Kaliwa, web site, 751 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC, 202-516-4739 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [WaPo | Washingtonian | TripAdvisor | City Paper | Ylp]
One of the best ethnic restaurants in DC right now, and the best not-super-expensive place on the Wharf. Kaliwa offers Filipino, Thai, and Korean dishes, and the Filipino entries are the ones to get. They are designed and cooked by the same people who used to do the Filipino menu for Restaurant Eve, and the results are excellent across the board. The rest of the menu seems “good enough,” but not a reason to go there. I expect to return here regularly, and there are not many first-rate Filipino options around, given the long lines at Bad Saint. Definitely recommended.