Image: Chicken – battered and lacquered.
Last Updated: June 2021
Current Status: One of the crazier – as in weird – things that happened in 2020 was that a popular new restaurant essentially imploded. As a result, the very talented Chef Kevin Tien walked away from what appeared to be a passion project named after a family member. A few months later he took over the Kith/Kin space – another summer of 2020 casualty – and brought his Louisiana-inflected version of Vietnamese food to the Wharf. Emilie’s was a loss; Moon Rabbit is a consolation that preserves so much of the good. You should go and you should get at least one of the crudos. They are open for dine-in. Take-out appears to have been discontinued.
FYI – Tom in the Post notes the skimpy wine selection and price point. Considering how amazing and creative the wine list was at Emilie’s, it looks like the corporate beverage director took over in this case (8 of the 15 white bottles are Chardonnay).
Washington Post: Tom’s initial take – It’s good to be eating Kevin Tien’s cooking again.
Lori (Been There Eaten That): No coverage yet, but another local poster, Joseph of DC Food Pundit seemed to enjoy it.