By Matthew Yglesias
DC’s Chinatown is full of restaurants, few of them good, and even fewer of them Chinese. Over the weekend I took the opportunity to try out a relatively new entry onto the scene, Absolute Thai at 521 G Street. Befitting its location, you don’t get the mad hustle and bustle of 7th Street establishments. One section of the menu promises “authentic” Thai recipes by which they seem to mean the exact same pad thai and pad prik king that adorn the menu of all Thai restaurants in the United States. But then again for all I know those actually are authentic Thai dishes.
My friend and I, however, went for the more off-the-beaten-path offerings listed under “specialties.” The crispy duck was quite good, the other two things we had unremarkable. But a mediocre Thai restaurant across the street from the movie theater and the Verizon Center seems like the kind of establishment I could consider myself revisiting.