My friend arrived at 1PM from NYC. Despite the crappy day in DC, we walked from Union Station to Chinatown, and then to Lincoln Memorial and Memorial monument until it began to rain again. 😦 So we went back home, checked email and found out that I’m going to a conference in three weeks and I’ll be presenting!!! I’m still in a shocking mode :shock:. My first conference presentation, and in front of the most important people of my field! Excited and scared!
Okay. Back to food. My friend wanted to have japanese food, so I did “homework” and found that Raku has good reviews.
Most of restaurants in Bethesda were almost empty but Raku was crowded (at a Monday night)!
My friend Neil… Star’s best friend in Argentina. 🙂
We ordered two appetizers: Grilled Asian BBQ Rock Octopus Mango Asian pear Concassé
Seaweed Wakame, Mixed Greens with Carrot Dressing
both were delicious!!!! I specially like the seaweed salad… very unique combo of asian and western flavors.
Neil ordered Deluxe Udon noodles with Shrimp Tempura, Chicken, Beef. He loved it! 😀
and I ordered Wok-Charred Chilean Seabass (cooked in tons of butter) Ginger Tomato Sauce, Sautéed Broccolini and Mushroom
It’s not only pretty but amazingly tasty! Seabass is my second favorite fish after Salmon but I’ve never had it cooked with a lot of butter…. incredible!!! How much I’ve missed.
It came with a bowl of rice. Japanese people know how to prepare rice. After I finished my entree I tasted one bite, I was hooked, so I finished the bowl of rice PLAIN! As my mom says, japanese rice is so good that it can be a meal by itself. 🙂 So true! 🙂
We finished EVERYTHING and almost had to roll back to home! 😆 Everything was super tasty, worth every bite! I’m sooo going back to Raku! If I have to rate its food, it would be 10/10. Service: 10/10. Environment: 8/10 because it was too crowded and our table is just one inch from our neighbors’.
Today we’ll going to capital hill, smithonian and georgetown before Neil takes the train back to NYC at 2PM. It’s great to have friend from home visiting and take a break from work. I needed it to feel recharged and ready for the next “battle”. 😉
Q: What’s your favorite japanese dish other than sushi?
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