Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mosaic District: True Food Kitchen

2910 District Ave #170
Mosaic District
Fairfax, VA
571-326-1616

After all of the hype surrounding True Food Kitchen I finally made it there the other night with my friends Teddy and Sam. True Food Kitchen is a health-focused restaurant that feature dishes that abide by Dr.Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet I've been hearing about ridiculous wait times, and Sunday night when I put our names down we were quotes 50-60 minutes but it only ended up being about 30.

Teddy ordered The Peacemaker $13 buffalo trace bourbon, averna, honey, lemon, heavy brewed black tea and I had the Ginger Margarita (shown below) $13 gran centenario, st. germain, ginger agave, flamed orange. Both drinks were original and fantastic.

Based off the reviews on yelp and the recommendation of one of the bartenders the Edamame Dumplings $9 were a must order. Filled with edamame in a broth with white truffle these were spectacular. A firm believer in (pan)fried dumplings I was able to get past the softer texture because of the complex flavors.

Last minute Sam decided to order the Albacore Tataki $12 – not knowing at all what it was. I figured it was some sort of rawish tuna (I was right, it is slightly seared), and yes, I ate it – a few bites in fact. I’m getting much more daring with trying things. This was good, but not stand out.
I ordered the Teriyaki Brown Rice Bowl with Steak $16 (can also come with tofu or chicken). This was good and exactly what you would expect of a brown rice and teriyaki bowl – absolutely no surprises. The steak was cooked perfectly and there were no weird bits (which is crucial) and the overall dish was very plentiful. While I ate the majority of it, my bottomless pit of a friend ended up polishing it off for me. 

Teddy ordered the Miso Glazed Black Cod $25 which he enjoyed but thought there should be a little more substance to the dish. I snuck a bit of the fish and it was cooked well, but agreed that if you are getting this for a meal you need a little starch or carbs. Sam ordered the Panang Curry with Shrimp $17. He thought this dish was just ok and the potatoes and rice were a little undercooked.
Everyone has been raving about the Squash Pie with Coconut Whipped Cream $7 so that was a must order for dessert. If you are a lover of pumpkin pie then you will love this. The boys loved it while I thought it was good, pumpkin pie isn’t my thing though. However the coconut whipped cream was fantastic. We also decided to try the Flourless Chocolate Cake (GF, VEG) $7 made with 72% Cocoa, Vanilla Cream, Almond Butter and Caramel. This was the cake of my dreams. A chocolate molton cake with caramel oozing out. Serious Perfection. Funny story, Sam decided to take a break when there were only a few bites of dessert left…he went for the chocolate and I had finished it off so he started to reach for the rest of the squash pie, which Teddy quick shoved the last very big bite (like 3 bites worth) into his mouth. If you snooze you lose, especially with dessert.
Our servers were nice, but actual service was a little spotty. They don’t bring you water unless you ask for it – and are quite bad at keeping it refilled. The food was good – there were a lot of Asian influences on the menu which was a little unexpected, but I guess originating from the West Coast it makes sense. If you are looking for a healthier night out where you can have drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts without feeling like a blob this is the place for you. We all enjoyed everything, and agreed, while the food was good – there is no rush to come back, especially if there is an hour wait.


Would I come back? Probably (the food was good, but I am a pretty good cook and can make certain dishes that I enjoyed at home pretty easily), if I do, it will most likely be for drinks and appetizers/desserts. I would be more inclined to come back if they took reservations or there wasn’t such a long wait all the time. 


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