Mrs. Chow and I dined at Nage over the summer because we had a Living Social voucher. Seems this is how we try most new restaurants these days. We didn’t know what to expect, so we started the meal with an open mind.
Nage offers a menu with a lot of different options. We were pleasantly surprised to see seasonal items on the menu. such as strawberries in the salads. Mrs. Chow really digs stuff like that, even if she doesn’t actually order it. Just having the option is winning in her book.
We really liked a couple of other things about Nage. It has a “hip” ambiance attached to the Marriott hotel. The service was great, and the overall lighting and noise level was also very good. Best of all, were able to snag a reservation during prime dinner hour on a weekend with practically zero notice.
What we really wanted to like a bit more was the food. We started off with an order of Chimay-Braised Mussels. This was the best dish of the night. There were plenty of mussels in a tomato-based sauce. Score! For main dishes, Mrs. Chow and I ordered the lobster Mac’n cheese and Slow-Baked Salmon, respectively. The mac’n cheese was just alright in terms of taste, texture, and cheesiness. There was a nice amount of lobster in the dish, but the cheese seemed a bit too runny and the lobster was a bit overcooked. I’m a huge fan of cheese and pasta (who isn’t), so I was disappointed that the combination of lobster and mac n’cheese didn’t blow me away. The baked salmon was probably our least favorite dish of the night. It was a bit too salty for our preference; we could barely eat half. Mrs. Chow really likes the crispy, tasty salmon at the Great American restaurants, and was hoping for something even better than that.
Perhaps we should’ve gone with the seasonal menu items, or maybe the chef was having an off day with his balance of salt, cheese and lobster. In any case, we probably won’t be back to Nage anytime soon. We have a bunch of groupons and vouchers to use first.
Nage Washington D.C.
1600 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone (202) 448-8005