Just spent 3 days eating and meeting in DC and thought I'd report on lots of good eating.
Sunday morning I came into China Town with sis looking for dim sum -- we normally go to Oriental East in SS but my meeting was in town. Golden Phoenix was gone so we picked another spot that's been there forever: Kam Fong. Bad signs: only two tables were filled at 11:30 and a steam cart was waiting by the door. We went in anyway as time was short and ordered three standard dumpling selections but each was forgettable so we moved onto the menu for roast duck and beef chow foon in black bean sauce. The roast duck was was quite good but the chow foon was another matter. It was great. I love this stuff if it's done right and this was some of the best I've ever had. Hope it's not a fluke because I'm going back to have it again next time, after I get soup dumplings at Sang Kee of course. I regret not going there but then I'd never have found the chow foon either.
Sunday night was my obligatory trip to Olde Ebbit for oysters and crab cakes. There was only room at the bar but that was OK. The oysters were completely fresh and briny and the crab cake was good. I'm glad they've kept up their standards on those two items.
Monday night was a major chowfest at Zaytinya with three friends. I can't remember everything but we probably had about 20 mezzes and enjoyed it all: lamb, chicken, asparagus, shrimp, fattoush, olives, babaganoug, hommous, mussels were all well prepared and presented and washed down with a couple bottles of very good merlot-type Lebanese wine, although at $50 apiece for wine from that region seemed pretty steep. We then moved onto dessert and Turkish coffee. The kitchen is quite competent in that area as well, and their version of molten chocolate was the best. Also had a dessert called Turkish Delight, that, while nothing like the real thing, was excellent nonetheless. We spent $300 including T&T, which is a lot to spend in a place where most of the dishes run between $5-10, but a thoroughly gluttinous time was had by all. I also took some advice from this board and staggered our orders so that all of the food did not arrive at once. I recommend that for anyone else going with a group. The one downside is that the upstairs got unbelievably loud. All that glass and polished concrete doesn't do much to dampen the noise. It seemed quieter on the first floor. And cool bathrooms too!
Went to Cafe Atlantico for lunch on Tuesday. Fantastic. It's been a while since I've been. We shared the table-side guacamole and tuna tartare roll. Both were simply fresh and excellent. I then had the seared scallops over rice cooked in coconut milk. Wow. Never had it before and was ready to take my clothes off and roll in it. MMMMM. I never looked up from my plate to see what my friend was having. Definitely going to try that one at home.
Tuesday night went to Yanyu in Cleveland Park thanks to the recs on this board. Outstanding. Because of my large lunch, I was not ready to do the tasting menus, which were really hard to pass up and each one looked good. We settled on sharing the lobster roll appetizer, the wrinkled green beans, and the roast duck entree. The rolls were quite light and tasty and the green beans were wonderful. The duck was truly outstanding. Washed it down with some charming boy (or something like that) sake and Sis had a beer. This was an excellent meal for $100 inclusive and was plenty for two even without a big lunch. You could easily spend a lot more in this place and I probably will next time.