on 17th. Despite the conversational din (some acoustic diffusion would be a blessed addition here), we had a great dinner. Apps ordered were crispy sardines (yummy), the white anchovy salad which I had to restrain myself from thieving from my dining companion and luscious porcini soup. Entrees were tea infused pork tenderloin with brusssels sprouts and bacon (very good), veal (I didn't try), artic char (this was truly great) and another one I cannot for the life of me remember. Wines were reasonable and good (one Spanish, the other Nero d'Avola). The service started out brusque but warmed up. We didn't have dessert although I could easily contented myself with a glass of sparking red and a cheese plate - that looked wonderful. Overall, we loved it, especially considering the price which is much less than comparable food in our town would be. This chef is on track to really go places. We will be back.
Lunch Sat. at Les Halles, chosen by location and an open table in the sun. A simple bistro lunch - I expected very little and after splitting a bottle of wine from the Langeuedoc, it seemed almost like Paris except with a better exchange rate.
Since we were going to Blues Alley for a show at 10, the idea for Sat. dinner was to try to get a table outside at Neyla (no res.). Alas, our late start and my desire to have a drink at the G-town Ritz-Carlton (gorgeous lobby bar/lounge, really nice but not very experienced service and too much vermouth in the martini) made us a little late to execute on that plan so we headed north on Wisconsin to Red Ginger which I heard had gotten a new chef-owner.
There was one large table full and another couple; otherwise, the place was empty (8:30-8:45pm)but we received lovely service including a visit from the chef and delicious entrees: strip steak with chimichurri (sp?) sauce and perfectly crispy potatoes, and rack of lamb. The quality of the meat was excellent and the preparation was expert. Appetizers were medium: my salad was simple if a bit large; my SO's lobster bisque was just OK to my taste - but he quite liked it. With a bottle of prosecco, it was a perfectly nice dinner. The service was very friendly, brisk but not at all rushed (we got to the show in plenty of time) and the prices are most reasonable. We would definitely go back.
Sunday lunch at Jaleo about which everything has already been said on this board.
All in all an enjoyable weekend in our nation's capital!