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Apr 24, 2000 12:48 PM

Restaurant Nora: worth it?

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I am visiting my parents in the DC area (where I grew up) in a few weeks and want to have a really nice meal.

I have been longing to go to Nora b/c I am a big supporter of sustainable agriculture and organic food and, of course, b/c I hear the food is incredible. I'm interested to see how this environmental/political issue works its way into the menu and atmosphere there (if at all).

So, my question is this: is it worth the expense to go to Nora? And, if so, what's good?

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  1. Nora is sort of a holy fool, and her heart is in the right place, but the food is banal--even with those great ingredients. Her Asian place is even duller. But the wine list is pretty great, and you do feel as if you are supporting something. So...go. But don't expect too much.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Pepper

      I'm sorry Pepper didn't care for Nora's. My friends went there a couple of weeks ago and were happy with their veal and scallop dishes. It has a warm and charming atmophere and the service is good. It should appeal to your parents, too. My son, who is a sous chef at an upscale restaurant in San Francisco, proposed to his wife there. They both thought the food was excellent. Perhaps Pepper just likes spicier dishes?

      1. re: Kit

        Pepper cares deeply for pepper, yes, but that wasn't the source of the problem. Nora's food just seems sort of . . . undernourished. Not thought through. Without spark. Which as I've said, is kind of a shame, because the other aspects of the restaurant are so pleasant.

        1. re: Pepper

          Is it worth it? Sure, if your law firm is picking up the tab. The food is excellent; the atmosphere is delightful; but the prices are ridiculous. "Asia Nora," on M and 22, is even more stratospherically pricey, and the food is good, but not nearly worth it. For a business dinner, sure; otherwise, nah.

          1. re: John

            I agree with most of the posts. Nora has nothing to make it worth the price. The food generally is not well seasoned. We were not impressed.