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Kaliwa — Lunch on 16 January 2020

Kaliwa

Kaliwa

Lunch du jour is at Kaliwa, another DC restaurant on the Michelin Bib Gourmand list.

As the Michelin Guide puts it,

“If you cannot make a trip to Thailand, or the Philippines just isn’t in this year’s budget, you’re in for a treat. A dinner at Kaliwa, tucked inside the District Wharf, is not just a consolation prize. It’s a true feast, about as delicious as can be imagined outside of a journey across the world. Chef Cathal Armstrong’s authentic and delicious Korean, Filipino or Thai cooking is blessed with serious flavor. ”

Kaliwa is one of a whole flock of first-rate restaurants on The Wharf, a sparkling mixed-use development that revitalized yet another formerly run-down area in DC.

Before my lunch at Supra a few days ago, I knew nothing of Georgian food. My ignorance was like a vast field covered with untrammeled snow. My familiarity with Filipino cuisine isn’t much greater, but it’s enough to have a general idea of what to expect, as if someone had plowed a path through that snowfield. (I will now abandon that silly and laboured metaphor, and try to forget I wrote it. I don’t know what I was thinking.)

Lumpiang Shanghai

Lumpiang Shanghai

This Lumpiang Shanghai was my starter. It was three crisp shrimp and pork fried rolls, each about the size of a cigar. Think Chinese spring rolls, but much tastier and more memorable.

Kai Yaang

Kai Yaang

Chicken for lunch again, but this time it was a wood-grilled half chicken, with a dipping sauce and pickled julienned vegetables. It was excellent, but it filled me up so much that I asked for my dessert to go.

Service was fine, and friendly. People seemed to enjoy working at Kaliwa. I certainly enjoyed dining there.

The Wharf — Lunch on 23 August 2016

Noe that we’re into the homestretch of 2016 Summer Restaurant Week(s), the action shifts to Alexandria, Virginia.  Today’s lunch was at The Wharf, a seafood restaurant a couple of blocks from the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria.

It was a warm day, but not so warm as to prevent outdoor dining.  After July’s triple digit temperature, late August is feeling quite pleasant.

Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder

I’d ordered the She Crab Soup, but when the server brought me this creamy New England Clam Chowder, I decided to keep it instead of sending it back.  No regrets.  It was good, and I’ll try the She Crab next time.

Salmon

Salmon

A few years ago, it seemed as if one of the appetizer options at every Restaurant Week participant was kale salad.  This summer, I had to work hard to avoid gazpacho.

But year in and year out, a salmon main course is ubiquitous.  Fortunately for me, I really like salmon.   The Wharf’s version was Grilled Atlantic Salmon with sautéed Texas Treasure shrimp, spring onions, and a white wine and sherry sauce.

Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding

The White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding, with Chantilly cream, tasted as great as it looks.