Weekend Recap Part Deux: Little Serow

Little Serow

1511 17th Street NW
Washington DC 20036

In weekend Recap Part 1 I mentioned the Hubs and I ate at a restaurant called Little Serow.  I even talked about the process of actually getting to sit down to dinner.  It was such an experience that it truly deserved its own post.

Outside of Little Serow (Image Credit:sclusivo.blogspot.com)

Little Serow is an interesting little restaurant.  It only holds 28 people-ish, and the decor consists of a “tin roof” ceiling, turquoise walls and is very minimalistic. You can see the kitchen and staff working as you eat, and there are 3 servers, 1 of whom is the co-owner.  We sat at their center island on stools, which because the floor is poured concrete were off kilter.  This likely would annoy most people but I didn’t even remotely care, especially once the food came out.  (I wasn’t able to take any pictures, they do not allow flash photography  or video so I am borrowing these from other sources (which are linked)).

Little Serow (Image Credit: Bon Appetit Magazine)

The way the restaurant works is it is a $45 prefix menu plus wine/beer/drinks. 

They serve you only what is on the menu. 

If you don’t eat it, too bad, so sad.

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The wait staff was incredible.  The NICEST people you’ll ever meet.  You’d expect them to be pretentious but that they were not.

We weren’t sure which wine to go with and they were extremely accommodating and honest.  The Hubs and I both went with the recommendations.  I had a German White  and The Hubs had a Lambrusco? (not 100% certain about the name/spelling).  They brought out a little container of sticky rice & a basket of other veggies, and then proceeded to explain that these items were to be used to balance the heat and intense flavors we were about to experience.  They said it would makes sense once we started to eat.

Little Serow (Image Credit: BonAppetit Magazine)

Interest. PIQUED.

The first  of 7 “courses” came out, it was called “nam prik num“… yeah I don’t know what that means either but they served us Pork Skins which we used to dip into salsa-type mixture of chilies, shallots and shrimp paste (could be wrong about specific ingredients). It was Delicious and Spicy!! Holy heat batman! It was a gradual heat and of course we were trying to save the basket-o-veggies in case we “needed” it later, so we toughed it up and sucked down our water/wine.

Course 1 (Image Credit: http://www.tangmeister.com)

The 2nd and 3rd courses came out together the 2nd was called “tom kha gapi” which was  shrimp, ramps & galangal. OH and of course chilies… so it was spicy!! This was a soup and we were meant to dip the rice into it.   So we did delve into our reserve sticky rice and it all started to make sense in my mouth.  The 3rd course which went well with the soup was “soop naw mai” this was a salad-type mixture of bamboo shoots, salted snakehead fish topped with rice powder.  This particular dish was salty, sweet and acidic all at the same time.  The coconut in the soup helped to balance this meal.  Foodie, I am not, nor pretend to be but I’m starting to finally “get it.”

Snake Head Fish (Image Source: s3.amazonaws.com)

Soup (Image Source: s3.amazonaws.com)

The 4th course was “gai laap chiang ma” …yahhhh girlfriend ate Chicken Liver & liked it! WHAT, hold. the. phone.  This course was smokey and salty.  They served it with cabbage leaves.  It kind-of reminded me of eating Chicken Lettuce Wraps but on a whole other level.  Like to even compare the two does not do it justice.

Chicken Liver (Image Source: s3.amazonaws.com)

The 5th course was one of our favorites (all the courses were delicious) but this one deserves a special shout out.  It was called “naem khao tod” this was crispy rice, sour pork sausage and peanuts in a chili based sauce.  The crispy rice was divine! I popped one in my mouth and literally turned to hubs and said “OMG, you have to try this.”  I haven’t said that since love at first bite into the pansotti at Del Posto in NYC.

Have I mentioned yet that each and every one of these courses is incredibly spicy? 

I feel bad for course 6 because I don’t fully remember it. I think I was still in heaven from course 5 or drowning my mouth and lips with agua.  The Hubs was drunk by this point also so he’s of no help (thanks for nada homie).  It was called “gai lan bla kem” and consisted of salted fish, egg and “greens”.  I really feel bad that I cannot remember it because I know it was delicious.

The last main course came and this was the “si krong muu” or as I would call it Fall Off The Bone & Your Chair pork ribs with a mekhong (thai) whiskey sauce topped with dill & crispy onions.  I was so full at this point that it was a struggle to actually put anything more into my stomach.   But the pork was so incredibly freaking delicious, I am not even remotely exaggerating, that I powered through and ate it all anyway.  We were STUFFED… and still wanted more.

Course 7 (Image Credit: http://www.tangmeister.com)

MORE WE GOT!

The Pièce de résistance was when they brought out the coconut sticky rice for dessert. Ahhhhhhhh.  The perfect finish to the perfect meal. 

Coconut Sticky Rice (Image Source: s3.amazonaws.com)

This meal was a culinary experience like no other.  We’ve eaten at pretty good restaurants in NYC (Del Posto, Daniel… etc) but nothing quite compared to the service and taste explosion that went on during this meal.

I will caveat this by saying that this may have been the spiciest meal I’ve ever eaten.   The heat never compromised the integrity of the individual flavors.  So if you’re now interested, and no they did not pay me to write this, just be careful if you’re not adventurous and don’t like spicy food.

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Wine Down Wednesday – Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio

Wine Review…

The holidays are always the best time to try food and drinks you normally wouldn’t.  This is especially true for the overpriced or out-of-the-budget bevvies.  Luckily for my selective cheapness, my parents always have something fancy in their wine cellar basement closet lacking insulation.  Jay Kay, they for sure have a wine fridge where they keep the good stuff and for all other non-wine related drinks they keep them in the closet.

I may have mentioned we celebrated 4 Christmases this year and at Christmas #4 my parents finally broke out the good stuff!  (typical of them to roll out the proverbial red carpet when baby sis comes home… (I swear I do not have Middle Child Syndrome))

“The good stuff” was a bottle of 2010 Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio.

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio

(ignore the other bottle in the picture, at this time 99% of my pictures featured on le blog are taken on an iPhone)

Like usual, below is the description for this wine from their fancy website.

“The wine boasts a fresh, clean fragrance that is followed by a crisp, refreshing flavor with hints of citrus fruits. This wine is well-structured and sophisticated, a perfect choice for entertaining!”

Pros: Clean, refreshing and light.  Perfect for fish, poultry or veggie meals.  Always a great wine to bring for a dinner party or as a thank you for hosting gift.  Cork bottle for you twist-off haters cork collecting pinterest inspired cork craft maker.
Cons: A little pricey, not for your average run of the mill nightly drink, unless you make a nice living then be my I’ll be your guest.

Wine accessory of the week

A few weeks ago I had a girl’s night out in the city (city being NYC) with my two best betches.  We went window shopping at the little shops in Bryant Park, walked around and had dinner together.  While perusing the little shops, we of course saw these “shoes” from across the park and strolled right on in to a pop-up boutique.  They weren’t actual shoes but wine bottle holders.  Now, I’m not entirely sure how practical a “wine bottle holder” is but oh.em.gee is it adorable!  My friend bought one for her friend who loves her Louboutins!

Diva Noir Wine Bottle Holder

Diva Noir Wine Bottle Holder $24