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  1. Yeah, I was about to start a similar thread Friday to ask if anybody had ever been to or knew anything about Woo Lae Oak Korean restaurant behind Pentagon Row in Pentagon City. So...anybody know anything about Woo Lae Oak Korean restaurant behind Pentagon Row in Pentagon City?
  2. Yes, I know that the Tower Club is a private club, but anyone can be invited as a guest, and it happens to be one of the better places to eat and drink in the Tysons wasteland, so why not start a thread on it? Besides, if you're in the IT industry, there's likely to be a networking event at either the Tower or City Clubs that might draw you here. It's on the top floor of the tall brick building in Tysons that looks like it has two shopping bag handles on top. I used to be a member -- at that time a few years ago, the Tower Club in Tysons was also part of the ClubCorp group that included the City Club at Franklin Square and the City Club at Columbia Square. My favoriite of all three was the cozier Franklin Square, but it has since closed. The economic downturn led to cancelled memberships (like mine) and Franklin became a casualty. The City Club is ideal for the pre-Theater crowd, given its location at roughly 13th and F Sts. The Tower Club (and to a certain extent, the City Club), cater to IT executives and the legal community. Lobbyists and The Hill crowd have their own establishments. Tower and City make a lot of money on events like Holiday parties and well-heeled weddings, so that might be what's keeping the doors open. For sure, it's not the sparse crowds at lunch or dinner. I was a guest at the Tower Club two nights ago, and I can offer the following observations. First, the view is breathtaking, towering (as it were) over all of Tysons and for miles all around. Cigar smokers use the porch that wraps around the club to sip martinis and watch the traffic cross the Cabin John, to gauge their commute home. The 4th of July events at the Tower Club are popular because you can see the fireworks from Reston, Fairfax and downtown from that porch. The bar area is a tidy little area where the drinks are poured generously and the happy hour nibbles are enough to tide you over until you want dinner....which finally, after all these words, brings me to the food.... I wouldn't eat here on purpose. The service is gracious and nicely choreographed, and there's even a mint with your name on it waiting for you at the dinner table. But dinner -- prime rib for my host and stuffed Dover sole for me -- was in the edible but not at all memorable category. The Dover sole was pleasant enough, but a bit dried out and with what attempted to be crab stuffing but was almost flavorless. I can say much the same for many business lunches I've had here and in the City and Franklin Clubs. Think hotel food -- not the Cityzen hotel food, but maybe your typical Marriott or Hilton hotel food. I don't think I've ever eaten at any of their establishments without a flaw or two in every meal. On the other hand, I think the breakfast buffet at the Tower Club is one of the better deals around. For under $10 (only members can pay, so that makes it an even better deal for guests), the buffet has eveything you might want, even including an omelet station, and bagel with lox and all the toppings. Both of these Clubs have the atmosphere of a morgue. They are quiet, I'll hand that to them, but you almost feel uncomfortable saying anything....or responding to your host who invariably will say "Everything here is good." But my suggestion is to accept any invitation fo breakfast and suggest another venue for lunch or dinner.
  3. China Wok in Tyson's corner (next to Marshalls) hired Chef Wang formerly of Hunan Lion. He is not there every night, but when he is, he makes a mean Peking Duck. Call ahead to see if he is working. Plus they deliver Tyson's Corner 8395 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182 703-893-4488
  4. Has anyone wondered why the outlandishly luxurious Indian restaurant, Punjab Grill (website), just ... appeared? Did you know this wasn't their first restaurant in the Washington, DC area? The corporation behind it also owns American Tandoor (website) in Tysons Corner, which just closed suddenly, and without explanation. Jan 23, 2020 - "American Tandoor Temporarily Closes in Tysons Corner Center" by Catherine Douglas Moran on tysonsreporter.com American Tandoor is owned by Lite Bite Foods (website), a huge corporation in India. Lite Bite Foods also owns Punjab Grill, which has numerous locations in India (website), and if you click on the "Locations" link (bottom-right), you'll be taken to the "Institutional Catering Outlets" section of their website (although they apparently feature "Bespoke Catering" (website)). Lite Bite Foods has, according to their website, "a scale of over passionate 3500 employees." (I don't know if that's missing a hypen, or two words need to be flipped). They're also in partnership with Subway, PVR Cinemas, etc. - they own or manage over 300 restaurants (if you mill around their Indian corporate website, you can find out a lot), and I doubt they're shedding too many tears over the "temporary" closure of American Tandoor. But, in case anyone was wondering how or why someone spent so much money on decorating Punjab Grill, here's your answer. The opening chef here is apparently quite talented, and it would be wise to go on an off-night when you know he's running the kitchen and not slammed. Is this the "game-changing restaurant" Food and Wine (website) declared it to be last year? This company appears to be about volume and making money (although you could say the same thing about LVMH (website), who owns some of the most revered brands in the world (take a look at them - they're a remarkable collection) so who knows).
  5. A Taste of Urbanspace is off to soft start with 5 concepts ranging from pizza, to Southern style Biscuits, ice cream , Japanese comfort food, to Lao cuisine. This is a starting point, with the plan to open more stalls. I have been actively following all stalls on the INSTA, and I can say I have rarely seen so much love and excitement for the opening of a food hall. Mclean holds a special place in my life on account it was the first place I arrived to back in 1976, when my parents made the maiden voyage to the US from Laos. I like the motley crew of different cuisines that are being offered , and look forward to visiting each one. Taste of Urbanspace Opens in Tysons Galleria, Replacing Isabella Eatery, Vernon Miles , 12-5-18 via tysonsreporter.com mallrat, kat
  6. FYI-- This came in my in-box today: I had an excellent RW lunch meal there a few weeks ago. The calamari salad was perfectly cooked and tender, and it had a kick to it. I had the kobe beef entree which was phenomenal-- it wasn't quite medium rare (though, I don't know if kobe beef is supposed to be cooked like steak?), but the saucing made up for it. I might have held up the table a bit by cleaning my plate. Dessert-- I don't remember now, but no one at the table was too inspired by any of the choices. Service-- a bit slow, but reasonable given that it was RW. Server was nice and competent.
  7. Liu Chaosheng - who dat, you might ask. Well, he's the guy who opened Hong Kong Palace and Uncle Liu's Hot Pot, and he's now opened Asian Origin, in the old Panache space on Pinnacle Drive as noted in this McLean Patch article. When I first received a menu, I noted its Sichuan dishes and instantly decided to compare it to HKP (not knowing at the time they're sister restaurants). The beef, tendon, and tripe dish is $9 at HKP and $12 at AO. Spicy wontons are $6 at HKP and $8 at AO. Dan Dan Noodles are $7 at HKP and $8 at AO. So the prices are higher at AO, presumably reflecting a higher rent as well as fancier décor. Now I have to decide whether to drive a little farther to HKP or stay in McLean.
  8. As mentioned in a separate post, a number of new restaurants/food outlets recently opened in Tyson's Galleria. My daughter and I were out doing some Christmas shopping, and we decided to check out Sen Khao. I haven't been to Thip Khao, but I frequented Bangkok Golden a few years ago, which is the restaurant that introduced me to Lao cuisine. The menu is somewhat "compact", and featured two starters, a salad, two sticky rice dishes, and three noodle soups. You have your choice of proteins for the salad dish as well as the soups. We opted for Curry Puffs ($5) and two of the soups. The curry puffs may have been the best I've ever had. The dough was thin, light, and perfectly cooked, while the filling consisted of nicely seasoned pieces of potato. An order consists of two curry puffs with accompaniments. I chose the Khao Piak Sen ($14), which is a type of chicken soup featuring rice noodles, pulled chicken, garlic chili oil, herbs and greens, and some crispy rice. While it was slightly spicy, chili paste and raw chiles are available for those who like it hotter. This soup was a winner. Clean favors, nicely seasoned, and freshly prepared. (Note: The menu states the noodles are udon-style, and while I'm not a noodles expert, I think rice noodles were used.) My daughter opted for Mee Kathi with tofu, which is a coconut curry rice noodle based soup flavored with egg, peanuts, cabbage, and banana blossom. She declared her soup to be outstanding as well. The service was extremely quick, and the staff was very friendly and helpful as well. If I worked in the Galleria or lived nearby, Sen Khao would be on my short list. We strolled to check out the other food outlets, and picked up an eggnog ice cream cone ($4) at Ice Cream Jubilee. The eggnog ice cream was fantastic. Creamy, rich, and with a hint of rum. They offer several interesting flavor combinations (Thai Iced Tea, etc.) Looking forward to a return visit there, as well.
  9. Paty's American looks and feels familiar, which is no surprise given it's a new restaurant in the GAR group. To be clear, I've always liked these restaurants, believing they offer a good meal (and most often I think it's better than good), that's reasonably priced, and comes with excellent service. To be sure, thats my take on most "upscale chains" (e.g. Cheesecake Factory), and I'm not a tough critic in general, so you might need a grain of salt with this review. Still, one among an army of hostesses led us to a comfortable booth in a neo-industrial space (with one wall having a gigantic, and bizarre mural consisting of an eclectic collection of famous people), drink orders were taken promptly, and our server even asked our preference for bread in the soon-to-arrive bread basket (we wanted those donut hole-like rolls, natch). I had the Tex-Mex Eggrolls and the Louisiana Pasta and both held up their end of the bargain. We were handled by multiple servers and bus-persons, and everyone was eager to help. The boy got the Calamari, and the lobster ginger sauce that came with it was very tasty. The wife got the Charleston Salad, which looked fresh and comes with quite a bit of fried chicken. This restaurant holds the line with the others.
  10. Lunch today at Earl's Kitchen + Bar in Tysons was surprisingly good for a Tysons lunch spot. The place is large, bar-forward, sort of like a GAR place. Instead of a food-for-the-masses kind of menu, it has some interesting wrinkles like a truly good sushi roll menu and a poke bowl that my companions both raved about. I had the swordfish tacos, which were delicious if slightly messy to eat. The burgers coming out of the kitchen looked substantial. The heritage is Canadian but the menu is anything but. Definitely worth a try among the wasteland of lunch options in Tysons proper.
  11. This place is ~just about to open~, but they've yet to put up a website. The only proof they exist at all is their Facebook page and a really ostentatious and attention-grabbing fascia - see for yourselves! Ballsy of them to decide to compete with Nostos and the Tysons Galleria Lebanese Taverna in far more centralized locations right down the road. One plus of their place over Nostos - covered/underground parking - though it looks like it'd be a tight fit. I'll try to get a menu or something from this place - or eat there - sometime soon.
  12. To quote The List. Are you on it?, a churrascaria or rodizio is coming to DC proper. Note: don't invite Waitman for it is a chain.
  13. I had lunch at Nostos today, and it shattered two notions that I thought were inviolable. The first one is that Tysons is where good restaurants go to die amidst the indifference of wall-to-wall chains. The second is that Greek food in the suburbs is unrefined and unsubtle -- Zaytinya, Komi and Kellari Taverna belong downtown, while the suburbs get the mom-n-pop family restaurants that dole out gut-bombs in family-friendly settings. I held these two beliefs firmly....until today....when I ate at Nostos....wow! Nostos opened in May, in the former deli across from Morton's on 8100 Boone Blvd. in Tysons. It is nicely decorated in mostly grays and whites, with a beautiful stone wall along on one end of the dining room that has about 20 tables. There is another small section with about 7-8 tables for a more private setting, and a long bar area to the right of the entrance. The food here is really very good. We began with fried disks of zucchini with a tzaziki sauce and roasted beets with a dab of goat cheese on each piece. They were each really good. Then came a seafood sampler of sardines, calamari, octopus and shrimp, and while it was all good, the octopus was outstanding. It was marinated and cold, but it was worth eating over and over again. The waiter told me the grilled version is even better, so that's on the list for the next visit. On to the meats, and first there was the grilled filet, then there was the Greek burgers with tzaziki sauce, and then there was the roast lamb....each morsel was perfection. I remember taking a bite of the filet and looking out the window across the street at Morton's, and thinking that nothing on the menu there compared to the flavor and texture of this little masterpiece. Desserts and coffee followed, and I believe the kataifi was one of the best sweet items I have tasted in a while. Many hours later, I'm still full and will probably skip dinner tonight. As far as I'm concerned, this is the best Greek restaurant in the state of Virginia. But unless patronage increases, it is not likely to survive for long in Tysons. They will need about 80-100 covers a day, and lunch today looked to be about 20 or so. But this is the kind of restaurant Tysons needs, and I encourage everyone reading this to head over there and give it a try. Website
  14. In the same space formerly occupied by the excellent Maestro, the promising Michel, and the disappointing America Eats Tavern, we now have Entyse....which is neither excellent, promising, nor disappointing. I met a companion for lunch today, and it turned out to be OK. I ordered the 1700 Club, taking its name from the address of the place -- 1700 Tyson's Blvd. The sandwich itself was pretty good, riffing on the traditional club sandwich with the addition of a perfectly fried egg on top. Companion started with the crab and corn soup, to which he had to add about a teaspoon of pepper -- from a shaker. He continued on with the chopped salad topped with steak, which looked pretty good. The biggest disappointment to me were the accompanying fries, some of which were crispy and some of which were mushy. I'm not sure how the combination of textures could come out in the same order. The restaurant only had 3-4 tables with guests as of high noon. I'll probably give it another try or two before giving up on the place. I wonder why this location is having trouble finding a long-term tenant.
  15. Neapolitan Pizza in Tysons: Crust Pizza. If I missed this place already covered, my apologies. Recently opened in the Tysons area 1/2 block off Route 123 and Old Courthouse. It is next door to the ABC store. If you want a great pizza and do not want to drive to Falls Church (Orso), or DC (2 Amys) or (Paradiso), give this place a shot. Decent seating and all new space. TVs usually have a soccer match on or NFL on Sunday. You order at the counter and they bring out your food. This is very casual, but also very good. Beer available. If you want a true wood-fired experience it is worth a shot. Reasonable $$ and salads are decent as well. Parking lot is in back of the restaurant.
  16. In one of my OCD, "nobody-cares-but-me" moments of fret, I've been stewing about whether to continue calling this area "Tysons Corner," which it will always be for me, or the newly coined "Tysons," which seems to be what it's turning into. Although I don't remember what things were like before 1968, when Lerner Enterprises (the family which owns the Washington Nationals, and the largest private landowner in the Washington, DC area) built Tysons Corner Center, I do remember comfortably driving there from Silver Spring in about twenty minutes (really - even during rush hour, when cars would go at 45 mph instead of 55 mph). What I didn't realize this morning is that Tysons Corner Center is larger than Potomac Mills; I had always been under the impression that Potomac Mills is substantially larger; not only is Tysons Corner Center larger, it's fully 50% larger! It's also the largest mall in Virginia, the 9th-largest mall in the USA, and the 51st-largest mall in the world. Does anyone else notice a slow-moving effort to rename "Tysons Corner, VA" as "Tysons, VA?"
  17. Landing at Dulles and have to go to Tyson’s to buy wedding bands (GD you, wedding-industrial complex). Anywhere near Dulles or Tyson’s or between that id typically not get to go to that you’d recommend this afternoon? Asian always preferred --- Dumpling Queen (weezy)
  18. Any suggestions where to watch the CAPS game Tuesday night around Tysons. Went to BJs last week, almost died from a bad burger.
  19. How intimidating can a chicken kebob and rice be? Perhaps it's the name of the restaurant but Shamshiry is the best Persian restaurant in the entire D. C. area. Of course they do have more intimidating things like a salmon kebob....
  20. Kudos to the folks behind harth. Finally someone rethought hotel restaurants and gave tysons/McLean a cool casual place with a well thought out menu for the neighborhood
  21. Hubby and I are looking for a place to head to dinner tonite.. nothing very expensive. Any suggestions?? Little one is off for his first ever sleepover so we are on our own
  22. I did not know there's a sausage party in my backyard, it's called Tysons Biergarten. You have to buy food and drink tokens. Website
  23. I have not been here, nor do I plan to ever go here, but we're trying to create a thread for every restaurant in the DC area, right? I saw a mention on craigslist about this place opening: http://chicsnwings.com/ It's called Chics N Wings and according to the menu, you can expect to pay $1 per wing on average. It's that pricing structure and the fact that ranch is the default dipping sauce that will keep this Buffalo native away. But what's really fascinating to me is their logo. Can anyone explain what that thing is supposed to be??
  24. Indian food is one of my favorites, so when a friend invited me to join her for lunch at Diya I was a little surprised: I'd never even heard of it. But I'm always happy to try something new. The first thing that struck me about Diya was the smell - like a hotel ballroom, except in the bar, which smelled like bleach. The second thing was the size. It's huge. But whatever. It's the food that's important, right? The buffet that day had vegetable fritters, yellow dal, saag paneer, channa, aloo gobhi, salad and a few different chutneys, raita, goat curry, tandoori chicken, butter chicken, one or two other savory things that I didn't try, and kheer and gulab jamun for sweets. "All the safe choices for an American audience," I thought snarkily. "Except for goat curry. That's promising." So how did it taste? Bland. Brown. Boring. Muddy. Mediocre. If I'd closed my eyes only texture would have told me what I was eating. Not one dish had the complexity and vibrancy that makes Indian cuisine so enticing. Later I queried several other friends, friends whose judgement I trust, food-loving friends, friends who post on this board. Everyone said it's a really good restaurant. So I suppose I was just a victim of an office worker style lunch buffet. In Diya's defense, I'll state that I haven't yet eaten anything wortwhile at an Indian buffet (including Masala Art, my current favorite), with the exception of the late, lamented Connaught Place, torn down by the City of Fairfax in order to create a parking lot, may it rest in peace (the restaurant, not the parking lot). Has anyone else been to Diya? Care to defend it? Tell me that it was an off day or that I need to go for dinner instead?
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