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Spoken English, Chefs James Wozniuk and Matt Crowley's Homage to Tachinomiyas at The Line DC Hotel in Adams Morgan

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Most progressive dining experience to date! Innovative flavor combinations make for a super fun and delicious evening!! Beyond excited to see what James Wozniuk, Matt Crowley and Pichet Ong will create next!!

  • KOKURYU 'BLACK DRAGON'
    TEDORIGAWA KINKA 'GOLDEN BLOSSOM'
  • FERMENTED DURIAN CURRY
    Spaghetti Squash
  • CHICKEN SKIN DUMPLING
    Ginger Dipping Sauce
  • BLOOD CAKE
    Cilantro, Peanut, Lime
  • WHOLE ROAST DUCK
    Flour Tortillas, Broth, Duck Confit Salad, Seasoned Hoisin, Hot Sauce, Cucumbers and Scallion
  • SILVER 
    Eggplant, Miso, Fennel
     

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Four of us ordered 1 of everything from the skewers and small plates portion of the menu, plus the chicken yakitori and a few extra orders of things we especially liked.  Everything was good to excellent with the possible exception of the durian curry, which was the only plate that wasn't returned clean, and the cocktails, which I thought were a bit of a mess. Standouts were the trumpet mushrooms (ordered 2x), the bloodcake, the chicken breast (believe it or not...super juicy and flavorful), the prawn, the short rib skewer (ordered 2x) and the chicken skin dumpling.  Every element of the yakitori was excellent, though I wish they'd grilled the livers instead of making a mouse out of them.  This is a fun space with very much a chef's table feel (you are steps away from the chefs) with enthusiastic service all around.  Though just a word of warning before going in you are STANDING throughout this entire meal...the entire space kitchen included can't be more than 400 sq ft and there is no room for chairs.  

We debated ordering the duck.  $100 seems pretty steep but now that I see dslee's pictures above I'm regretting we didn't try it.  Something to look forward to next time.

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We debated ordering the duck.  $100 seems pretty steep but now that I see dslee's pictures above I'm regretting we didn't try it.  Something to look forward to next time.

$100 for the privilege of eating faux Peking duck while standing?  Has anyone knowledgeable actually spoken in favor of this fowl?

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I am skeptical about Tom's opinion on Asian food.  I imagine the duck probably tastes pretty good, but twice as good as Peter Chang's Peking duck?  

Curious, those people who won't stand in line for a restaurant, would you go stand up to eat?

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I have a lot of faith in James Wozniuk, if past is prologue.  Still, it seems that here, as at all the Line restaurants, the prices are ratcheted up (perhaps not unjustifiably, but considerably more than they would be elsewhere) because of the setting in a swanky hotel.

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Standing isn't bad! Loved standing bars/tachinomiyas in Japan! Not paying a hundy for Peking duck, tho. 

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Wholesale ducks worth a damn are anywhere from $4.50-$6/lb, weigh 5-7/lb ($20-$30 just for the duck) and there are Pekin, Muscovy or Moulard variables. It is easier and more definitive to inquire as to the type of duck being used than it is to speculate. Then the value of going to a fashionable boutique hotel for the luxury of eating out can be calculated. The Line might compensate their staff well, perhaps the duck demands a fair amount of work and maybe the novelty of standing is worth the premium. If a duck dinner feeds 3 or more, is a quality product and tastes good, then $33/pp might not be worth the fraught deliberation. There are other options

If Mr. Sietsema’s reviews are within the purview of consumer advocacy, the quality & provenance of the ingredients and how well the staff is compensated would help diners make a more calculated decision about where they choose to spend their ducats.

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I don't stand in long lines for restaurants and I wouldn't stand during an entire meal, either. 

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On 5/4/2018 at 11:02 AM, Ericandblueboy said:

I am skeptical about Tom's opinion on Asian food.  I imagine the duck probably tastes pretty good, but twice as good as Peter Chang's Peking duck?  

Curious, those people who won't stand in line for a restaurant, would you go stand up to eat?

Hell no. Oh hell no. OH.HELL.NO.

I do not care how good the food is. No.

It will be interesting to see when the first lawsuit citing the Americans with Disabilities Act hits the courts, too.

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On 5/7/2018 at 10:47 AM, Poivrot Farci said:

Wholesale ducks worth a damn are anywhere from $4.50-$6/lb, weigh 5-7/lb ($20-$30 just for the duck) and there are Pekin, Muscovy or Moulard variables. It is easier and more definitive to inquire as to the type of duck being used than it is to speculate. Then the value of going to a fashionable boutique hotel for the luxury of eating out can be calculated. The Line might compensate their staff well, perhaps the duck demands a fair amount of work and maybe the novelty of standing is worth the premium. If a duck dinner feeds 3 or more, is a quality product and tastes good, then $33/pp might not be worth the fraught deliberation. There are other options

If Mr. Sietsema’s reviews are within the purview of consumer advocacy, the quality & provenance of the ingredients and how well the staff is compensated would help diners make a more calculated decision about where they choose to spend their ducats.

13 hours ago, Pool Boy said:

Hell no. Oh hell no. OH.HELL.NO.

I do not care how good the food is. No.

It will be interesting to see when the first lawsuit citing the Americans with Disabilities Act hits the courts, too.

See above. You could just ask the restaurant about accommodations for the disabled instead of speculating about ADA lawsuits on the internet. 

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24 minutes ago, kmcass said:

See above. You could just ask the restaurant about accommodations for the disabled instead of speculating about ADA lawsuits on the internet. 

That's a hoot. Of course I could. That said, accommodations for the disabled currently do not affect me, so it is of no immediate concern to me personally. And I am free to speculate whenever I feel like, thanks. :)

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In Tom Sietsema's chat yesterday he said that you can order off the Spoken English menu at Brothers and Sisters - I thought that was a super good tidbit as the menu at the former was more interesting the but the standing situation was unappealing to me (even as someone who will happily wait in line).

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On 5/10/2018 at 11:00 AM, FranklinDubya said:

In Tom Sietsema's chat yesterday he said that you can order off the Spoken English menu at Brothers and Sisters - I thought that was a super good tidbit as the menu at the former was more interesting the but the standing situation was unappealing to me (even as someone who will happily wait in line).

Update from Tom's chat this week - the comment last week was mean to imply the Spoken English menu was available at Brothers and Sisters for people with disabilities (that would prevent them from standing) only.  Apologies for spreading fake news here.

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May 26, 2018

A truly inspiring and innovative menu at Spoken English makes for a super exciting dining experience.  À la carte dishes along with the 8-course Chicken Yakitori dinner ($25) are so darn delightful all I wanted to do was to keep on ordering all night long.  James Wozniuk's cooking is insanely delicious.  Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to return again and again and again.

  • Perfect beginning with wine at the bar at Brothers and Sisters
  • Standing in anticipation of what is to come is thrilling.  So exciting to watch the chefs prepare each dish before presentation to the table.
  • MOREL MUSHROOM 
    Pine
  • GREEN HILL CAMEMBERT 
    Fermented honey, Smoked Olive Oil, Toast
  • LEEK
    Romesco
  • CHICKEN YAKITORI (1)
    Chicken Liver Toast
  • CHICKEN YAKITORI (2)
    Chicken Hearts
  • CHICKEN YAKITORI (3)
    Chicken Thigh
  • CHICKEN YAKITORI (4)
    Chicken Breast 
  • CHICKEN YAKITORI (5)
    Chicken Meatball 
  • {continued in second post}

 

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  • {continued from previous post}
  • CHICKEN YAKITORI (6)
    Chicken Skin
  • CHICKEN YAKITORI (7)
    Chicken Stuffed Wing
  • CHICKEN YAKITORI (8)
    Chicken Broth
  • Perfect Sweet Ending!

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[Okie, dokie - for this to make the laugh committee laugh, or even not break the computer, I had to clip the video. I do appreciate the enthusiasm and the sentiment. DR]

 

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