Full Kee Alerts
1. I was told at FK last night that today (Friday) would be the first day of the FK soft-shell season! (Say no more.)
2. FK is opening a Virginia branch near Bailey's Crossroads, ostensibly this coming Sunday or Monday. The proprietors of the H Street location told me (i) that the chefs on H St. are staying put (I'm a tad skeptical); (ii) that the chefs they're bringing in to the NoVa location are fabulous (what else would they say?); (iii) that the menu in NoVa will be much more extensive, esp. the seafood, because of a much larger kitchen; and (iv) that's it's increasingly diffcult to stay afloat on H Street as a result of the MCI-inspired rent-gouging and absence of parking. I suspect (alas) that it's only a matter of time -- although that could mean several years -- before the entire operation is moved to NoVa. But I have no specific information to indicate that that's so.
Yes, simply order the soft-shell crabs. They're (fairly lightly) deep-fried. Also, the spicy shrimp (heads on) have been especially crunchy, juicy and delish of late.
I went to the new NoVa Full Kee this weekend. The same menu, with approx. two dozen additional dishes, including various grouper, conch, cuttlefish (I had it with XO sauce), dishes. I carried out and it seemed very good; but it'll take a few sit-down visits in order fairly to compare to H St.
Thanks for the heads up....I have been out of town but I will try and head down to Full Kee tomorrow. I hope they have them.
A question: why is Full Kee relatively late in offering soft-shells? Other reputable places have had them on the menu for several weeks. Do they catch their own?
I share your concern about the opening of the Full Kee in Northern Virginia.....let's hope for the best.