A lot of the food at Kyirisan sounds made up, so you might be skeptical at first glance of the French and Chinese menu. Earl grey noodles? Falernum foam? These are the kind of ingredients they use, and you’ll quickly learn not to question them. Because the result is a bunch of excellent dishes you probably won’t find anywhere else, and especially not in DC.
And with deep blue leather booths, wood paneling on the walls, and gold trim on the ceiling, Kyirisan also doesn’t look like many of the places around town. It’s more grown-up than cute, and feels like that apartment you aspire to have when you’re old enough to read a full issue of the New Yorker.
The downside of Kyirisan being a great, trendy spot in Shaw is that it’s a great, trendy spot in Shaw. It’s pricey (though not outrageous) and hard to get into, so use it for a fancy date night, special occasion, or brunch when you can get your group to plan ahead.