Welcome to an amazing and unconventional world of Michelin star winner Unconventional Diner located right by DC’s Convention Center in Shaw. Comes from Chef David Deshaies who worked under a celebrity Chef Michel Richard for 17 years now taking by storm the city with his new take on diners. True to its name, everything here is unconventional and amazing. Everything from starters, sharables, to entree, and desserts all prepared with perfection. Their sharable dishes were so good that we could eat them and be satisfied. Luckily the place is not crazy packed, and we were able to get reservation pretty easy on the same day. One big tip, make sure everyone arrives on top as they don’t sit you untill entire party is there. You can bet on it that we will return and update this review with more dishes.
Avocado Toast $13 (5 NOMs)
We started our unconventional nomnoms with this beautiful sharable dish, Avocado Toast. True to the restaurant name, they bring this to another level with presentation and taste. Being an egg lover, we just fell in love with the confit egg yolk. Cut right through to spread the yolk goodness all around. Bite-size bread pieces come on a side for you to prepare your won nomnoms or skip the bread altogether. Extra bonuses for this dish is vegetarian-friendly (unless you count egg as meat), dairy free, and gluten free bread available by request. This dish got our expectations very high for the rest for dinner. Remember, just because its from sharable part of the menu, no one said you have to share it.
Everything Lox $13 (5 NOMs)
In life, we want everything and Everything Lox delivers this with one of our favorite dishes of the night. Get ready for a great and unconventional take on Everything Bagel and Lox. At first sight, you see a nice layered smoked salmon on top of wasabi cream. What you don’t see as you cut through this the poached egg’s yolk goes everywhere. Such a great combination of flavors and textures. The everything bagel is cut up into small bite size pieces that make sit perfect to add all the different ingredients. We still can’t get over the egg on the inside. What I love about this restaurant is how they incorporate the egg, and it is running yolk into so many things. Honestly, can we marry the chef? We love eggs so much, and he already won our hearts. We would say this is another dish that you should feel no guilt, not sharing and eating the whole thing.
Miso Salmon $22 (5 NOMs)
We are going healthy with our first full dish of the night, the Miso Salmon. What a great combination to create a tasty seafood dish. Miso Salmon, Zucchini, and pine nuts with a lemon sauce on the side. Both fish and veggies are very light in both the seasoning and profile. Great for those who do not want to fall into a food coma, or enjoyed few too, many appetizers.
Chicken Parm Florentine $23 (4 NOMs)
Carbs never tasted better when in Chicken Parm Florentine. What not to like, its breaded chicken, melted cheese, and pasta all together to create this masterpiece. What makes this special is that pasta is already rolled into bites. Great way to make this easier to eat and ensure you have the right amount of pasta in your bite. We also love that marinara sauce is at the bottom so we can choose the right amount for us. Of course, we love that Gruyere cheesy goodness on top of the crispy chicken patty. If you are a fan of chicken parm, then this is for you.
Meatloaf $23 (4 NOMs)
Grandma has nothing on this amazing siracha glazed Meatloaf from Unconventional Diner. Another beautiful dish, with a nice piece of meat surrounded by some delicious morel (mushroom) gravy. Served with a side of some chunky and gooey mashed potatoes with some green onion. The meatloaf was so smooth and soft. You might have expected it to have a bit of a kick with Sirach, but it was very mild. It’s so good that your grandma would give up cooking ever again.
Sunny Eggs $9 (5 NOMs)
Who knew Eggs and Bacon make for a great breakfast and dessert. Every part of this dessert is made from the sugary sweet things. Yes, this is by far one of the most fun desserts out there. Might sound like and look like eggs, but its far from it. Lets breakdown all the witchcraft going on here with egg whites from coconut mousse, yolk from mango, and bacon from some magic sour-like things. Just like all the dishes we’ve had so far, Sunny Eggs has a great presentation. Flavor wise it was just as good as it looks. Just like real eggs, the mango Yolk had more flavor compared to the coconut moose, which was smooth and light. It was so fun to dig into this dish and try everything.
Rhubarb Strawbery Cobbler (3 NOMs)
We going warm and cold with a Rhubarb Strawbery Cobbler. While we are not as big fans of cobbler it was still a great nom nom. Plus our first who loves them ate the whole things. So it must have been good.
Smith Island Carrot Cake $9 (4 NOMs)
They say eat more veggies, now this is the best way, with a whole lot of cake on it! Look at this multi-level orange beauty. Several layers of creme anglaise which is French for English cream. It’s nice and light so you won’t feel like sugar overload from eating this whole thing.
Ferrero Rocher Tart $9 (5 NOMs)
The last, but not least, the best dessert of the night is Ferrero Rocher Tart. This dessert is one of their top sellers for a good reason. What not to love, its thick layer of Gianduja chocolate spread which contains a lot of hazelnut paste and Nutella with caramel, cream, and nuts. As you can see it a whole lot of nutty things. This tart is one sugary overload, and we are living for it. Both the texture and sweetness gave us nomster happiness with every bite. Not the lightest of desserts so it might be good to share it with a few friends.
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