I was meeting a friend at Mourayo for dinner to catch up and try a new place.  Both of us forgot the address (and I had left my cell phone at home), but I wish someone would have told me it was the restaurant with the big boat on their awning!  Then I would have remembered! 

Anyway, after it ended up as one of Tom Sietsema’s fall 2007 restaurants, we both figured we had to try it! 

  • Food: My friend ordered one of the whole fresh fish grilled (I think it was the Royal Dorade) which was simple and good.  I figured since she was getting the fish, I should get something different.  So I ordered the “Pythagoras ‘Theorema'” which is the pork loin, figs, manouri cheese, and honey sauce.   Wow, it was quite amazing!  While it was sweet, it wasn’t overly sweet.  The pork was cooked perfectly. 
  • Service: We sat at the bar since we didn’t make reservations — and it was packed on a Tuesday!  Regardless, it was very pleasant.  Plus, we were able to chat with an older gentleman (might be the manager/owner).  He was such a nice guy and we enjoyed engaging in a discussion with him.  We asked him what we should order, what wine to get, etc.   
  • Atmosphere: Very cozy and quaint.  There’s only a few tables and seats so that’s why reservations are suggested!  The attire is casual/business casual. 
  • Attire: Business casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall: I will definitely go back and I look forward to trying their many other tasty dishes!

Details:

  • Reservations recommended.
  • Hours: Daily 11:30am-3 pm Mon-Thu 5:30-10 pm Fri-Sun 5:30-12am
  • Address: 1732 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009
  • Ph: 202-667-2100
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If you’re a wine fan, I think you’ll like Veritas Wine Bar.  I enjoyed it!  They only serve cheese and charcuterie so definitely not a place to go on an empty stomach! 

The interior is dark and comfortable.  It feels like you just stepped into a upscale cellar with a nice bar and stools.  There are also tables by the windows. 

Where the typical bar would have their liquor displayed, Veritas has their wall filled with wine refrigerators set at the perfect temperature so you can try one of their 64 different “wines by the glass.”  In addition, you have hundreds of different bottles of wine to choose from.

They also have 1/2 price wine on Mondays!  Now that’s a spectacular happy hour!

Details:

  • Reservations not accepted.  
  • Hours: Daily 5-close
  • Address: 2031 Florida Avenue NW; Washington, DC 20009
  • Ph: 202.265.6270

One of my weaknesses is Thai food.  I love it.  Going to a new Thai restaurant is always exciting for me.  I always order Pad Thai as my first entrée because if they make good Pad Thai, then everything else will be good.  If their Pad Thai is bad, forget it.  I’ll never go again.

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve hit a couple of new Thai restaurants.  One was bad and the other was good.  A new restaurant opened up in Dupont Circle, across from the Rite Aid on Florida Ave NW, called Banana Leaves.  I had a lot of hope because not only is it close, but they deliver.  Unfortunately, I will never order from them again.  It was bad because:

  • It was bland.  There was absolutely no flavor (despite asking for medium spice).
  • It was oily.  Forget it. 

I threw away the menu.  And I recommend you don’t order from this place.  Sorry, you have no idea how much I wanted to like you! 

The good one was called Bua Thai.  It’s on P St NW and 16th (Dupont Circle) which is great because I can easily walk there after work (and I have) to pick up dinner.  And guess what friends, THEY DELIVER!  Oh, they have a small wine list, but you can find something that will work for your meal. 

  • Food: Again, I ordered the Pad Thai and golden triangles (fried tofu, another favorite of mine) when I went out with a couple of friends. We were all very pleased and it was pretty darn cheap  I told the guy I wanted to spicy and it was perfect. As I like to say, I want to be “reminded I’m alive” and this definitely did that. The golden triangles were good (but not the best, I’ll tell you where the best ones are later). It was a bit oily and it was hot (as in temperature, not only spice). It was good and have I mentioned it was cheap?
  • Service: Very courteous but not annoying. They left us alone to talk, but always filled our water glasses. The only thing I thought was “weird/funny” was that when the food came out, they gave you forks.  So we had to request chopsticks.
  • Atmosphere: We sat alfresco on a beautiful fall evening — it was perfect. It’s not loud and annoying when you sit outside, but it’s not a super quiet place either. When we went (on a weekday), we were able to easily have (and hear) a conversation. Inside it seems fine, but not a place that I’d love to hang out for hours.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: Bua Thai is a place that I’d keep on speed dial because it’s quick, decent, and cheap. Oh, and unless you’re cheap, don’t take your first date here.  Perfectly fine to go after you’ve been dating a little bit. 

Details:

  • Reservations are accepted, but I have never had to make one yet.
  • Hours: Sun: 5-10:30 pm; Mon-Thu 5-10:30 pm; Fri-Sat 5-11 pm
  • Delivery Hours: Mon-Fri: 11:30 am-3 pm & 5 pm-10 pm; Sat-Sun: Noon-4 pm; 5-10 pm
  • Address: 1635 P Street, N.W.; Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202- 265-0828