Date Visited: February 2, 2013
A new restaurant has recently opened its doors on Barrack’s Row: Tash. Also the Persian word for flame… A sister restaurant to Nooshi and the Moby Dick House of Kabob, this Turkish-Persian fusion of flames, meat and dough dolls out a varied menu with something for everyone.
I stopped in for appetizers and drinks to check the place out. Creative cocktails, a well-thought wine list (work in progress I’m told) and friendly staff will make this an excellent staple on Capitol Hill.
A few service-flow kinks need to be ironed out…
- Do we see the hostess at the door, the bar or in that middle island (after the bar)?
- The bartender seemed very busy providing all of the drinks to the restaurant (by himself). Why aren’t the servers responsible for fountain drinks at least? It seems like a waste of time to have 2 servers waiting for more Coke while 6 people are sitting at the bar waiting to order a drink, or ask a question about the establishment. On that note, our bread chalice ended up empty while we still had dips to enjoy because the bartender was sympathetically preoccupied.
We ordered the Crispy Piroshki, Mirza (photo), and the Olive Dip. The food came out quickly and hot (if it was supposed to be hot). The Olive Dip is served at 60-ish degrees (F). All were very good. I did feel the desire for some sort of Tzatziki-style dipping sauce. A creme fraiche would have been a good way to make the piroshki stay on the plate (as it was plated) and also absorb some of the residual oil left from the fryer.
Did I mention the decor? It’s unique, warm and cozy. The patterns on the wall are authentic and paired with the firewood, perfectly mirror the array of flavors on the menu.
Plus: Nooshi is scheduled to open a new location directly above with a separate side entrance.
Tash House of Kabob at 524 8th St SE, Washington DC