The H Street corridor is fast becoming one of the most diverse dining destinations in the District. Things just got even more interesting with the addition of Khan’s Grill & Bar, which opened in late March. “We wanted to bring something unique,” says general manager Nate Oser. “The Queen Vic does the British pub thing, Dangerously Delicious does pies, and now we’re bringing Mongolian barbecue. It’s a good mix.”
The Vision: This playful Asian grill and sports bar boasts a giant projection screen and several flat screens showing D.C. teams’ games, and an impressive circular grill where meals are cooked to order. There’s even a brass gong that patrons get to bang after tipping the cook.
Eats: If you want freshly grilled stir-fry, you start out at the buffet and fill a bowl with your choice of ingredients. Selections include noodles, tofu and a mix of vegetables. Then you fill a small cup with your choice of eight homemade sauces: sweet bulgogi (Korean barbecue sauce), spicy bulgogi, teriyaki, sweet and sour, barbecue, Szechuan (a red chili-based hot sauce), honey mustard and garlic. You hand all this to one of the chefs, who will add your choice of chicken, beef ($10 at lunch, $12 at dinner) or shrimp ($12 at lunch, $14 at dinner) and stir-fry everything. Be prepared to wait — it takes five to 15 minutes to complete an order, depending on how many diners are in line ahead of you.
If you don’t want to build a meal, the bar menu boasts half a dozen options (available from 4 p.m. till midnight during the week and until 1 a.m. on weekends). The two standouts are the donkatsu — an apple-and-kiwi-marinated pork chop cutlet that’s fried, cut into strips and topped with a little plum sauce ($10); and the sweet and fiery Dragon’s Breath wings ($9).
Drinks: If you want some spirits with your stir-fry, Khan’s offers close to 20 whiskeys, including two Japanese brands, Hibiki and Yamazaki ($18). Oser is also overseeing the creation of two house whiskeys — a single malt and a rye — which are curing in miniature oak casks behind the bar and will be available for purchase later this summer. Be forewarned: Oser estimates that the whiskeys will be more than 120 proof.
Atmosphere: H Street residents and hungry souls who work in the area come in during the day to mix up their lunch routines, while sports fans make up the grill and bar’s nighttime crowd.
» 1125 H St. NE; 202-399-6010, Khansdc.com.
Photos and article by Express contributor Nevin Martell.