Sooner or later, your girlfriend is going to figure out that all those fancy restaurants are just your bedroom redecorated with a new elaborate disguise each week. Today's Groupon will help you postpone the inevitable by throwing a real fancy restaurant into the mix. For $20, you get $40 worth of casual Italian cuisine and drinks at Kora Restaurant, Bar, and Lounge in Arlington.
Head chef, owner, and fearsome Iron Chef opponent Morou Ouattara serves up a sumptuous lunch and dinner menu of trattoria-style tasties. Discriminating dinner diners will have their choice of primo pastas, such as spaghetti con polpette ($14) and anise gnudi with caramelized onion and autumn-squash cream ($15). Adventurous seafarers, on the other hand, will want to explore the homemade squid-ink pasta, a tagliatelle dish with shrimp, calamari, clams, and mussels ($22). Depending on their appetite, veggies can get a filling carciofini calzone (tomato, mozzarella, artichokes, basil, $13) or a light insalata caprese ($9). Just save room for tiramisu, gelato, or Bongo Bongo (cream puffs, chocolate semi-freddo, and dark chocolate sauce).
Kora's can complement anything you order with a vast selection of Italian reds, whites, and sparkling wines. For something more only-here, though, try one of Kora's specialty cocktails such as the ChamPino (Campari, Dubonnet Red, and Prosecco, $9) and the Bossanova (Bacardi rum, Galliano, apricot brandy, apple juice, lime, and sugar, $9). Your Groupon is good for one per table, so treat your favorite table to a romantic night at Kora's.
Not valid for tasting menu, prix fixe menu, or specials during Restaurant Week.
Kora's celebrated chef, Morou Ouattara, won an Iron Chef America competition in DC. The Washington City Paper, the Washington Post, Washingtonian, DC Socialite, and Capital Spice have all featured Kora, praising not only the food, but the chic atmosphere:
- Named for Ouattara's youngest daughter and designed in part by his wife and co-owner, Heather, Kora is a sleek dining room bathed in purples and grays and set off with white dividers that reveal bubble lights behind mesh screens. A Warholesque touch comes by way of a blown-up photograph on the wall depicting the girl four times in four colors. – Tom Sietsema, Washington Post
- But the dish that really blew me away was something even further removed from Italian cooking. It was the eggplant gazpacho with “tomato pearls,” a holdover from Morou Ouattara’s previous restaurant, Farrah Olivia. This Spanish import is, in a word, spectacular. I could taste fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, and even eggplant, if I thought about it really hard. But I could taste about a 1,000 other ingredients, too, which made me wish we could hang onto summer just a few weeks more to enjoy this mini-masterpiece. – Tim Carman, Washington City Paper
- Amazing food, knowledgeable and friendly staff. The insalta [sic] de funghi was wonderful and the butternut squash tortelloni was to die for. Can't wait to come back! – OpenTable.com user who dined on 12/24/09
- Love the pizza - thin crust, chewy, delicious toppings (we had the spinach and Italian sausage). Also tried the trio of pasta which was very good…The pork ossobuco [sic] was delicious and huge (took home most of it). – Belladoux, TripAdvisor