Honestly, this is one of the more bizarre changes I've ever experienced. For quite a few years I had been a fan of Amina Thai -- of the relaxing, welcoming atmosphere, of the good food, of the good service. What a shock to drive up and see that the name has been changed (to "Muay Thai Sports Eatery" - what int the world does that mean?!), that the interior of the restaurant has been painted horrible loud bright colors (befitting of a preschool maybe, but not a restaurant in which I would like to eat), that walls are now graced by photographs of boxers, that a TV constantly plays Thai boxing matches, and that one is supposed to order at the counter (while retrieving a drink from a cooler on the other end of the restaurant).
I was with a group of 4 co-workers, of whom 3 had been to Amina Thai before -- and not a single one of us understood or liked the new atmosphere. My colleagues said they still enjoyed their food, but I found that my curry was not as good as I'd had here before, and definitely not as good as I've had in other places. Unfortunately, I don't know that I will be returning again.
I might as well write review nr. 80! To me, El Pollo Rico is a quintessential DC place...good food, great prices, and as diverse a clientele as you'll see anywhere. I don't get here often enough, but when I do, I enjoy it greatly. Parking can be hassle, but if you don't even bother trying to squeeze into the lot in front, and just find some street parking, you'll be fine.
Based on my last visit, I have to downgrade Mykonos to 4 stars. Or maybe even 3.5. Our food was good, but not great. The olive oil mixture that was brought out to go with the bread was ridiculously salty. The shrimp in my friend's dish had quite a few tails on them. The green beans are still overcooked (but not as badly as before). The dessert for two is still yummy.
Bethesda's fortunate to have a couple of consistently good Indian restaurants. Passage to India is one of them. The atmosphere's great, the service is good, and the food is tasty. I'm not a big fan of chickpeas, but my sister, a friend and I once had an amazing chickpea dish here....we couldn't stop raving about it.
*3.75 stars for the restaurant and still 5 stars for the bakery*
Came here for dinner with three friends. We started with the cheese plate, which was great. The vegetarian got the vegetable napoleon, I had salad with salmon, one person got the chicken pot pie, and another had a meat dish. I wasn't thrilled with my salmon and salad -- the last time I'd gotten it, the portion was definitely larger. And the salmon was overcooked. But everyone else liked their dishes.
For dessert we had planned to go downstairs and get some pastries from the bakery. Turns out the bakery closes at 7pm on Sundays, and by the time we were done with dinner it was well past that. Instead we got 2 slices of cake off the restaurant menu. At $7.95 they are not cheap, but they were damn tasty.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the wine list. It's small, but they offer both glasses and tastes of about 8 different wines. I'm not much a drinker, so I ordered a taste of the chardonnay. The size of the taste was much larger than I expected -- it was a small glass, filled to the top. The chardonnay was perfect for me, and at $3.75 you just can't beat that.
Considering the price of eating here and the number of servers/busboys seemingly running around, service was definitely not as good as I'd expect, nor was it as good as I've experienced here in the past.
I've been a fan of Bertucci's for probably 10 years (yes, long, looong ago when I still lived in the Midwest) I ate at a Bertucci's while visiting Boston.
I have only had good experiences at the White Flint location. Service is usually perfectly fine for a chain restaurant.
I second the recommendation of the margherita pizza - Bertucci's really does a nice job with it. I'd die rather happy if this were my final meal.
During the week they have great lunch specials, but go early to avoid a wait.
Also a pretty good place to eat before a concert at the Strathmore.
Several co-workers and I had the lunch buffet at Haandi on a recent weekday. I hadn't been to Haandi in quite a while, and had never had their buffet. Overall, everyone was quite pleased with the experience. The buffet offered a nice variety, and service was great -- water glasses were refilled quickly, dirty plates removed in a reasonable amount of time, etc. I also like that they give every table baskets of naan.
Qualitywise, however, I was a bit disappointed. Only a week earlier I'd enjoyed a smaller but better buffet at an Indian restaurant in (of all places!) Kalamazoo, MI. In comparison, Haandi's naan, tandoori chicken and rice pudding just weren't as good.
But for $11.95 during the week, this place is a solid choice.
The first time I ate here, with three friends, we were all blown away. Everything we had (one appetizer and three main dishes) were absolutely delicious.
The second time I ate here, I felt it was only average.
I do love the look and the atmosphere of the restaurant.
A great addition to the neighborhood, Inti is a small but good Peruvian restaurant.
I had dinner here with 5 friends on a Friday night. As we entered the restaurant at 8.30, a group of 6 or so people came out, complaining: "There's a 2 hour wait!" When one considers that the restaurant only has about a dozen tables, and it's Friday night in the Dupont/Adams Morgan area, not surprising. We were celebrating a Peruvian friend's birthday, and based on the Yelp reviews, I'd recommended that she make reservations. So, a table for 6 was waiting for us.
The space really is not large, and especially if you're coming with a group, reservations are certainly recommended. I noticed that there was one free two-person table when we came in, but there was no room for larger groups. The patio out back is also not big, and on this evening, it was a bit too chilly to be sitting outside, although a couple of people were.
We ordered 3 different appetizers: the ceviche mixto, the papa a la huancaina (a potato dish), and the choclo con queso (Peruvian corn served with cubes of fresh cheese). The ceviche was good, although for me a bit too lime-y. The corn and cheese were a bit disappointing -- the corn did not taste as good as the corn I had had in Peru, and the cheese was a bit dull.
For our main courses we ordered a variety of things. Portions were very generous, so I was glad that my friend and I decided to split the lomo saltado, which was very good.
Service was well-above average and very friendly. They were able to keep up with my water drinking, but obviously realized that I drink more water than any normal person and wisely brought our table a large carafe of ice water. My only complaint was that we were brought only one little bowl of the Peruvian corn snacks -- for a table of six, two bowls would have been more appropriate. A couple of people had Pisco Sours, and complained that they were a bit too sweet.
Three other observations:
1) when the restaurant was full, the noise level was high -- I could barely hear what my table mates were saying,
2) at times I noticed a bit of a strange smell - kind of clay-like, but I should mention that I have a very sensitive sense of smell,
3) Inti had one of the cleanest restaurant bathrooms I've ever seen.
Overall, a wonderful experience, and I'll definitely return.
This is one of my sister-in-law's favorite restaurants, and therefore I've been here twice in the past 6 months. The first time I was practically blown away, the second time - not so much.
If you are a vegetarian, this is definitely not the place for you. All main courses are either meat or seafood. However, their mushroom brioche appetizer is wonderful. The portion was much larger than I expected, and contained a variety of wild and/or exotic mushrooms that were prepared absolutely deliciously. My 23 yr old nephew said, "I don't do mushrooms," but kept leaning over the table to grab another forkful of this appetizer. His take on the pommes frites, however, was: "They're just like McDonald's." And, honestly, he's not too far from the truth with this statement. That being said, the pommes frites are very tasty, especially when dipped in mayo.
If you like mussels, this is definitely the place for you. I don't, but I've enjoyed the salmon. My cousin had great things to say about the pork loin.
If at all possible, save room for dessert.
The second time I was here, we had issues with service. Water glasses did not get refilled, there was a hair on the butter that came with the bread, it was often hard to track down someone to help us.
If you come after about 6.30pm on a Friday or Saturday, don't expect a quiet romantic dinner. The restaurant is small, the tables close together, and when the place fills up, it gets quite loud.
If you're looking for ambiance, this is not the place. But if you are searching for a truly tasty lunch that's not too pricey, Moby Dick's is your place! I love their chicken kabobs, but I have friend who swears by their falafel.
Boy, there just isn't a lot of love for Mon Ami Gabi among Yelpers. But I had another good experience here today.
I had lunch with three co-workers. All three of them chose from the Restaurant Week menu (Mon Ami extended it for a 2nd week). As appetizer they had french onion soup, but each had a different entree: salmon with spinach salad, cheeseburger w/ Brie and fries, mussels w/ fries. I went for a special: an open faced mushroom sandwich with a poached egg, side salad and fries. We were all pleased with our dishes.
For dessert we each had a profiterole with an amazing chocolate sauce. I might go back just for that.
Plus, our server was super nice. Overall, a solidly good meal.
4 to 4.5 stars for most recent meal
2 stars for other things
I guess that averages out to about 3 stars....
Why is their service often so weird or bad here? Our waiter often disappeared for long stretches, and was generally not particularly personable. The final straw was him trying to charge us for 4 margaritas that we didn't order.
However, they do know how to do seafood here. We came because I was craving the wild Alaskan salmon (special for the month). That was quite good, but the Bay of Fundy scallop special was even more delicious! For dessert I enjoyed the creative strawberry soup and salad (although they were a heavy-handed with the balsamic in the salad part) and my dining partner LOVED the blueberry buckle.
And what the hell is it with them not having hot water in the restrooms??!??
One of my favorites in Bethesda, but - as with most places - there are pros and cons.
~ Good food
~ Good service
~ Inexpensive for the quality and the quantity
~ Cozy atmosphere
~ Locally owned business (the owners live in Bethesda)
~ Small menu that practically never changes. Vegans and vegetarians would probably be out of luck, as would anyone who dislikes pasta.
~ Too cozy. When the restaurant is full, you almost feel as if you're having dinner with everyone at the neighboring tables. And while you're not really interested in what Roommate Katie said or what Co-Worker Bob did, you will get to hear about it.
However, you can see that the pros outweigh the cons, and if you can find a time other than 7pm on a Friday night, all should be good.
After reading some of the glowing reviews on Yelp, and hearing my friend talk about Tandoori Nights, I was a bit disappointed by our experience. Mind you, it was certainly not bad in any way, but I was just expecting a bit more (this is problem with having high expectations and being optimistic!).
Service was pretty good overall. I didn't need to hunt anyone down to get my water glass refilled, which is always a plus. I definitely like the atmosphere and look of the place.
We ordered just two dishes: the chiken tikka masala and the dum aloo, which is considered a house specialty. The dum aloo was two potatoes filled with cottage cheese and covered in a sauce. I was disappointed that the sauces for both dishes were awfully similar -- it would have been nice if the waiter could have warned us of this, as we would have chosen a different potato or vegetable dish. I was also a bit disappointed that the dishes were not a bit spicier. Essentially they were not spicy at all. And the tikka masala was definitely creamier than what I'm used to (although that's not necessarily a bad thing). However, the naan was the best I've had anywhere!
My final disappointment was when we were overcharged by a buck for the potato dish. This seems to be a trend in DC area restaurants (see my review of Jackie's in Silver Spring), and I must say that it's a disturbing one. If the price of a dish has gone up, please fix it on the menu. If your cash register seems to magically add $1 to certain dishes, get a new cash register. Restaurateurs, please stop this fraudulent practice. I will not be returning to restaurants where this is a problem.
I found out about Crepes-A-Go-Go thanks to Yelp, and was finally able to try it out today. They have an enormous selection of both sweet and savory crepes - making up my mind was difficult. Don't expect to run in here and get a crepe in a minute or two, as each one is made to order. When I went in, there was one guy manning the crepe pans, so I had to wait several minutes for my order, but when I received it, it was fresh and hot. I ordered a sweet crepe with ricotta and jam, as this combination reminded me of the cottage cheese-filled pancakes I've eaten (and loved) in Eastern Europe. The crepe was quite good and very large, although for my taste a bit on the dry side. (Then again, not everyone is used to eating greasy and buttery Eastern European pancakes.) I'm somewhat glad this place isn't close to my home, because then I'd be eating there 3x a week, trying to find the perfect crepe filling.
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