Published: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Updated: Saturday, November 2, 2013 19:11
713 H St. NW
One of the newest editions of Matchbox, a venture by Matchbox Food Group, has taken up residence in a recently renovated industrial chic structure on 14th Street. It is clear the group paid close attention to decor, and this careful attention to detail carries through to the restaurant’s food as well. Matchbox boasts a wide variety of options while also classing up traditional crowd favorites. The menu offers everything from crisp thin-crust pizzas made with fresh dough tossed daily to Asian-infused dishes like their Korean short ribs. Some other great menu options include the mini trio, chicken curried salad, which comes with the superb fries — crisp and salty on the outside but containing a true bite of potato on the inside — and flash-fried chicken. Matchbox is sure to be a crowd pleaser and despite the distance, is definitely worth the jaunt on Metro.
2221 Eye St. NW
There’s the original Chipotle, the knock-off Chipotle (Qdoba), the Asian Chipotle (Shophouse) and — if you’re willing to head down to The George Washington University — you can find the Mediterranean Chipotle. Roti Mediterranean Grill offers the same sort of build-your-own menu you see at the other Chipotle-inspired restaurants. Patrons have a choice of starting with a sandwich, rice plate or salad, and then can customize their creation with an array of different protein, sauce and side options. Some of these delicious toppings include falafel, chicken, steak and salmon, which can be topped off with a mild dill, yogurt and cucumber sauce. An unlimited number of sides can be added, including tomato, cucumber, Spanish eggplant, fresh vegetables, onions and feta. A great option for those in the mood for a pita, Roti offers ample indoor and outdoor seating, which makes it a fun place for group outings if you’re looking to change things up.
2009 R St. NW
Despite its name, Teaism offers far more than just tea. The shop, with locations in Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter, Lafayette Park and Old Town Alexandria, includes an extensive selection of Asian-inspired dishes that is perfect for a large group. Both the Korean BBQ beef and the Thai chicken curry are great entree choices. While the beef is delicious and perfectly cooked — falling apart on the fork — the green beans are by far a standout part of a meal at Teaism, as each savory bite is sauteed in a ginger and garlic-infused butter. The curry is served in a round dish with the curried chicken, jicama and carrot slices complemented with a side of naan bread that comes with mango chutney to spread on top. In addition to offering a fantastic selection of Asian food, a trendy atmosphere and an affordable menu, Teaism is a great place to go and hang out with a large group of friends.
2122 P St. NW
A quick jaunt down P Street, Asia 54 appears right before Dupont Circle. The restaurant occupies an entire floor so there is plenty of space to seat large groups. The eatery offers an extensive selection of Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese options, including a sushi bar. The coconut shrimp tempura and the crispy spring rolls make great appetizers. The former tastes exactly like coconut macaroons and comes with a side of sweet, tangy chili sauce for dipping. The spring rolls feature chicken wrapped in crisp rice paper and are served with a light peanut-flavored sauce. While Asia 54 doesn’t look like much on the outside, the food is delicious and the service is welcoming. The next time someone is in the mood for Mai Thai, suggest Asia 54 for more refreshing spins on the standard noodle and sushi dishes.