Cheap Eats 2011: DaMoim
Comments () | Published August 18, 2011
Cheap Eats 2011

Address: 7106 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: 703-354-3211
Neighborhood: Annandale
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Korean
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 to 11, Friday and Saturday 11 to 2, and Sunday 11 to 11.
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Veggie mandu; kimchee quesadillas; kimchee chili; braised short rib; fried chicken; Korean tacos.
Price Details: Small plates $5 to $12, entrées $12 to $24.

"East meets West" is typically shorthand for a restaurant that blends Asian flavors and ingredients with American-style presentation, often to stylish effect. At this Koreatown anomaly--a slick-looking sports bar filled with Beatles memorabilia--the East/West mash-up turns up such curiosities as kimchee quesadillas and tacos stuffed with galbi (marinated short ribs).

Panchan is nowhere in evidence--the traditional Korean menu has given way to a small-plates format. The dabblings in Tex-Mex might raise eyebrows among traditionalists, but they're the least interesting aspect of the menu.

There are dishes that wouldn't be out of place in a bistro, including a Frenchified rendition of galbi, in which a sweetly marinated short rib is accented with glazed carrots and pearl onions; Korean classics such as mandu, made-from-scratch dumplings built on gossamer-light wrappers that crunch when they're deep-fried; and bar snacks including free-range chicken wings cooked to order and glazed with red-pepper sauce. All surpass expectations.

Also good: Buckwheat noodles with pickled cucumbers, radishes, and hard-boiled egg; spicy chicken stew; short-rib bibim bap, a hot stone bowl full of rice, veggies, grilled meat, and a fried egg.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.

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