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  1. Haven't been to Komi in years and would appreciate some updated info. How do the dietary restrictions/substitutions work? Something discussed while making a reservation or upon arrivalat the restaurant? Considering going for my birthday, but am also pregnant and staying away from raw/undercooked proteins, etc. Also, is there only one seating and time available per night? Thanks!
  2. Just had an enjoyable dinner here tonight. A disclaimer of sorts - I grew up in Hong Kong, but don't consider myself an expert on the food. Of our 3 appetizers, the dan dan noodles, cheung fun and kowloon buns - the last were definitely our favorite. I should have heeded the above review and not bothered with the cheung fun - these are one of my all time fave dim sum dishes, so it had a lot of living up to do. I found them kind of bland and the noodle was too thick. The dan dan wasn't sauce-y or nutty enough and strayed too far from the authentic - give me a bowl from A&Js over this version any day. For our entree, we got the BBQ plate and thought it was very good - the pork belly had tooth-shatteringly crispy skin and the char siu had good flavor and char (ha, ha). The soy chicken was also very moist and flavorful.
  3. We were there this past Friday night, and I totally agree, Lori. I'm very surprised they didn't give the new pricing more of a chance - but as others have said, their initial mistakes with the concept must have been too great to overcome. I was surprised at how few tables there were, maybe only 7 or so? There were only 2 other tables occupied when we were there, but we also had a 5:30 reservation,so I thought it was early.
  4. Complete charmer for sure! I was quite giddy.
  5. What a terrible loss. I remember my one dinner at Citronelle very fondly. I was dining in Central once, when chef walked in. As he passed our table, he sorta pinched my side and told me I needed to eat more - I was totally charmed.
  6. Thank you. I've looked at Bistro Bethem's site but haven't yet looked at Kybecca.
  7. Any suggestions for dinner on Saturday night in Fredricksburg? If it has a dedicated thread, I've missed it.
  8. The ferry is a fun idea! Unfortunately, I think that will be too much to schedule/worry about the night before and with the rehearsal at the venue that afternoon. Update - Landini Brothers is a $67/person minimum (exclusive of taxes and fees) on Fridays and Saturdays.
  9. Thank you both so much! We had dinner at Theismann's to check it out and while the food was better than I expected, I was disappointed that the space wasn't more private. I'm saving myself the added headache of planning a day after brunch! How many people will you have? I've now contacted Chart House and Landini Brothers - thanks for those recs! Blackwall Hitch recommended the Crow's Nest area which is not quite big enough for our group and also not private and therefore incredibly loud. Mason Social never responded to my request but I suspect they are too small anyway. Virtue and Union Street don't have a good in between size for us and would require buyouts of areas capable of accommodating 100+ people. Overwood looks to be similarly priced to options I'm considering that have more exciting food options, and I'm not sure about the atmosphere at Lighthorse, having never been - their site makes it sound like it is a very bar/DJ type place at night.
  10. I did, thanks! Their food and beverage minimum is $5k for a Friday night - more than we're looking to spend.
  11. Hi all, Reaching out for some ideas after I've done some fairly extensive research. My best guess so far is that we'll have at least 50 people for a Friday night wedding rehearsal dinner. Mostly I've run into the issue of a restaurant's space not being large enough and another issue of the cost just being too expensive. 2 places that I'm considering are Carluccio's and Theismann's. I'm a bit wary of Carluccio's since they are new-ish and I'm not sure they have had much experience with private events. Though we have eaten there before and enjoyed our meals there. We are going to try Theismann's for the first time sometime this week. I'm leaning towards them because private events are something they seem more than comfortable with, to the point that they have a rehearsal dinner section on their website. It is also incredibly close to both hotels I have room blocks at. Any thoughts would be appreciated - thanks!
  12. Where did this come from is exactly what I was thinking, Jonathan - that's what puzzled me more than anything. It's like they're almost creating some new category of dining - entree prices, shareable concept, but with portions too tiny for that.
  13. After dinner here last night, I walked away feeling that this place is really quite expensive for what you get. I feel like there'd been a decent amount of hype surrounding the restaurant and I'd read some articles about it, so it's not as if I walked into the place having heard nothing about it. Yet, I had no clue it was a share plates type of place. Yes, that is typical for many places nowadays, but I guess nothing I'd read or heard had make me think this was anything but a more traditional appetizer/entree place. As Sietsema noted in his review, there's no separation on the menu between apps and entrees, but our waiter did tell us the plates were meant to be shared and they were listed in order of size. He recommended we order 5-6 dishes between the 2 of us and noted that even the largest dish ($28) was still smaller than a traditional entree. He also mentioned something about thinking of it as making your own tasting menu. We weren't super hungry, and so decided to cut his recommendation in half. We ordered the roasted beets ($14), chicken liver and foie gras parfait ($20) and the ranchers cut ($28). We also got the ice cream sandwich cookie ($9) for dessert which ended up being my favorite thing of the night. Their current online menu matches what we saw (but will likely change soon). I completely agree with Lori's descriptions above of the portions being small and "teeny". In the beet dish there were 4 chunks of beets that were each about the size of half a golf ball. The parfait came in the form of a bar that was maybe a little bigger than a Twix. It came with a slice of brioche that was cut in half. The beef was I'd guess about 4 oz (maybe?) the dish included a small sunchoke and a charred endive that was about half an inch wide and 5 inches long. No real complaints about the dessert, as mentioned above I could eat that thing every day and be happy. The complimentary (ciabetta?) bread they brought out was excellent and had just the right amount of char on it. It was served with a delicious sorghum butter. Drinks included one (tiny) cocktail, a beer (Right Proper Haxan at $8 for a mere 12 oz pour) and a $5 nonalcoholic thyme lemonade. The bill came with 4 really good cookies a little bigger than a quarter - 2 ginger sorghum and 2 pecan sandies which was a really nice touch. Our total bill before tip was about $105, which might not sound so expensive but honestly for the amount of food we got it was a lot more than I would have expected to pay. Luckily we made up for it in the bang for the buck category with dinner at Peter Chang's (Arlington) tonight.
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