My Jordanian brother and his beautiful Indonesian fiancé were in town for the day which meant I had two people with food central to their cultures. So ofcourse I needed to impress them with the food that DC has to offer. I wanted a place that had a fresh and classy but not uptight vibe, a strong flavored menu and some form of view of DC. 5 minutes of thinking led me to Doi Moi, and it was the perfect choice.
We walked into Doi Moi, a Southeast Asian cuisine located in Logan Circle neighborhood and felt uplifted straight away, from the super hospitable staff, open kitchen, large glass windows to the bright art pieces hung up contrasting the white brick walls. We chose the table right by the window which overlooks the busy 14th street (quite entertaining to people watch on a Saturday night). But before we got into the entertainment, food selection happened.
Everything on the menu seemed delicious but after negotiations to please the three cultures we decided with a mix of seafood, meat and vegetables:
1– Puna Garden Heart of Palm Curry: Roasted Sunchoke | Baby Squash | Snap Pea | Pineapple | Tomatoe
2- Verlasson Salmon: Yellow Miso Curry | Roasted Cauliflower | Thai Herb Oil
3- Coconut Braised Lamb Shank: Thai Kimchi I Palm Sugar I Herbs
4- Brussel Sprouts: By far the best brussel sprouts I’ve ever tried. You need to try this.
Overall the food was incredible just as I had hoped for – strong flavored, healthy, filling and all gluten-free! I only wished the curry dishes had more sauce for us to enjoy (a recommendation I hope the kitchen will implement – we couldn’t get enough of the sauce!). I also did comment on their need to improve their bathroom which was out of sync with the beauty and cleanliness of the rest of the place.
So for you next visit to Doi Moi i’d recommend you do the following:
- Book a table by the window or outside (if the weather is nice).
- Take someone who enjoys sharing food. The dishes are all so good that you would want to order a bunch for the middle to share. This place is great for groups and cute dates.
- Definitely order the brussel sprouts, best green thing I’ve ever eaten.
- Try the soft serve flavor of the month. They change about once a month. They also recently introduced the Molten Chocolate in January so try that and let us know what you think!
Happy Doi Moing!