DC’s Small, Historic Chinatown

I walked around DC’s Chinatown for a bit. It’s nowhere near as big as New York City’s, but it’s a nice historic neighborhood with around 20 ethnic Chinese and other Asian restaurants along H and I Streets between 5th and 8th Street NW. You can’t miss the Chinese gate, known as the Friendship Arch, built over H Street.

Friendship Arch

I figured I’d grab a bite to eat while I was here. I walked around and around. I finally decided to try Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar. The cozy restaurant serves traditional and contemporary dishes, as well as cocktails. I walked in and was immediately seated at a small table next to the bar. I wasn’t super hungry and decided to try a couple appetizers…with some Thai iced tea of course.

I ordered the classic chicken satay – skewered strips of marinated chicken served with a peanut sauce and cucumber relish. They were okay. I’ve definitely had better. The Thai iced tea was good. It’s always good.

Dumplings and Chicken Satay

I also ordered the chive dumplings – chives in a green chive pastry pan-fried and served with a ginger soy dip. Not too bad, but nothing special.

Chive Dumplings

I know there are some great restaurants around Chinatown, but this was just a last minute snack to have before heading back to the hotel. I look forward to trying other places next time.

Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar
507 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 842-1405

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