Ris, web site, 2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-730-2500 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Zagat | WaPo | Washingtonian | City Paper | Ylp | Don Rockwell | Gayot]

I went here one evening after a disappointing meal at Le Diplomate the night before. So I was willing to work hard to get something really good. I tried to get a reservation in a half dozen other places I preferred over this one, but all of them were full up for Friday night at 6:30. Finally, I settled for this place, in spite of its OK but uninspiring reviews. And when I showed up, the interior – yikes – it reminded me of a Holiday Inn dining room in Akron, Ohio. The clientele – don’t ask. And yet . . . the food here was quite good.

I had the best scallops I’d eaten in years. The Amish chicken was quality as well, and I enjoyed the meat plate. The cheese plate was boring but it had . . . my favorite goat cheese (chevrot). This place has about zero originality, and yet . . . a lot of the food tastes good. I don’t know if I can quite recommend it, and I don’t know if I’ll end up going back, but I give it a thumbs up, sort of, kind of, but I can’t deny it was much more enjoyable than the now-spoiled, overly salted Le Diplomate.

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One Response to Ris

  1. Yiwen says:

    New Hunan restaurant in Fairfax in same mini-strip mall as Smashburger.
    Supposedly authentic with many proteins Americans don’t typically go for.
    It’s called Hunan Taste and the original is in the Baltimore area.
    Tried it yet?
    Would like to know what you think of the place.

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