First - let me say that I know I was crazy to go on opening night - but there were a few things on the menu that really had my attention so go I did!
This is the new restaurant from Roy Choi in the spot where Beechwood used to be on Washington Blvd.
There is a back room that is reservations only - nice and quiet. The bar area and patio are both seat yourself with small tables and a few communal tables as well. Very loud!
I arrived around 7:00 and had many tables to choose from, when I left it was packed.
I ordered three things to start : Pineapple Lollipops with chili salt, Sweet and Salty Plantains, and Passion Fruit Squid with Coconut,Chiles,and Mint.
The Plantains were first to arrive and they were delicious, sticky sweet with a salty edge. The portion was pretty big which was a good thing because for awhile it appeared that they would be all I was going to get. After a very long time, my waiter came over and asked which dish was my favorite - he was quite surprised to hear that I had only been served the Plantains. The situation took quite a long time to correct, during which I was visited by a stream of employees, and even Mr.Choi himself. I was able to laugh it off, as it was opening night and I didn't expect a smooth ride. I finally got the other two dishes which were very satisfying. The Pineapple was served on skewers and dusted with chile salt - perfectly refreshing! The Squid was amazing, cooked to perfection and served in a sauce that I could not get enough of. Mr.Choi came back over to the table and told me that they were going to comp the whole meal - a very classy move! I had already chosen the dessert I wanted which is called "November Pie". It's a Sweet Potato Souffle in a Walnut Crust with a scoop of Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream. - Heavenly! I could eat a pint of this ice cream easily.
So - all in all it was definitely a success - the food was great and I know that I will be returning regularly to try many other items.