Details

Komi

1509 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

202-332-9200

Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown

Cuisines: Modern, Greek/Mediterranean, American

Opening Hours:
Opens Tuesday through Saturday at 5:30 PM, no closing time.

Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle

Price Range: Very expensive

Noise Level: Intimate

Reservations: Required

Website: http://komirestaurant.com/

Best Dishes:
Mascarpone-stuffed dates; scallop with truffle emulsion and black truffles; spaghetti with sea urchin; roast suckling pig; baby goat.

Price Details:
Dinner menu, $135 per person.

Komi

A place that feels like a neighborhood restaurant but has the soul and ambition of something greater.

January 2006 100 VERY BEST RETAURANTS

THE SCENE. This straw-color sliver of a dining room, presided over by a team of smart, shaggy-haired twentysomethings, has the feel of a neighborhood restaurant and the soul and ambition of something much greater. Each night--later rather than earlier--foodies settle in for some of the city's most exciting cooking.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. Komi doesn't offer the latest cut of Wagyu beef, and it hasn't hired a publicist. Chef/owner Johnny Monis wins fans by finding beautiful ingredients and using them in simple--but not simple-minded--ways. Each dish on the Greek-inflected menu turns up a carefully orchestrated surprise. Mascarpone-stuffed dates hide a precise few grains of sea salt; tzatziki is lifted above the ordinary by the addition of white-truffle paste and beets.

WHAT YOU WON'T. The dining room can get noisy. Prices are creeping up.