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If I have to pick only one for dinner, what will it be? Minibar? Komi?

agaaga Feb 25, 2013 12:31 PM

I am more interested in avant garde cuisine.
If I have to pick only one for dinner, what will it be? Minibar? Komi?
Supposing that I can get a table at Minibar, that is.

P.S. Does Komi allow photo-taking?


  1. Jay F Feb 25, 2013 12:39 PM

    No, they don't. Yay, Komi.

    1. e
      Elyssa Feb 25, 2013 02:28 PM

      Komi doesn't allow photo-taking.

      I think if its molecular gastronomy/avant garde cuisine you are after then you should try for Mini Bar. I haven't eaten there before but I have eaten at Komi and while it is an amazing meal, I wouldn't necessarily call it avant gard.

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        mnadel Feb 25, 2013 02:59 PM

        Neither. Both are worthwhile, but if you can only pick one dinner, I say pick Table 21 at Volt.

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        1. re: mnadel
          Doh Feb 26, 2013 06:04 AM

          I liked Table 21 better than Rogue, FWIW. I agree Komi is fantastic but not really going after the same thing.

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          autopi Feb 25, 2013 06:38 PM

          how does rogue 24 compare to these places?

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          1. re: autopi
            ipsedixit Feb 25, 2013 07:12 PM

            Rogue is better than both.

            Of the three I would rank them thusly:

            1. Rogue
            2. Komi
            3. Minibar

            1. re: ipsedixit
              agaaga Feb 26, 2013 12:44 PM

              I have been to Rogue already and while good, it was not mind-blowing. So if you say Roque is better than Minibar... Wow... I don't know what to expect from Minibar now...

          2. hill food Feb 25, 2013 07:28 PM

            I haven't been to minibar since shortly after it first opened. but I have hunch, I would have a different impression today than I did then.

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            1. re: hill food
              hill food Feb 26, 2013 06:53 PM

              edit for clarification: loved minibar in 2004-ish (has it really been that long?), not so sure if I would today. I'd go elsewhere if I had the option and budget.

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              Worldwide Diner Feb 26, 2013 06:24 AM

              If your goal is to collect experiences at celebrity chef joints, then you'd go to Minibar. If you want something unique to DC, you'd go to Komi. The problem with Rogue is you never know what you're gonna get (but it'll be creative and unique). The menu changes frequently - which is good if you're a local and want to keep trying new stuff. Volt is quite a drive but very good. A new contender in town for multi-course dining is Roberto Donna's 4 seat counter at Al Dente. Volt and Komi are less avant garde than Minibar and Rogue.

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              1. re: Worldwide Diner
                agaaga Feb 26, 2013 12:47 PM

                I enjoyed Rogue, but it was not really mind-blowing. Do you think Minibar may give me a better experience?

                1. re: agaaga
                  Worldwide Diner Feb 26, 2013 12:56 PM

                  I haven't been to the "new" Minibar, but my experience with the old Minibar was similar to what I got at Rogue. Some interesting hits, and some interesting but not so tasty misses. The problem is that Minibar is $225 now. To me that's too much money for interesting but not necessarily tasty food.

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                Bart Hound Feb 28, 2013 01:02 PM

                I don't think of Komi as avant garde at all. It's got a lot of small plates and it's beyond fantastic, but all the food looks pretty much like normal food.

                At Rogue 24 and minibar you might get a salad that looks like a pizza and a pizza that looks like a lawn mower! Not really, but I hope you get my point.

                If you want weird and different looking food, Komi is the most normal of the three.

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