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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Mama Rouge Southeast Asian Bistro

3000 K St. NW (31st St. NW) Send to Phone
A sophisticated blend of Southeast Asian cuisines with a French touch at this Washington Harbor restaurant.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Mama Rouge Southeast Asian Bistro Restaurant Review

: In an updated and drastically renovated setting, Mama Rouge takes over from Bangkok Joe’s with the same owners but a very different perspective. Where dumplings once prevailed in a decidedly Thai environment, Mama Rouge embraces a broad gathering of Asian favorites and adds a French touch or two to the offerings: duck a l’orange, steak frites, lobster risotto, and chocolate mousse bear obvious Western influences. But patrons can peruse the menu for Far Eastern fare as well. A tasty start to a meal would be either the pork or shrimp dumplings; the Thai summer rolls are too large and loosely packed for easy eating. Then assorted curries, Asian-style grilled dishes such as lemon grass pork, bowls of Vietnamese pho, and noodles tempt. Of the noodle selections, the shrimp pad see ew could fare better with more seasoning and the typical wide rice noodles. As for the Vietnamese banh mi, the crispy pork belly is a knockout: served on your choice of baguette or croissant, this is an overstuffed goodie that showcases the delicacy of the meat. If you want to kick up the seasonings, each table is set with its own tray of sauces. Scan the very unusual cocktail menu for some exotic alcoholic drinks. End the meal with the ever-so-French lemon custard tart.


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