Restaurant Critic Roundup: Dishes Are 'Jokes Without Punch Lines' at Washington, DC Restaurant Suna

Every week, The Daily Meal rounds up restaurant reviews across America

As always, the ratings range from stars to bells to beans, but every review offers specialized insight into the food, atmosphere, and service of eateries in each city’s dining scene and the critics eating at them.

This week near San Francisco, critic Michael Bauer takes a trip to Duende in Oakland, Calif., where "it's so dark at night you practically need a flashlight to read the cocktail menu." The paella, however, was "excellent." 

In Washington, D.C., critic Tom Sietsema rates restaurant Suna with half a star. "On the surface," he says, Suna "pushes all the right food nerd buttons." But in reality, the "dishes, it turns out, are jokes without punch lines."

In New York, restaurant Chez Sardine gets scrutinized by critic Pete Wells, and with metaphors to "Asian stoner food" and "fat-on-fat" cuisine, we know this restaurant is in for a bumpy ride. 

From the East Coast to the West Coast, from North to South, the weekly restaurant critic roundup is here for all of your dining out needs.

Restaurant Critic Roundup: 3/20/2013

Critic Publication Restaurant Rating
Ryan Sutton Bloomberg Gaonnuri 1 star
Pete Wells New York Times Chez Sardine 1 star
Michael Kaminer New York Daily News Moti Mahal Delux 3 stars
Michael Bauer San Francisco Chronicle Duende 4 bells
Brad A. Johnson Orange County Register Arc 3 stars
Tom Sietsema Washington Post Suna  0.5 stars
William Porter Denver Post Jezebel's Southern Bistro 2 stars
Robert Moss Charleston City Paper The Green Door  


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