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Komi or Viridian ?

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boltz2000 May 8, 2007 12:32 PM

I'm taking a friend out for a birthday dinner Thursday night and have reservations at both places. Neither of us have been to either.

Which would you choose...and why?

  1. jpschust May 8, 2007 01:49 PM

    Komi- simply more stunning, original menu.

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      oysterspearls May 8, 2007 02:36 PM

      The dinner I had at Komi recently was in my top five all time meals. And you can trust I'm not a frequent customer of Olive Garden. LOL

      1. biscuit May 8, 2007 04:03 PM

        Never been to Viridian, but Komi is spectacular. Agree with the previous poster. One of my all-time top five.

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          Dakota Guy May 8, 2007 06:30 PM

          No contest. Komi. Viridian isn't in the same class in food quality or originality. [Yes, I have been to both a number of times].

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            Dakota Guy May 9, 2007 05:15 AM

            By the way ... order the tasting menu at Komi. It is a great experience. The many tiny appetizers (meze) are inventive and something you both will remember.

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              gooseterp May 9, 2007 10:50 AM

              They only do a tasting menu now... so there isn't an option.

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                Dakota Guy May 9, 2007 11:14 AM

                Thanks. Been a few months since I was there. They used to offer a choice on weeknights but I never ordered a la carte so I didn't pay much attention

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                  frugalgourmet Jun 2, 2007 10:05 PM

                  any particular a "must" on the tasting menu?

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            dcandohio May 8, 2007 06:38 PM

            Viridian is a very nice restaurant. You will have a nice time there. Komi, on the other hand, is a GREAT restaurant. You will have a memorable time there.

            I liked Viridian for its sheer guts - the launch of a fairly spare atmosphere, fine-dining experience on that dicey 14th street corridor...but Komi ranks as one of my four or five all-time favorite D.C, dining experiences (having been there twice). Each time was magic. And Komi delivers the magic without attitude, in a space that seems more like a treasured friend's living room than a restaurant. Viridian will offer you a lovely dinner. Komi will offer you a world-class experience.

            1. Geoff May 9, 2007 06:02 AM

              Piling on here - Komi, simply no contest. I would argue that this is the best cooking/experience in the city right now.

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                Pool Boy Jun 5, 2007 06:33 AM

                Never been to Viridian (or even heard of it), but Komi is spectacular. Highly recommended.

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