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    LITTLE SEROW

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    Little Serow

    1511 17th St., NW (Dupont Circle)

    Washington, DC

    www.littleserow.com

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    • CUISINE

      Northern Thai
    • HOURS

      Tue.-Thurs.: 5:30pm-10:00pm; Fri.-Sat.: 5:30pm-10:30pm
    • BEST FOR

      Dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Not accepted; arrive before the restaurant opens to join the line for a table.
    • BAR

      No
    • YEAR OPENED

      2011
    • PRICE (FAMILY-STYLE TASTING MENU)

      USD 45 per person
    • NOISE

      Medium
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Menus change weekly; nam prik kapi (crispy pork skins) if available
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Limited beer and wine selection
    • # OF SEATS

      28
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • METRO

      Dupont Circle
    Delicious main dish, with broth and dill at Little Serow in Washington, DC

    VIBE

    Chef Johnny Monis has a reputation for being shy around the press, but we suspect he appreciates the hype that his elusive attitude has earned him. Little Serow (located downstairs from its sister restaurant, Komi) is a dim basement dining room with pale green stucco walls, plain white plates, paper napkins, and a raw scrappiness about it, completed by the bluegrass background music. Outside, there isn’t even a sign on the front door, but every Tuesday through Saturday evening, a line begins to form in front of the restaurant long before it opens with eager devotees of Chef Monis’s highly acclaimed kitchen waiting for their chance to get a table. Once inside, waitresses dressed in hipster vintage dresses provide a friendly yet firm explanation of how the night will work—no substitutions, no special requests. Just sit back and enjoy the ultra-refined seven-course Thai tasting menu. The chef's endurance is noteworthy: he cooks up a new menu each week, and meals can stretch to three hours long.

    CROWD

    Ultimate devotees to Thai cuisine or to Chef Monis; food lovers who are willing to wait for their eats

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    Something understated and elegant—black trousers and a simple silk blouse with a dangling pendant necklace would be perfect.

    GO HERE WITH

    Significant other; a few Thai-food-worshipping friends (tables limited to four people)

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    Since most of the dishes are new to us, we appreciate the helpfulness from wait staff. We also appreciate that the restaurant will shoot us a text when our table opens up, instead of us awkwardly having to mill around with those Hank's Oyster Bar while we wait). Finally, we like the excitement of letting Chef Monis completely steer the meal—otherwise it would be impossible for them to keep the prices so reasonable. Monis’s pair of restaurants (Little Serow and Komi) have definitely brought the whole 17th Street dining scene up a few pegs.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    We’ll admit, the heat in the food can be a bit overwhelming at times (avoid this restaurant if you don’t like spice!). It’s also too bad that there are no exceptions in the menu for people with allergies. And then there’s the wait−we understand that they’re going for an intimate dining room, but when we have to wait two (or more) hours for one of the 28 seats, we’re pretty bummed out.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    Definitely avoid Little Serow if you have nut or shellfish allergies or if you don’t eat meat, especially pork; they have no exceptions on their menu and sometimes these ingredients aren’t listed in the online menu.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Komi (Washington, DC); Sasabune (New York)

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