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Early look at Thally

 

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad

 

 

After its first full week of operation, Thally is plagued with notable hiccups in the front and back of the house.  I hope for Thally’s sake that it finds its footing in the next few weeks or months given the stiff competition in the Shaw neighborhood it calls home.

 

 

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Table: Don’t be fooled by mellow flavors

Table's pork belly and clams

Pork belly and clams

Much like chef Frederik de Pue, Table’s dishes are low-key and high quality.  I recently visited the Shaw-area restaurant for a friend’s birthday dinner. The dishes we sampled were delicate in flavor and seemingly simple in preparation, yet there was no mistaking Chef de Pue’s skillful execution in each bite.  Part of me really yearned for some bolder flavors. Perhaps I was just expecting the dishes to be more in line with de Pue’s classical French training.

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First Look at Bistro Bohem

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Bistro Bohem is a promising new addition to the Shaw area. The servers are friendly and upbeat and the vibe on a Saturday night was simultaneously energetic and low-key/casual. The restaurant makes the most of its tiny space by doing away with seating at the island/bar that sits in the middle of the restaurant. Similarly, some space at the main bar is standing only.

Bistro Bohem specializes in Czech cuisine. (The menu can be found here.) My friend and I selected a few of the more traditional Czech dishes for our first visit. We sampled the house-made pâté, potato pancakes, pierogi, and beef goulash. The pierogi and potato pancakes were fantastic. The potato-filled pierogi, topped with sautéed onions and a light cream sauce, were well-seasoned and hearty. The potato pancakes were served over field greens and topped with chunks of chicken breast mixed with a garlic aioli sauce. They were devilishly delicious. In comparison, the house-made pâté and goulash were quite flat. They were both in desperate need of seasoning. The one intriguing component of the goulash were the bread dumplings. They resembled something between bread and potato with a chewy consistency.  To my surprise, I liked them. They would have been the perfect foil to the goulash, had the goulash been seasoned properly. Maybe the inconsistency in flavor and seasoning are the result of new kitchen woes. The restaurant has only been fully operational for about a week.  I guess only time will tell.

Beef goulash

We also sampled one of the speciality cocktails — the Fernet martini. It’s made with ginger-infused vodka, Fernet Branca, and lime juice. I’d never had or heard of Fernet Branca before, but I liked the other ingredients and thought I’d give it a shot. For those that have never had it, Fernet Branca is an Italian liqueur/bitter. Its taste is sharp, bitter, and somewhat earthy. Some say it aids in digestion.  All I know for sure is that it is not for me. The overwhelming flavor of the Fernet and the ginger made it hard to drink the martini. Of course, I drank the whole thing. I am a big proponent of “the no drink left behind” way of life.  Next time, beer may be the better route.  The menu had an interesting selection of beers — many of which I don’t often see at other local bars.

As I said, Bistro Bohem shows promise. Their patio area will soon be open and I’d like to go back during the summer and after the restaurant has had a few months to settle in.  It would also be nice if they add some lighter fare for those sweltering DC summer days. Just the idea of eating pierogi and potato pancakes in 90-degree weather makes me sweat.

Bistro Bohem
   600 Florida Ave NW
   Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 735-5895
Hours: Tue-Sun 5pm-12am
Closest metro: Shaw/Howard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two for one: My long overdue reviews of Seasonal Pantry & SUNdeVICH

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It just didn’t feel right to take pictures.  I felt like I needed to preserve the sanctity of these two places, to the extent a food blogger can.  I’m talking about SUNdeVICH and Seasonal Pantry.  Long overdue, I decided to make my initial trek to these two stores, nestled in Shaw in a somewhat quiet neighborhood and right around the corner from each other.  The trek was worth it and I’m definitely going back.

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