Comments () | Published October 17, 2006
First Look
Address: 1401 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-789-2800
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: South American, Nuevo Latino, Cuban
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11.
Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square, Farragut North
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended

First Look: South Beach Comes to K Street

The velvet ropes are up at Lima, the latest in a trail of dying-to-be-trendiest restaurant/lounge "concepts" to hit DC. Its look belies its K Street address--two skinny, sexy lounges and a dining room appointed with chocolate leather, tatami screens, and hostesses that look imported from South Beach. It's got cool credibility, too--nightclub promoter Masoud A. is an owner. Lima bills itself as more than a table-dancing destination, but too often the food comes across as an afterthought.

Chef Raynold Mendizabal, late of Pesce, lays out an ambitious, Cuban-accented menu. Though his ceviches--the tuna and blue-crab varieties especially--are nicely balanced, an appetizer of cumin-dusted sea scallops is upstaged by its side of serrano-ham-and-fig salad. What might be the Mid-Atlantic's only $14 empanada, filled with a sweet bind of porcini and beef, is no better than you'd find for a few bucks at a carryout. And a $32 rack of Berkshire pork was so overbrined one night it was inedibly salty. Our favorite parts of the meal? The lime-scented butter and baguette and tart caipirhinas at the start. Those we'd wait in line for.
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