The Zen-inspired décor of Bambu creates the perfect atmosphere for an Asian food tasting frenzy. Diners at Bambu can sample sushi at one of two bars in front of an exposed kitchen, or can opt to sit in the bamboo-colored dining area and choose from a range of Chinese, Thai, Japanese or fusions dishes. There is a full range of entrées, plus plenty of noodle, rice and soup dishes. All dumplings, sauces and spring rolls are homemade, and beef, fish and veggies are fresh as can be. Open for dinner and lunch, the daytime crowd can enjoy Bento boxes for around $10, filled with a featured entrée, soup, salad, a California roll and rice.
At the age of 12, Thasana Midee would sit alongside her mother in the kitchen of their Bangkok home, roasting and grinding spices together. Thasana now roasts her own colorful spices in the kitchen at Heritage Asia and then sprinkles them over thai curry, noodle, and stir-fried dishes. House specialties include korean sesame beef as well as grilled lemongrass saigon pork over vermicelli, introduced by starters of spring rolls and chicken wings stuffed with crab meat, shitake mushrooms, and spring onions.
Vibrant touches also punctuate the dining room's decor, with golden walls hosting kaleidoscopic paintings and colorful throw pillows supporting patrons at booth seating.
Filling a need in the District for appealing pan-Asian eats, the Satay Club has obviously struck a pleasing note with a broad spectrum of locals. Slipping in at lunchtime, patrons will find tables filled with students from nearby American University, business folks out for an inexpensive bite and neighborhood pals chatting over a plate of sushi or pad Thai. For the serious eater, the menu offers such offbeat dishes as Malaysian rendang, a spicy beef stew, and gado gado, a fan-favorite Indonesian salad with lots of steamed vegetables. More familiar dishes include bowls of ramen, Chinese lo mein noodles, and roasted Peking duck. For anyone who doesn’t have time to relax inside the long red-walled and wood-heavy eatery, online ordering and quick pick-up options are available.
Spring Garden's unassuming exterior and no-frills decor don't hinder it from being a neighborhood staple. That's because the restaurant prefers to let its food do all the wowing. In the kitchen, chefs whip up more than 100 different dishes that are sure to satisfy almost any craving—whether it's for something spicy, something sweet, or something vegetarian. They simmer tender scallops in garlic sauce, and they tuck slices of beef into bowls of red curry. Sweet-and-sour sauce slathers pork, and noodle get pan-fried, stir-fried, or sautéed with hot chili peppers for an extra kick.
Those with a hankering for Thai food will find their appetites satisfied at Cleveland Park’s Siam House, one of this Washington DC neighborhood’s favorite spots for cheap eats. Though small in stature, with relatively sparse walls and a sometimes bustling interior, this tiny hole-in-the-wall is as popular as ever, serving up Thai-flavored meals with lots of flavor. Among the favorites are the Tom Yum soup, the drunken noodles and the mango curry, but the menu abounds with all manner of entrées suitable for carnivores and vegetarians alike. Inside seating is tight, but during warm weather, a small outdoor area makes for a delightful place to dine and people-watch.
Spices has clean, modern lines and an open sushi bar where diners can enjoy a visual feast while feasting. Chef Jessie Yan's menu features contemporary and home-style Asian recipes. Start with Sichuan Dragon Dumplings (chicken, watercress, and shiitake mushrooms, $6) before launching an all-out consumption attack on an unsuspecting specialty maki Dancing Eel roll (barbecue eel, crabstick, masago, avocado, and cucumber, $11) or the green curry (chicken, beef, or pork swimming in rich, creamy coconut curry with eggplant and basil, served in a brass wok; lunch $11, dinner $13). For large appetites, the big duck roasted and served with pancakes, cucumbers, scallions, and plum sauce (half duck $15, whole $30) is capable of occupying most unused stomach storage, while a zesty grilled dish such as the Vietnamese grilled shrimp, served with a Vietnamese spring roll, lettuce, cucumber, mint, and roasted peanuts over vermicelli (lunch $12, dinner $14) gently tucks hunger under a culinary blanket.