Food Adventure Team

Exploring San Francisco, one restaurant at a time.

Honorary Food Adventure: Simply Home, Washington, DC

Simply Home

1412 U Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

In attendance:

Team members Ed, Laurie and I found ourselves in DC for Obama’s inauguration. Ed and I had just arrived from the airport and sought sustenance. Simply Home, an upscale Thai restaurant on U St., provided a welcome respite from the freezing cold and crowds from outside. Startlingly uncrowded, the restaurant was, oddly, connected to a home decor store. Its interior was trendy, yet welcoming and unpretentious. Everything was beautiful. Their light fixtures were formed from hundreds of (empty) silkworm cocoons! And the best part was that the food was GOOD. We get good Thai food in San Francisco, so this is saying something.

We started off with a few simple yet exquisite cocktails — a mango martini for myself, and a lychee martini for Lori. Delicious. We got two appetizers as well: wontons stuffed with feta and sundried tomatoes (ehh… fusion can be hit or miss and this one was a miss), and something else that I can’t remember except that I know it was quite tasty.

Entrees were delightful. I got the chicken stir fried with asian pumpkin (asian pumpkin is my new food crush). Beautifully presented, the stir fry was served with the perfect amount of rice. Its flavors were well balanced between sweet, spicy, and savory. The pumpkin was perfectly cooked (slightly to the teeth) and so was the chicken. I was very pleased. Ed, Laurie, and Lori all got the same thing, some sort of coconut-fried chicken. I had a bite and it too was quite tasty; I wish I could remember more about it. Kim (our lovely DC hostess) gave me a bite of her pad thai and it was the best I’ve ever had.

In all, I was very impressed with Simply Home. What a great introduction to a great city! I hope to go back soon and sample more of its cuisine.

(Written February 11, 2009.)

Kim, Lori, Heather and Ed
Photo by Laurie

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