Doi Moi: Southeast Asia Flavors Via DC

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Doi Moi

1800 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
www.doimoidc.com

I’ve been dying to try Doi Moi since I moved to the DC area last year. It’s one of those restaurants you hear spoken about through the office, or during happy hour when your friends discuss their top 10 best meals (or do those types of conversations only happen when I’m at happy hour?). Finally, last week I was able to try out this DC gem and it was well worth the wait!

Doi Moi is a Southeast Asian restaurant located in the Logan Circle area of DC, specializing in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Their name, which translates to “new changes” is meant to be symbolic of Logan Circle’s renewed neighborhood and the renovation of the historic building they are housed in.

Photo via eater.com

The space is beautiful! The restaurant decor is clean and open, with a large bar in the middle perfect for grabbing a glass of wine from their extensive drink menu.

Doi Moi’s dinner menu consists of small plates and shareable plates, including a fried whole branzino! Bonus: They offer a rotating selection of soft serve ice cream! Yes Lawd!


Food Rundown

Pork Steamed Buns

Kee Mao Stir-Fried Rice Noodles

Amish Rabbit Khao Soi

This was a perfect blend of sweet and spicy. The coconut curry was the star in this dish! It also makes for a great Instagram-worthy noodle lift!

Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Ribs

If you are in the mood for fall-off-the-bone ribs, then these are exactly what you need.

Stir Fried Chinese Broccoli with Chilies and Garlic

No, I unfortunately did not get the branzino. Maybe on my next visit! However, you should definitely stop by Doi Moi next time you are in DC. Come for a drink and stay for dinner. You will not be disappointed.

Jiselle

Growing up, food was the staple for every major event, and my family made it a point to introduce me to many different cuisines. They might also be to blame for my slight obsession with cocktails and small plates. I mean, I was the 5-year-old at dinner ordering a virgin Pina colada and shrimp cocktail! Nevertheless, they ingrained in me my love for food and the amazing abilities it has to bring people together. “Don’t tell me what you ate, tell me who you ate with.” (Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain) I recently relocated to Washington D.C., from New York City and am obsessed with the D.C. brunch scene! Something about the casualness of drinking bubbly in the middle of the day really speaks to my soul. I also have a weird obsession with cupcakes and cheese, not together, but if someone could make that work, I’d be down. I’m excited to share pieces about my brunching adventures, happy hours, and classy things in between that are best spent with friends and/or loved ones, as well as sharing experiences from D.C. foodie events. Check out more of my champagne-ing, cupcake eating, D.C. life at my blog Cupcakescaviar.com.

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