I'm a HUGE fan of most asian food. Especially, if it's tasty and authentic.
For more birthday this year a friend took me a for a chef's tasting at CHIKO. It's a Chinese and Korean fusion restaurant.
Usually, when I hear the word "fusion" I walk in being a bit snobby. I don't usually have good experience with fusion places. For me, they are usually overpriced and underwhelming. Fortunately, CHIKO proved to be different.
According to the website, "CHIKO is the first restaurant from The Fried Rice Collective. Chefs Danny Lee and Scott Drewno pair modern cooking techniques with traditional Chinese and Korean flavors, while Drew Kim provides his passion for hospitality ensuring a unique dining experience."
It didn't taste completely like either Chinese and Korean food in my opinion, but I was very happy with what they served.
For the chef's tasting, the chef walks you through several courses of their best dishes. If you do this eat slowing because you will have leftovers!
It's actually hard to narrow down what my top favorite things where.
Double-Fried Chicken Wings
Garlic Shrimp Dumpling
Turmeric Pickled Daikon
Sichuan Spicy Cucumbers
Half- a- Cado Salad
Brisket and Rice Cakes
I told them I have a peanut allergy and they immediately adjusted the menu. Though, there aren't many peanut dishes anyways. There are also a lot of vegetarian and gluten- free options.
Overall, I'd recommend as a restaurant itself, but not if someone was asking for authentic asian food in the DMV area.