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Little Serow
Thai Restaurant$$$
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1511 17th St NW Washington, DC 20036
1511 17th Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20036
$$$Thai RestaurantToday Closed
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:30 – 10:00 PMWednesday 5:30 – 10:00 PMThursday 5:30 – 10:00 PMFriday 5:30 – 10:30 PMSaturday 5:30 – 10:30 PMSunday Closed
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Intimate & dark, this cavelike spot serves an innovative set menu of Northern-Thailand specialties.- Google
"Innovative Northern Thai restaurant with changing menu."
"Skip this spot altogether if you are picky or have food allergies."
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Alejandro Aviles
a week ago
Oh. My. Goodness. This place is WAY better than my expectations. I guess this isn't fair because my expectations were set Lupo Verde (avoid them) and their awful managers. Okay, back to Little Serow. Delicious food. Perfect serving time. The wait staff knows their stuff. It is worth waiting in line.
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Eric Nodiff
6 months ago
While I understand a restaurant not making substitutions, I was surprised that they would not agree to withhold cilantro from dishes that were not already prepped. I have an aversion to cilantro and had to pick it out of virtually every dish. In fairness I was warned that they use cilantro in many of their dishes. But after watching the dishes being prepared I think it's weird that you wouldn't agree to withhold the cilantro where possible (such as where it's a garnish). On a positive note, the wait staff was friendly. BTW, cilantro aside, and having nothing to do with the hot spices (yes, most dishes were satisfyingly hot), I didn't love most of the dishes. Pork ribs were tender and delicious and the tray of greens were incredibly fresh and were a good foil for the hot food, but the sticky rice was barely warm and overly sticky and the catfish was overcooked. I know I'm in the minority and perhaps biased based on their stated refusal to remove cilantro, but I write it as I taste it....
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John Allen
6 months ago
Sawadee krup So I found this restaurant on several sites listed among the top 5 in DC. Some reviews I read say people line up before they open to get a table since no reservations are accepted. Here is one review “Cognoscenti swear that chef owner Johnny Monis has “absolutely nailed” Northern Thailand’s “hotter than heck” night stall cuisine at this semi “secret” Dupont Circle basement” We arrived at this unmarked door with 4 people in line. The door would open and a nice guy (Host) would ask the next group in. After 5 minutes we were asked in, name and cell number taken and told we would get a text in an hour when our table was ready. In an hour we got our text. We were met by the Host at the door (never got his name). After inquiring if we could handle spicy food and had no allergies we were escorted to our table by our Host and Mary (Hostess). These two were the most congenial staff in the place. I quickly learned there was neither a Thai in the place nor anyone who could even speak basic Thai. Interesting start. Here was our menu: Week of May 19, 2015 nam prik narohk snakehead fish / tamarind / shrimp paste tom saep gapi shrimp / mushroom / sawtooth yam makheua yao eggplant / cured duck egg / shallot laap gai chiang mai chicken / offal / lanna spices tow hu thouk tofu / cilantro root / peanut yum pla duk catfish / lemongrass / chili jam si krong muu pork ribs / mekhong whiskey / dill $45 ** sorry, no substitutions; dishes may contain pork, shellfish and nuts, even when not listed The nam prik narohk was excellent. However, I detected a hint of liquid smoke flavoring? The tom saep gapi soup was a wonderful cold soup. However, my friend made what became the gaff of the night when the soup arrived. It came in a large bowl, with smaller bowls and a Thai style spoon. My friend asked the waitress who was talking to the people seated next to us for another soup spoon and was admonished for interrupting her. Yes, the wait staff admonished us for daring to interrupt her and ask for something. She (also did not get name) would not look at us the rest of the night. She acted like a pretentious ass from that point on. She would place something in front of us, refill our water, etc. with eyes averted and a snarl on her face. I saw her smile and interact with many other patrons, but she made a huge point of making us feel unwelcome. This went on so long I finally apologized to her for interrupting. She responded with “Apology accepted” turned and walked away. Really, so she was acting this way because we interrupted and asked for a spoon? The apology did nothing to change her cold shoulder and complete disdain for us as customers. The other servers we interacted with were not friendly either and acted as they were just going through the motions. Everything else on the menu was good with the exception of the catfish. The catfish was fried. It was so overcooked I thought it was cracklin, not fish. Also, several dishes were too heavy on the cilantro. As for the fiery spices, anyone who knows me knows I sweat when I eat true Thai food. I never broke a sweat here. There was spice in some dishes, however nothing like I get in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Hua Hin. The food absolutely did NOT nail hotter-than-heck night-stall cuisine. But, overall it was still very good food. The overall experience rated a 2 out of 5 stars in my book. The food was a 4 but the treatment by the serving staff ruined the experience. We were treated like we should feel privileged we were allowed to eat here (except by Mary and the Host). Good luck. If that is the attitude they are trying to portray, they succeeded. Kop khun krup.
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Dennis Alex
a year ago
First off, there is no sign for this place. It's an unmarked door... We came late and put our names in at around 7pm... they told us we could have a table around 10:30... we took it. The food was amazing. Best Thai food I've ever had. Naturally delicious without gimmicks. Can't say enough about how great it was. VERY VERY spicy... just be ready for it. Get the rice milk it cuts the heat quite a bit. Place had very cool 50s decor. Didn't seem like it would be found in a Thai place but it worked really well. Dimly lit, attentive service, and a tasting menu for 2 for under $130 out the door.
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Nelson Cortes
2 weeks ago
It was our first time at Little Serow. We went with some friends that are usual customers, and all they said about it was true. The food was spicy and delicious. The combination of flavors, seasonings, and all spiciness was perfect. The ribs at the end was a fantastic end to an orgasmic meal. Our friends knew the staff, and the service was super friendly. We loved this place, the food, and the friendly staff and will become regular clients for sure.
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Eli Anders
a week ago
Fabulous, funky spicy northern Thai food, served family style over seven courses from a fixed menu. Though no reservations/having to wait in line when they open to get a table is a pain, the food is worth it and reasonably priced for the quality.
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Aaron Timms
a week ago
The toilets are terrific. As is the food.
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Jaspreet Singh
a year ago
Innovative Northern Thai restaurant with changing menu. Only downside, you need lots of time - you have to stand in line to get name on list to get in for the evening, then they will let you know when you can come back for dinner. It took us 2.5 hours from the time we got in line to when we were finally seated. Meal itself was excellent - all the rave reviews are justified. This is an excellent meal - worth going through the hoops of standing in line - at least once.
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