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Fancy Radish - Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby, of Philadelphia's Vegan "Vedge," at 6th and H NE

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Straightforward and confident in concept, thoughtful, well-balanced compositions and superb execution! Delicious flavors and textures on the palate make for longing with each bite! Super delicious! I could eat here every day!  

From my first visit to Fancy Radish on March 27, 2018:

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RUTABAGA FONDUE
today's bread, yesterday's pickle
 

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From Sebastian Zutant's winery, "LIGHTWELL SURVEY'S The Weird Ones are Wolves! The 97% Cab Franc 3% Petit Manseng is a subtle nod to Cote-Rotie. The Cabernet Franc leaps out of the glass with its dry cranberry fruit while the honey of the Manseng rounds out the edges. The blend brings an elegant and lush palate that drinks more like a traditional red, while soft tannins and bright acid keep things lively. It’s ready a long life in the cellar but perfect for dinner tonight."  

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SMOKED CHIOGGIA BEETS
crushed cucumber, capers, cured tofu, pumpernickel
 

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STUFFED AVOCADO
romesco, pickled cauliflower, "fried rice", black salt

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RED LENTIL FUL
charred brassicas, zhoug, whipped tahini, barbari bread

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SPICY DAN DAN NOODLES
sichuan pepper, five spice mushrooms, zucchini

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MISO BUTTER NOODLES
nori, black pepper, pickled ginger

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TRUMPET MUSHROOMS
as "fazzoletti", grape tomato, basil

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SEARED MAITAKE
smoked remoulade, grilled celery, celery root fritter

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STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING
smoked cedar ice cream, hazelnut tuile

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SOUR CHERRY JELLIES
sumac jelly doughnuts, halva ice cream, pistachio egg cream

 

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I really enjoyed my dinner here.  "Entrees" are $13-18 each, but the suggestion is three entrees.  I probably should have ordered a noodle dish, because I've had sweetgreen bowls that left me fuller than the three plates I ate:  the seared maitake (the celery root fritter almost stole the show), the wood roasted carrot, and the smoked chioggia beets.  Veggies just don't fill ma belly! That said, every dish was terrific.  Not sure if the beets or the maitake won the night for me, a toss-up.  Cocktails were very, very good.  People-watching there was interesting to me:  a really cool crowd, diverse as to race and age, no obnoxious tables, mostly it looked like friends at the bar.  Service at the bar was gracious, informed, and friendly. 

[Even though the address is 600 H Street NE, there are about 8 businesses with that same address, including Whole Foods.  I think FR is Suite 7 or something . . . main point, it is located much closer to 7th and H than it is 6th and H.]

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14 hours ago, DaRiv18 said:

I really enjoyed my dinner here.  "Entrees" are $13-18 each, but the suggestion is three entrees.  I probably should have ordered a noodle dish, because I've had sweetgreen bowls that left me fuller than the three plates I ate:  the seared maitake (the celery root fritter almost stole the show), the wood roasted carrot, and the smoked chioggia beets.  Veggies just don't fill ma belly! That said, every dish was terrific.  Not sure if the beets or the maitake won the night for me, a toss-up.  Cocktails were very, very good.  People-watching there was interesting to me:  a really cool crowd, diverse as to race and age, no obnoxious tables, mostly it looked like friends at the bar.  Service at the bar was gracious, informed, and friendly. 

[Even though the address is 600 H Street NE, there are about 8 businesses with that same address, including Whole Foods.  I think FR is Suite 7 or something . . . main point, it is located much closer to 7th and H than it is 6th and H.]

Were you able to just walk in to the bar and sit down? I'm curious how easy it will be to get into this place on short notice. 

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I went this past Saturday like at 6:30ish by myself, it wasn't empty, but I did not see people really waiting for tables, either.  The dining area is hard to evaluate from the bar area . . . there are chest-high walls that separate the two spaces.  Not sure if it was busy or not.  It had a very relaxed vibe there. 

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It's fine. Nothing special. (The service was very good--informative and enthusiastic.)  And -- deliberately -- *very* loud, which is a bit odd in light of the (not uniformly young/hip) crowd and the fact that Vedge is (if memory serves) much more sedate and conducive to conversation.

Two or two-and-a-half plates per person is about right, so expect to spend $50 or so plus alcohol.  Not where I'd choose to spend my $$ often--but then again, I think that of the vast majority of D.C. places at that price point and beyond.

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My wife was there recently with a friend and had nothing but good things to say about the meal.

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On 5/5/2018 at 7:06 AM, Marty L. said:

And -- deliberately -- *very* loud

This wasn't my experience at all, it was very relaxed.  Are you talking about the music or the clientele?

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The combination of the music and the hard edges everywhere.  I'm not complaining, merely surprised that they're going in that direction.

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We walked in at 630 yesterday and were told (politely) that we could eat at the bar now or at a table at 10 pm.  We chose the bar and we waited attentively on by the knowledgeable bartender, who said he moved from Philly where he had worked at Vedge.

First, I personally was impressed by the cocktails, which were well contemplated and balanced, with a lean toward the bitter side.

As for the food, I was really not blown away.  Nothing really even impressed me, though none of it was bad. With the exception of the dandan noodles and maybe the stuffed avocado, everything seemed to lack an extra punch of flavor, especially the mushrooms.  

I note the dessert pudding we had was tasty and the coffee was some of the best restaurant coffee I've had in a while.  Still not likely to head back soon..

And btw, I'm hardly someone who poopoos plant based food.  I'm a massive Shouk fan, for instance.

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We had a lovely dinner here this weekend. one thing that i particularly appreciated is that though it's a hard res to get you'd never know that from being there--the tables aren't too close together, there's not a line of people waiting to get in, and service is not rushed. i think they do a good job of spacing out the reservations (or the food just comes fast meaning you finish dinner more quickly than usual).  

i would agree with the 2.5 dishes per person reccomendation. The plates are fairly small.  I'm not sure how people managed a full dinner with less than 2 items a person, unless maybe the noodle dishes, which we didn't have, are significantly larger than the other plates.  My favorites were the avocado--the contrast of the dense rich avocado with the fluffy cauliflower, pickled element, and crunchy papad-wafer was fun, and it all went well with the romesco, and the tofu, which had an extremely flavorful chermoula. that sauce was really delicious and i'd eat it on anything. The fondue was really interesting-the flavor reminded me of fermented tofu, and i really liked the pretzel bread and pickles. overall they use pickled elements really well. i don't like beets that much, and dislike smoke, but i could appreciate how beautifully cooked the beets were and how nicely the crumbs added texture. i'd say the one miss of the night was the langos, which was a small fried disk of bread (like a small bhatura) with too much remoulade on it, so much so that it muted the taste of the tomato and corn on top. this dish needed less mayo and more salt or seasoning or something. 

I'm normally not a fruit dessert person but the blueberry tart with lemon curd and poppyseed icecream was delicious. i don't normally like lemon curd because it tastes too eggy, but this version was really good, perhaps because it lacked egg. 

my mocktail with fruit and black tea was nice. my husband's with coconut, pineapple and pandan was not. 

service was sweet and friendly, we look forward to going again. 

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A mostly successful dinner at Fancy Radish.  Several dishes were knock out excellent and several others didn't really do too much for me.

Both the Trumpet Mushrooms as "fazzoletti", grape tomato, basil ($14) and the Seared Maitake, smoked remoulade, celery root fritter ($18) were exceptional dishes, deep flavors, good saucing.  The kind of dishes where afterwards you want to keep the bread coming in order to mop up the sauces. 

Chioggia Beet Toast, crushed cucumber, smoked tofu, caper oil, dill ($13) was also excellent.  The chioggia beets took on an almost smoked salmon flavor and texture.  Not sure the smoked tofu added much to the dish.  But overall it was definitely a winner. 

The Stuffed Avocado, romesco, pickled cauliflower, "fried rice", black salt ($12) was "ok."  The avocado itself was nice and plump, the pickled cauliflower didn't add much of anything with not much "pickled" flavor, the romesco sauce was wimpy and bland, it needed more punch.  Plus the dish was under seasoned and in need of a pinch of salt.

Peas & Carrots "Ramen" miso carbonara, black pepper, almond ($16) seemed ill conceived.  Not "ramen" nor "carbonara"...kinda just a plate of noodles with a beige sauce.  It seemed to me like this one could be re-worked.

Smoked Carrots, pastrami spice, sauerkraut puree, pumpernickel ($13) was the least successful dish of the night.  The carrots were borderline flavorless, not smokey, not very carrot-y.  Just boring and bland.  The sauerkraut puree was also lackluster.  The pumpernickel toast points on the other hand were good.  But this dish totally fell flat.

For dessert, the S'mores ($12) was quite excellent while the Carrot Cake Cup ($10) was fine but nothing we will remember a week or two from now.

The restaurant has a hip cool vibe, and the servers were friendly and knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the food.  However, it is a hip modern restaurant with lots of hard surfaces and therefore loud.

I feel like if Fancy Radish was closer it would be on our rotation and I'm sure we will be taking my vegan sister-in-law there next time she is in town (she is a big fan of Vedge).         

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