Dolan Uyghur Restaurant

Rating: ★★★★☆

17273836_10155137563073011_1152508169_o.jpgDolan Uyghur Restaurant in Cleveland Park is the first Uyghur restaurant in DC proper. Uyghur cuisine, the cuisine of the Turkic-speaking Uyghur people of Western China could be described, unsurprisingly, as a cross between Central Asian food and Chinese food. Since being written-up by the Washington Post, this small Cleveland Park spot has gotten very popular very quickly. So if you go on a weekend, prepare to wait for your food. Probably the most iconic Uyghur dish is laghman, hand-pulled noodles with beef and stir-fried veggies. I ordered the Royal Laghman, which was reasonably-priced at $16. The portion wasn’t overwhelming but it was sufficient. I did expect my noodles to arrive a bit more piping hot, but they were delicious and, as laghman tends to be when it is handmade, the noodles were delightfully stretchy. For dessert, my friend and I ordered the candied walnuts, which were tasty but came in too large of a portion, in contrast to the laghman. I would also liked to have seen a more interesting beverage selection. I know that Uyghur society is Muslim, so there likely isn’t much in the way of a culture of alcohol, but the cocktails could be made more interesting through the use of Uyghur-inspired ingredients. The service was friendly and welcoming.

Dolan Uyghur Restaurant is located at 3518 Connecticut Ave NW in Cleveland Park.

Medium Rare

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12874465_10154051339383011_1826431666_oMedium Rare is a steakhouse (this may seem obvious, but my favorite game, “Steak House or Gay Bar?”, dispels that notion) located at 515 8th St SE and 3500 Connecticut Ave NW (the photos in this post are from the 8th St SE location, though I’ve been to both and both are equally good). For dinner, Medium Rare makes life easy by offering one option and one option only: a prix fixe for $20.95 that includes salad, bread and two portions of steak frites. This makes it a great place to bring a date- you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. You don’t get to choose what kind of

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It was St. Patty’s day so we ordered green kamikazes. The nice Canadian family (isn’t nice Canadian a redundant phrase) at the table next to us bought us our drinks.

steak to order (it arrives thinly-sliced with tasty steak sauce) but you don’t have to get it medium rare. The word on the street is that Donald Trump likes his steak well-done, which I think says all we need to know about the dimensions of a certain appendage of his. The steak and fries are very tasty

 

The steak and fries are very tasty, and the fact that they come out in two portions ensures that they stay hot and fresh. Service is quick and efficient. Don’t come here expecting a fancy Peter Luger-style experience. The steak is certainly not as bougie as that, the noise level is fairly loud, and dress is casual. It’s a solid, fun, and relatively affordable spot for dinner, though and attracts diners of all ages.

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Laliguras

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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Nepalese goat curry with rice.

Laliguras is an Indian and Nepalese restaurant located at 4221 Connecticut Ave NW in North Cleveland Park. It is a warm, attractive place with tasty (if not incredibly memorable) food. It is cool, however, that they have some Nepalese options that make the menu a bit more interesting than the menu at the average Indian restaurant. Note that this is a mid-range place, not a budget option.