As much as my dear friends in DC may dispute it, the food scene is really turning around. When we couldn’t fathom waiting in line at Bad Saint in the rain, we ended up at Maketto and it was hardly a consolation prize. A mashup of Cambodian and Taiwanese which results in some delicious dishes in a funky, casual space that is not DC in a great way. And in the year of fried chicken, another great addition with this fantastic five spice caramel version.
braised pork steamed bao, braised pork, hoisin sauce
crispy gruyere dumplings, chinese beef chili, fermented mustard greens
spicy laab and bone marrow, mixed herbs, spicy ground pork, chilis
wok fried rice noodles, mushroom sauce, local vegetables
maketto fried chicken, five spice caramel, housemade bread
Much of the improvement in the DC dining scene can be attributed to the opening of branches of restaurants from elsewhere. And while I try to avoid places that I can find at home, in this case having a Momofuku only a short walk from the convention center was pretty fantastic.
Once again Bon Appetit’s best new restaurants list has not lead me astray. The influence of Chef Langhorne’s time at McCrady’s is definitely apparent. Such a cozy vibe just perfect for a place with only a wood fire. Everything was wonderful and a repeat visit will certainly be made my next time in DC.
18 month broadbent’s country ham, biscuit & house condiments
Pork rillette, grilled ciabatta, mustard seed, ramps, fennel & herbs
Maryland blue crab, sunchokes, bearnaise & aleppo
Winter squash cooked in the fire, goat feta, walnuts, mustard greens & fresh horseradish
Confit potato salad, broadbent’s bacon, parsley, pickled mustard seed & cured egg yolk
Whistle pig farm pork cabbage wraps – pork loin and shoulder, roasted cauliflower, fermented chili, apple, peanuts, pickles, herbs