thanks to all who suggested restaurants where we could go with our 8 year old niece and her parents from minnesota.
in the end after all the sightseeing they decided to order in (mongolian pork etc) for her birthday on the 12th (with a lemon cake from "cakes and co.") but yesterday 14th (their last night in dc) we decided to try wazuri. we had reservations for 7 pm on the rooftop but due to the steamy weather opted to dine downstairs.
the complimentary bread basket accompanied by an unusual dipping oil infused with pureed green herbs was a nice touch. however, by the time the appetizers arrived we had worked up quite an appetite! the grilled beef with crushed peanuts was a big hit, as was the shrimp.
although there was a slight wait once again before our entrees arrived, we weren't disappointed when we tasted our meals. i had the "mafe" a rich stew of lamb chunks in a peanut-tomato-onion sauce served with steamed zucchini and green beans, mashed squash and fried plantains. there was also a mound of couscous with sultanas or raisins stirred in. it was all delicious.
others had shrimp in pili pili sauce, and the yassa chicken, all of which were eaten up. (three people had the lamb dish!)
i was too full for dessert, but others had the fruit salad with mango sorbet (which was pronounced excellent).
all in all, an interesting dining experience.