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An Early Look at Asia Nine
“That’s a lot of trouble for a garnish,” Tantivejakul jokes. But she knows she can trust the people who are feeding her guests—not only her husband but her brother-in-law, who used to work at Matuba and now runs Asia Nine’s sushi bar.
Asia Nine plans to compete with its counterparts by offering takeout, delivery (a rarity among fancier Asian restaurants), valet parking, 40 sakes (including two sparkling brews), and a weekday happy hour featuring half-price beer and wine from 4:30 to 7 PM. Tantivejakul says bento boxes, a raw bar, and brunch are also in the works.
Still, Tantivejakul isn’t one to leave things to chance. The restaurant was blessed by a Buddhist monk, and the symbol for the restaurant is the number nine in Thai, which she says signifies prosperity and forward movement for the Thai people.
Now, like any business owner, she’s just hoping the people will descend like, well, cicadas.
Asia Nine, 915 E St., NW; 202-629-4355; asianine.com. Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11 to 3, Saturday and Sunday 11:30 to 3; dinner Sunday through Wednesday 3 to midnight, Thursday through Saturday 3 PM to 1 AM.
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