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Bambu
Easy-on-the-wallet Chinese, Thai, and sushi under one roof.
Reviewed By Thomas Head
Comments () | Published October 9, 2006
Bambu
Address: 5101 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-364-3088
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades
Cuisines: Thai, Vegetarian/Vegan, Sushi, Pan-Asian, Japanese, Chinese
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Wednesday 11 to 10, Thursday to Saturday 11 to 10:30.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Peking duck rolls; Thai beef with fresh basil; Thai chicken with curry and coconut milk; Pad Thai.
Price Details: Appetizers, $2.50 to $7. Entrees, $7 to $24. Lunch special, $8.

November 2004

On almost any evening, the crowd in this MacArthur Boulevard restaurant reflects the neighborhood--families with young children, older couples, and a sprinkling of singles attracted by the casual atmosphere and low prices. Housed in a converted gas station, Bambu is almost unique among the restaurants in this neighborhood in having some parking in front.

The menu is pan-Asian, primarily Chinese and Thai, with a sushi bar for good measure. The Thai dishes are generally more successful than the Chinese. The duck roll was very good, but Chinese fried-meat dumplings suffered from a thick, doughy crust. Ma po tofu, though indicated as spicy, was rather bland. Shrimp in the shell with spicy salt were fresh and good, but their seasoning seemed blander than in most Chinese restaurants. The Thai beef with fresh basil and the Thai curried chicken with coconut milk were both very good.
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