Doi Moi Opens Doors on 14th Street NW

By Olga Boikess  |  August 25, 2013
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Doi Moi, the Southeast Asian from the Proof/Estadio team, is slated to open this week and is expected to rev up the heat on already scorching 14th St. N.W. Vividly flavored street food paired with an Asian-accented drink scene will play out in a cool, modern, whitewashed brick and pale oak setting. Here’s a preview of a much anticipated location that’s been kept under wraps.

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    The name translates to “new change” and alludes to economic changes (an open-door policy) in Vietnam, as well as the changes along 14th St. N.W. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the bustling street action, the open setting will also give passersby a glimpse of what is likely to be a stylish scene inside. There will also be a sidewalk patio.

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    A large open kitchen fronted by a three-sided quartz eating counter features two huge woks, and a custom satay grill and noodle cooker. Dining here will be an interactive experience.

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    The small plate format features starters, soups, curries, noodle and fried rice dishes, along with share plates like a shellfish crêpe, whole fish and roasted chicken. It's inspired by Vietnam and Thailand, as well as neighbors like Cambodia and Malaysia, so look for interesting accents and twists even when dishes sound familiar.

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    A large rectangular bar is the centerpiece of the adjoining area. Craft cocktails and housemade sodas will play up Southeast Asian flavors to match the robust seasoning of the food. An extensive wine list will focus on (relatively) affordable choices and Asian beers.

    Oversized booths are likely to be primo perches for watching the action.

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    Artifacts, like shelves of dolls, books, wall hangings and artful tiles provide colorful accents and conversation starters - although the hard surfaces and windows are likely to make it buzzy (read: loud), so it might not come in handy.