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Menu Recommendations: DC Coast, Corduroy, Tenh Penh, Dino

I have reservations at DC Coast, Corduroy, Tenh Penh and Dino for Restaurant Week (or month, in Dino's case: http://www.dino-dc.com/2007/11/calend...) and I'm scouting some menu recommendations, especially since all of the above are offering their full entree list. Sorry if this is a cross-post.

I'm especially interested in hearing what you all have to say about DC Coast, since I usually stick to salmon, scallops, or mahi-mahi at seafood restaurants. Is the lobster still the critics' pick at DC Coast? I've actually never (gasp!) eaten lobster at a restaurant.

Thanks in advance. I'd be happy to share my experience!

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  1. At TenPehn I've always been very happy with any of their fish/seafood entrees. I've been 3 or 4 times but it's been awhile so I can't remember specifics. They have one of the most consistant RW menus in the city though in my opinion.

    I'm going to Corduroy tonight for dinner so I'll report back afterwards.

    In terms of DC Coast I've never been but strangly enough my best friend goes there all the time to eat their lamb chop. So that's her recommendation at least :)

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    1. re: Elyssa

      I have been to DC Coast 4 times now, and I must say that I have never been disappointed by anything on their menu.

      For an appetizer my favorites are Blue Hill Mussels, and the Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Anaheim Chili Relleno - both are very good, especailly the chili relleno, which comes with very good salsas.

      As for entrees - I have had their free range chicken, which is prepared very well. I also recommend their Sea Bass - but that's a favorite of mine at most seafood restaurants.

      Dessert - Orange-Cardamom Spiced Creme Brulee - so very good, and not something that I have had anywhere else.

      Let me know how it goes - DC Coast was on my list for my BF and I to go, but we are venturing to the Melting Pot since I've never had fondu before.

      1. re: Elyssa

        We did RW lunch at TenPenh today.

        There were about 5 or 6 appetizer choices, of which I chose the chicken lettuce wraps and my husband had the soup of the day (lobster bisque). The lettuce wrap was a generous portion, and a lighter option than many of the other offerings. It was excellent. The lobster bisque was a spin on the classic, in that they used coconut milk instead of cream. The result was a lighter, sweeter soup base, with plenty of chuncks of sweet lobster. I usually don't like lobster bisque, and although the portion was small and I only got one bite, I was impressed.

        For entrees you could choose off the menu. For the dinner menu I know they have an upcharge for the lobster ($12) and the whole fish ($9). Of these two only the whole fish was on the lunch menu (and an obvious bargain since there was no upcharge at lunch). Nonetheless, I opted for the scallops, which were 4 generous scallops pan seared but served on a skewer, with a potato cake and some seaweed/cucumber salad. These were served over a citrus sauce, which had a little bit of a kick to it! My husband got the pecan crusted halibut. It was a bit oily for me, but it was served over delicious japanese eggplant and in a wine reduction. Tasty, but again, a little greasy.

        For desserts we had 3 choices and opted for the brownie and the lemon curd tart. I preferred my tart, and my husband preferred his brownie (I found it a little too gingerbread-y) but we were both happy.

        Note that we previewed the dinner menu out of curiousity and most of the entrees seem to be different iterations than those on the lunch menu (i.e. the scallops for dinner are a different preparation). Also, many people seemed to order the spring rolls as their appetizer. They looked good but there were 3 of them with 3 dipping sauces, and I just wasn't in the mood for fried food at noon.

      2. I had a good scallops dish at DC coast with squash ravioli served with it. Had a great blackened tilapia there once as well, but it was probably two years ago at this point.

        Haven't been to Corduroy (unfortunately) or TenPehn.

        At Dino, my uncle had the lasagna, which is something I never order, and it was incredible. I also love the wild boar pasta I had. Roast chicken=so/so. Good crostini appetizers and cheeses.

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        1. re: bylinemjf

          It's been a long time since I've eaten at Dino but I do remember a yummy crostini, cheese dish, and beautifully done rustic pasta dishes (the simpler the better).

        2. There is another current thread on Corduroy. At Tenpenh Ilove their spicy Calamari salad if it is available. I am addicted to it. It is really spicy though, fyi.

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          1. re: ktmoomau

            the crab tower at dc coast was great last time i was there

            1. re: elegantelliot

              I don't even know what that is but it sounds awesome! :)

              1. re: Elyssa

                i just looked at the menu and it isnt listed, it must be seasonal. its just a crab cake with half of a soft shell sticking out of the top. yum :)

                1. re: elegantelliot

                  I was expecting this monstrosity of delicious crab with legs, and soft shells and crab cakes all towered with glorious dipping sauces. I think my foodie mind is in over drive :)

          2. We had dinner last night at DC Coast and it was VERY uneven. The place is nice and the service good. I had the foie gras appetizer on Johnnie cake and it was outstanding. My companion had the chili relleno, which he thought was fantastic. The main courses were a different story. He had striped bass and while the fish was good, it was over-cooked and under-seasoned. The potatoes were good but the brussels sprouts were bitter and poorly prepared. I had the scallops. They were acceptable but everything else on the plate was inedible! The squash risotto was crunchy and tasted awful, and the stringy meat on top of the scallops was the same. I just pushed it all aside and ate the scallops. A poor showing indeed for one of DC's supposed best restaurants. We won't be back.

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            1. re: buff crone

              I am so sorry to hear that! My RW meal at DC Coast was fantastic. I was with a group of five others who all raved about their food, save for dessert, which to me was pretty standard (I'm not much of a dessert person to begin with). But I went with the lobster and the clam chowder and thought both were outstanding. And for RW, the service was pretty much unbeatable.

                1. Tempura Tuna Roll at Ten Penh is fantastic.