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Photos: Doi Moi, 14th Street’s brightest new restaurant

On a street with plenty of dark and dusky restaurants, one thing that sets Doi Moi apart is its brightness. Practically everyone gets a window view at the sunny 135-seat restaurant at 1800 14th St. NW, which is characterized by its white oak benches and white walls accented with tchotchkes from owner Mark Kuller's travels in Vietnam and Thailand. The only seats that don't have a window offer a different kind of people-watching, with 15 seats around the open kitchen and 16 seats at the bar.

(Maura Judkis/for The Post) A nook with some white oak benches, and scrolls picked up from Kuller's travels. (Maura Judkis/The Washington Post)

The menu, inspired by Asian street food, still hasn't been finalized, and it looks as though diners who attended last night's Brainfood benefit heeded the restaurant's plea not to post reviews on social media, because we haven't seen any yet. In the meantime, take a sneak peek at the airy space, which is set to open on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

(Maura Judkis/for The Post) The open kitchen features custom-made grills for satay skewers. (Maura Judkis/The Washington Post)
(Maura Judkis/for The Post) Kuller's souvenirs. (Maura Judkis/The Washington Post)
(Maura Judkis/for The Post) A view of the 16-seat bar at Doi Moi. (Maura Judkis/The Washington Post)
(Maura Judkis/for The Post) A photograph of monks praying at a waterfall was enlarged to make wallpaper for the booths near the bar. (Maura Judkis/The Washington Post)
Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.



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