Washington DC 20036
Surprises are the name of the game at Komi, an upscale, modern Greek restaurant in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle. Chef Johnny Monis offers a tasting menu that changes regularly (currently $135 per person), but gives no clues as to what might be on it until diners arrive. A quick look at their website yields no clues, either, although past dishes have included 100-layer beef tongue gyros, charred octopus with peaches, and goat wrapped in pita that earned rave reviews from Washingtonian Magazine and The Washington Post. If you like the idea of putting complete control of your dining experience in the hands of the chef — think Greek omakase — then you’ll like Komi. -- Will Budiaman
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What links the many courses at this modern Greek restaurant is a reverence for great ingredients and superb taste.
Kingpins of every industry, particularly politics (the President and Michelle have been spotted here on date night), frequent the restaurant, so keep an eye out.
The food was sophisticated and delicious. The services excellent. The wines, however, were not at the same level and generally entry level niche wines.
Amazing and completely 100% worth the money and worth the hype. Come HUNGRY. Like starving. It's an insane amount of food and wine.
Main course was provincial and I've had better meals at this price point....ran up the bill with H20 ($7) without asking if we wanted more. If you go, don't face the kitchen, it ruins the surprise.
Favorite DC indulgence...always a pleasure to visit...food, wine, & hospitality are superb. :)
Sit back, relax, let them take care of you. Worth every penny. Excellent or foodies.
A haute Dupont Circle spot that takes Greece as a starting point (slow-roasted baby goat with pita and tzatziki; foie gras and Wagyu-beef-tongue gyro).
Inside this unassuming rowhouse next to a CVS, Johnny Monis is putting out the top culinary experience in Washington. The wine pairing ($70 per person) is generous and full of offbeat picks.
Make your reservations a month in advance. Johnny Monis' Komi is not only one of the best restaurants in DC, but the entire region, so book now!
Unpretentious, friendly, highly knowledgeable. The food is outta this world. From goat to uni, Creative surprises to counter your expectations. Minimal sauce, honest food. Wine pairing a must!
**** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011. (Tom: "When can I come back?") http://wapo.st/nHBSWb
Order the goat. It's worth the upcharge -- but it's their signature dish that is worth every amazing, wonderful, savory bite.
Chef Jonny is very innovative. Great place for a romantic dinner. Spit roast goat with three sides is delicious. -Tamesha Warren, Top Chef
Must-try pastas: pappardelle with a ragout of rabbit and olives, spaghetti with a creamy sea urchin, and agnolotti with Kabuki squash and served with pork sausage.
Don't take a picture of your food. They don't like that.
The tasting menu at arguably the best restaurant in the District always includes a selection of beautiful pastas. Our top choice? Chef Johnny Monis's spaghetti with crab and sea urchin.
Just a couple months after The President and 1st lady visit, not only did chef/owner Johnny Monis get the Obama "bump" in business, but was also serving an unlikely course: A mini half-smoke.
A romantic candlelit dinner will thrill your date at this Italian-American spot. The roast pigeon, served on a bed of feathery mushrooms, is a mouth-watering masterpiece.
Eat the "degustazione" or chef's sampling option. You mouth may never be happier.