Yay, finally a nice, unpretentious restaurant with well-prepared, fresh interesting food on the 17th Street strip in Dupont! The meal starts with assorted rolls and bread and olive butter served in a cute cast-iron pot. Then a little teacup of the chef's soup of the day - we had a creamed carrot cumin soup. We ordered the mache salad with julienned celery root, quail egg and bacon (delicate and hearty at the same time), and the chicken pistachio pate served with toast, mustard, and homemade cucumber, yellow beet and celery root pickles. The portions are just-right and both were savory precursors to our entrees: hangar steak with mashed sweet potatoes and chimichurri sauce and tea-braised pork belly and pork tenderloin with brussels sprouts/baby turnip/bacon saute and huckleberry preserves - both delicious. Didn't have room for dessert, but the cheese selections looked interesting (you can select 3 or 5 for a cheese plate).
No liquor, but decent wine list. we also love komi for selling miller beer as the "champagne of beers" for $2 :). i had the mojito which was refreshing - tasted like limeade and mint - but wasn't the best version i've had. was rather weak in comparison.
Komi has good food, relaxed but well-paced service, and is a very welcome addition to Dupont dining. Hope it does better than its predecessors.