There are two types of sushi experiences. The first is where you go to get full off of your three, $6 rolls and the second is omakase experience, where you try the chef’s selection of fresh fish and specialty rolls. Well Sushi Hachi is definitely the later and this experience was out of this world. Our omakase tasting included several hand rolls, soup, a few pieces of sashimi, and the best part: wagyu beef you cook yourself on a hot stone at your table. This fine-dining experience is not unreasonably priced for the quality and quantity of food you get. The fish is some of the best we have had in the District and we can't wait to go back!
We’ll start by saying the Mac and Cheese at Barrel is so good that our mouths are watering while writing this; it easily could be one of the best in the District. Barrel is a cozy neighborhood spot in Capitol Hill. For brunch, rather than unlimited mimosas, you can get a bottle of champagne with a few juice choices for the table. The Tagliatelle alla Carbonara is to-die-for as well as the Croque Madame, the Cubano Roast Pork sandwich, and the Fried Chicken. Be sure to check out the speakeasy in the basement for a cocktail. We love the Milk Punch!
What can possibly be better than sampling the best of what a restaurant has to offer? Brought to DC from Florence, Acqua Al 2 is a dining experience that we recommend everyone tries. This is the perfect spot for any special occasion. The menu offers a variety of Assiago, “taste”, chef’s choice samplers. We always go for the Assiago di Primi, a sampler of five different pastas, and the Assaggio di Secondi, a sampler of three different steaks. While the pasta sampler changes every time we go, the steak sampler always comes with the balsamic reduction steak and the blueberry reduction steak. Both samplers are extremely delicious, and makes Acqua a go-to for us.
There are SO many things to say about Ambar, however to sum it up it’s LOVE. We’ve never gone there and been disappointed, and we think their brunch is one of the top in DC. For $39.99, you get unlimited adult beverages AND delicious Balkan food. It is hard to find Balkan cuisine anywhere else in the city. Plus, you really feel like you are in the Balkan region while dining here as most of the staff calls that region home. The décor is earthy and floral which is also a delight. Some of our favorites are the pita sa sirom (cheese pie) and pita sa mesom (meat pie) as well as the palacinka sa sunkom (ham and cheese crepe). Not hungry for brunch? Ambar also has a similar $50.00 unlimited dinner option and $19.99 express lunch option. Ambar is located in Eastern Market in DC and has another Clarendon, VA location next to their sister restaurant, BABA. FYI: Ambar Capitol Hill won The Rammy for Best Casual Brunch 2018