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Quick Trip Report - May 2014 Tokyo

Yes, most definitely. It was small and entirely full, mostly regulars. I thought lunch was a very good value - about $75 a person including a few beers.

Jul 01, 2014
Adam23 in Japan

Quick Trip Report - May 2014 Tokyo

Expected an older more sophisticated crowd than early/mid 20 somethings. I've eaten at dozens of 3* establishments but this was a dinner with lots of quite young guests.

Jul 01, 2014
Adam23 in Japan

Quick Trip Report - May 2014 Tokyo

My wife and I went to Tokyo for about a week early in May. It was a truly wonderful trip and I wanted to thank everyone who posts to Chowhound for all of the great tips. Our concierge at the Conrad handles all of our reservations effortlessly. We tried to go to a different type of cuisine each night to the extent possible. The food was amazing everywhere. No bad meals on this trip at all.

Here is the quick run down of some highlights:

Rakutei - We wanted to try a highly-rated tempura. Rakutei did not disappoint. Everything was excellent. The wife of the owner spoke some English and was very friendly. Everything is cooked by an older gentleman and his son and it was great. In particular, we particularly enjoyed the large live shrimp that they killed and fried up in front of us. Absolutely delicious.

Sushi Imamura - We wanted to go to lunch for some higher-end sushi and Imamura is open for lunch on weekends. We ate sushi at a number of places on our trip and Imamura was our favorite. The atmosphere is relaxed, the chef speaks some English and his wife speaks more. The restaurant has a nice relaxed atmosphere and we were the only non-Japanese at the restaurant. All of the others appeared to be regulars. Everything was outstanding. We started with a number of cooked dishes prior to the sushi courses. In particular, a grilled scallop was delicious. The sushi was excellent all around. The fish quality was superb and extremely fresh. I would highly recommend Imamura, which doesn't get much discussion on here, but we found it on tablelog and were not disappointed,

Sushi Yoshitake - We wanted to go to one "3 Star" sushi restaurant. Yoshitake was very good but on the price/quality spectrum, I don't think it was nearly as good of a value as some other places (like Imamura). Everything was excellent though, in particular the abalone dish with abalone liver, which was outstanding. Also, the smoked bonito they smoked in front of us was unbelievably good. Service was great. The chef is friendly. What we did not particularly like was that every diner was non-Japanese. We were there with one korean couple and one Chinese couple. Both of them were under 25 yrs old, which was a little odd as well. Felt a bit like I was at a prom dinner.

Den - Wow. This was great. They had one waitress who spoke wonderful English. The chef spoke some. Basically, the chef told us they do an few dinners a week where they put all of the English speaking guests together, so we dined with some nice Australians. This dinner was creative, delicious and fun. The chef has an amazing sense of humour and it shows in his food. Particularly good were some Wagyu beef dishes we had and the salad from the chef's garden. I highly recommend Den. It was fun and great.

Hirosaku - I wanted to try really good soba noodles and lunch at Hirosaku did not disappoint. There is no English spoken here, and the restaurant was very hot since you sit around the stove, but this food was great. Everything was great - we had some sashimi, tempura, the noodles, green tea ice cream and a few other items. The staff were friendly, taught us how to eat the various items which was helpful. We enjoyed everything and it was a very very good value at lunch.

L'Osier - I love French food. Numerous people told me that L'Osier was the place, so we had to try it out. Not sure what to say other than this had to be the most perfect meal technically and service-wise I have ever had. Absolutely everything at L'Osier is orchestrated perfectly and delicious. The facility itself is amazing. Gorgeous design, plush carpets, the finest linens, gold tiles in the bathroom, multi $$$ hand creams for after you wash, etc. etc. If you want to dine somewhere and feel like you "made it", this is the place. All of the staff was amazing. All spoke English, though the manager, from France, took a liking to us and we talked with him most of the evening. It seems the restaurant gets very few if any English-speaking staff. (I would have thought it would have been inundated by wealthy tourists, but I was clearly wrong). Every dish we had was superb and perfectly cooked. And beautiful - the plating and the plates they use make for an absolutely stunning display. I'm not even sure how to distinguish which dish was the best, since all were that good. I particularly enjoyed the abalone dish which was superb. Also, the cheese cart was excellent. As was the dessert cart. Everything was that good.

Jun 08, 2014
Adam23 in Japan

Help us find "Philly-ish" places in DC?

I think these recs are exactly right.

DC's food scene is very very different than Philly and will be quite a change for you. There really isn't a BYOB scene here like Philly and we don't really have 5 table restaurants like Philly. This is something lacking in DC but the lack of population densities and high rents make this hard for a restaurant to survive on these economics.

2. I will add that Rockville also has a lot of asian restaurants as well depending where you end up living - could be closer than VA. But generally speaking, unlike Philly there are no ethnic sections of DC. DC didn't develop that way because of its transient population but the enclaves of ethnic food mentioned are worth a visit.

3. I would add Lebanese Butcher for superb lamb and wonderful take out.

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Lebanese Butcher & Restaurant
109 E Annandale Rd, Falls Church, VA 22046

Jul 07, 2010
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Tenley?

Masala Art is the best around there. There is Steak and Egg if you like filthy diners. The peruvian chicken place is decent too.

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Steak and Egg
4700 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Masala Art
4441 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, MD 20016

Jun 17, 2010
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Tourist hot-spots - for both OOT and locals

How about the flocks of people from the city who go to the burbs? I live and work in DC. I think I rarely have a meal in DC other than lunch.

I look at restaurants two ways. Some are designed to attract people into town. The places you mention, Jaleo, Rasika, and Zaytinya, are designed to drive tourists into town to dine and eat at a scene. They are backed by popular chefs with big PR machines. Not saying the food is bad, I love all three, but saying you go to these places for the scene first, food second, and that is what they are delivering.

Then there are truly local restaurants. When the bachelorette party of 15 from Olney is holding up Yannis, then we have a problem.

I don't really have a problem with people visiting these places. DC needs the cash and I like to see restaurants in DC succeed, which makes it a better place to live. I'm ok with it.

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Rasika Restaurant
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Zaytinya
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Jun 17, 2010
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Soft Shell Crabs in DC

If you can get up to/metro up to Rockville, I had a fabulous soft shell crab at Bobby's Crabcakes in Rockville Town Center. Huge size. Perfectly cooked.

Blacksalt is also a very good choice.

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Bobby's Crabcakes
101 Gibbs St Unit C, Rockville, MD 20850

Jun 10, 2010
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Napa: casual + great lunch after DiRosa Preserve

Also agree with Fremont Dinner. Had lunch there yesterday after DiRosa and the Brisket and pulled pork sandwiches were outstanding.

Jun 04, 2010
Adam23 in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I buy clotted cream in DC?

If you mean real, British, fresh clotted cream - it isn't available. No one produces it in the states.

You can get the pre-packaged Devon Cream and Devon Clotted Cream at Whole Foods or Wegmans. It is decent, but nothing like the stuff you get in Cornwall.

Mar 16, 2010
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where do I find Passover groceries in D.C.?

Wegmans has a nice selections.

Mar 15, 2010
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Heading to DC in April, Where do i eat for under $45/person?

Palena Cafe and Dino in Cleveland Park would be good options and about 15 minute walks from your hotel or one metro stop.

What type of food?

Mar 03, 2010
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ray's The Steaks is a mediocre steak house at best.

This post cracks me up and is also pretty much inaccurate since the new location opened.

1. Reservations are accepted.

2. No comment other than you are entitled to your own opinion. I think the steaks are in the top tier of what is available in DC. Always cooked perfectly as ordered.

3. The wine list is rather good with lots of unique choices. Not sure if we are talking the same place but since their new wine director has arrived, i'm impressed with the options.

4. Having been to way to many steak houses in DC over the past few weeks, I have to say Rays is easily the best value in town on the food quality/price ratio. I think I payed $44 or my fillet at Cap Grille last week, when the comparable choice is $30 at Rays (may even be less). That's almost 50% more for Cap Grille and in my mind, food-wise, Cap Grille not 50% better.

Sorry you didn't have an enjoyable experience, but that leaves more room for the rest of us.

Mar 03, 2010
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Rambutans in DC?

Wegmans has them from time to time. Only place i've seen them in the area.

Feb 02, 2010
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Drinks near Van Ness?

I'll second Acacia Bistro. Other option is Epicurean and Company at the top of the metro stop. It is more a dining hall but serves booze.

Your best bet is to really meet in Cleveland Park, lots of options like Dino, Palena, Ardeo, etc.

Jan 28, 2010
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Business Dinner Recommendations - DC, Arlington

$40 is going to be the biggest issue especially if including tax and tip. For that price, I would try Clydes or Old Ebbitt. They have large rooms and cheaper menus. Maybe you could rent a room at Rays?

Jan 07, 2010
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Thing You Ever Ate - VA/DC/MD/Baltimore Edition

Agreed. Love that tuna foie gras thing - probably one of the best things i've eaten ever anywhere.

Jan 06, 2010
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Whole bellied clams?

Agreed. Also I have had them at Hanks Oyster Bar

Jan 06, 2010
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Heritage India - given up

Also agree as well. We have eaten at Masala Art several times now and it's our go-to place when we don't feel like spending at Rasika's price point. Service and food are excellent and its a good value. Very very happy this opened close to where we live.

Dec 08, 2009
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Great butcher in DC?

You can ask the butcher at Wegmans to order whatever you need. They will typically accommodate. Wagshals may be another option if you are in DC.

Dec 08, 2009
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Looking for the best macaroons

Macaroons are typically coconut lumps, with vanilla and whatnot or the cans of coconut-based treats eaten on Passover.

Anyhow, for macarons in DC, I highly recommend the ones made at Cafe du Parc in the Willard. They sell large and small ones and are very good.

The best are the ones from Michel Patisserie. No storefront, but they drop off at ACKC some place in Restonr or they deliver. All are excellent.
http://www.michelpatisserie.com/main.htm

Dec 02, 2009
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Advice needed along DC red line

What kind of food do you both like? There are a great deal of options on the red line. My quick thought would be Jaleo or Zaytinya in Chinatown for tapas.

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Jaleo
480 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Zaytinya
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Nov 16, 2009
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anyone tried the newly opened BGR the Burger Joint in Dupont Circle?

Been there a few times since it opened, primarily because its next to my office. I, and most of my coworkers agree, its better than Five Guys, but nowhere near the same league as Hell Burger.

The good: The fries are excellent, crisp, not greasy, nicely salted - very good. I would go back for these over and over again. The burgers themselves are good - I like the bun and the fixins are tastyand the patty is good quality, though not as juicy as Hell Burger.

The bad: Expensive. The lunch special is an ok deal but any other time, it is very pricey. I went with my wife last night, two burgers, to sides and drinks set us back $27.

Nov 12, 2009
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Suggestion for a casual place to get a good piece of fish?

Blacksalt or Pesce would be my choice. Both are our go-to places when we are in the mood for fish.

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Pesce Restaurant
2016 P St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

Nov 10, 2009
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chow help: Downtown DC, 2 nights, Single female

Where are you coming from? A quick word of warning, I am going to assume late evening isn't too late. You quickly find that DC restaurants don't really do late dining like NY or other cities - most close shop around 10/1030 on weekdays.

Anyhow, close to your restaurant is Rasika (excellent Indian), Central (excellent French food), Cafe du Parc (excellent French). All of these are a within a few blocks away. Cafe du Parc has an excellent breakfast and its about 1-2 blocks from you in the Willard Hotel.

Oct 26, 2009
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Propane Taxi

Been using them for a while. Price is maybe a buck more than HD, but once you add in the value of your time and gas, it is a deal. We always keep two from them in case one runs out. Always on time delivery (usually before noon).

Very happy with the service. Pretty much everyone in my office uses them as well without any issues.

Sep 30, 2009
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Searching for Metro Accessible Restaurant

Dino or Central would work.

Sep 30, 2009
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Favorite Risotto in NOVA/DC? (Actually looking for tonight.)

Tosca. Superb.

Dino has a very nice risotto too.

Sep 25, 2009
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurant dilemma

You could do Rays the Classics instead and get your liquor. Dino is always a lower price point favorite. My family also enjoys Central and Cafe du Parc - and they are very picky eaters but have always found something satisfying there.

Sep 24, 2009
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Planning a trip to the DC/ Georgetown Area

Hop the metro to Courthouse, grab a burger at Hell Burger. That's always on my list of must-go places when friends visit and always merits a "#$%$#% thats good" response from every visitor of mine.

Sep 24, 2009
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Boston Chowhound in D.C. for lunch one day only

Central as others recommend is good.

Personally, my choice is hopping a cab to Alexandria to go to lunch at Eve. Probably the best lunch in or around town, and well within your budget (especially if you do lunch at the bar).

Sep 16, 2009
Adam23 in Washington DC & Baltimore