domku, never again!
My husband and I moved to columbia heights a couple of months ago, and immediately were drawn to Domku, which is really only a few blocks from us. Our first visit, ho-hum, but it was dinner, so we thought, well, maybe it's more of a breakfast place. Second visit, no gravalax. Third and final visit...i ordered the salmon hash, hubby ordered the norwegian bendict. It came out literally ice cold. tried to get waitresses attention to no avail. resigned ourselves to eating it (it would have been ok if not ice cold). The benedict was served on circles of sourdough that were rock hard. Our coffee was never refilled. To cap the experience, the server informed us at THE END of the meal that the credit card machine wasn't working, but that she's be happy to copy down all my cc info and run it through "whenever."
Domku could be such an awesome restaurant, and we need awesome restaurants in this area sorely. but we will never go there again, and i recommend that you avoid it as well.
The service there is definitely uneven and apathetic at times, but if you have a thing for Eastern European/ Nordic drinks and eats or some kind of college backpacking or study abroad nostalgia, it may still be worth a visit. The eats may not be 100% authentic, but I've found them to be decent enough and they carry beer and liquor (try Zubrowka) that one cant easily find in other restaurants and stores.
It's beginning to sound like the classic case of a place that was opened by non-professionals (which I believe it was) who slowly learned how much work and sacrifice is needed to keep it going, and who gradually ran out of steam and let it go downhill. Add to that the challenges inherent in the "pioneer" aspect in that locality. Too bad, but not unexpected.