Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: Batik

A recent arrival to Kentlands, this likable restaurant embodies the culinary Zeitgeist: stylish but not trendy, exotic but accessible.

Chef Yan Yu has fashioned an appealing menu of street foods from Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia, and the owners have concocted a pretty, bamboo-bedecked setting. The hawker-style dishes, including juicy steamed dumplings and glazed satays, are the most fun. Nothing tops $14.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.