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Lunch Suggestions In Dupont Circle

kallisti Aug 29, 2006 01:37 PM

So my co-workers and I are going out to lunch tomorrow. Penang was floated, but the Dupont location seems to have gotten underwhelming reviews here. Malaysia Kopitiam seemed good, but then when I dug deeper into discussions, people seemed to think that wasn't great either. We don't have to have Malaysian food, but we don't want to go to CPK or Bertucci's or anything like that. There will be at least 7 of us, though probably no more than 10, if that makes any difference. So.... suggestions?

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    LisaB RE: kallisti Aug 29, 2006 07:02 PM

    Easy! Raku is great! You can order small plates to share or get your own large dish. For small plates- I love the Tuna Napolean and the Mixed Grill appetizer with tofu, chicken and shrimp. For big plates, you can't go wrong with the Kway Teow. Their sushi is ok too. Be warned, however, service can be sloooow.

    1. Chocolatechipkt RE: kallisti Aug 29, 2006 10:36 PM

      I love Raku! Their bento boxes are great, too. On a different front, I like Sette Osteria as well.

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        julialimei RE: Chocolatechipkt Sep 2, 2006 12:00 AM

        I've always had decent food at Raku, but never once have I had good or even decent service. One time, the waiter added something to our bill that we didn't order (or receive) and refused to take it off. When we asked to talk to the manager, the waiter refused to get him/her for us. It was infuriating.

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          Chocolatechipkt RE: julialimei Sep 2, 2006 06:05 AM

          I bet it was! I've only been to Raku in Bethesda, and I've never had any problems there, well besides long lines at lunch.

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        DC in DC RE: kallisti Aug 30, 2006 03:10 PM

        Oh no - Penang is terrible! I was there two weeks ago for lunch and the food was so bad my companion and I agreed we'd never go back. The lunch specials actually tasted pre-made (meat was dried out; sauce was congealed) and was bad to boot (no balance in spices; sauce separated into grease and non-grease; and I think they burned one or more ingredients). I had a curry and my friend had the barbeque, which he said had almost no flavor. Blech!

        1. debit RE: kallisti Aug 31, 2006 02:32 PM

          I second the Sette suggestion. What about Pesce?

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            julialimei RE: kallisti Sep 2, 2006 12:01 AM

            I've had a few decent meals at Nooshi...though it has been a year or more since I was last there.

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              Chocolatechipkt RE: julialimei Sep 2, 2006 06:04 AM

              Mmm, Nooshi. I loved Oodles Noodles (a sister to Nooshi) when it was in Bethesda.

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