Thursday, October 20, 2011

Where to Eat: Zabb Modern Asian

Last week, I got a text from a gentleman with whom I'd recently had a nice first date inquiring if I wanted to have dinner with him that Saturday.  I replied that I would, and he followed up by asking if I preferred Thai or Mexican, which is kind of like asking if I'd rather go sunbathe in Tahiti or Bali.

I like both, so I'll let you decide, I responded.    

Great, let's meet by the Dupont metro at 7:30 and we'll go from there.
Saturday rolled around and I was eagerly anticipating enchiladas when my date spotted me by the metro and came over to hug me hello.

"So, I was thinking we could check out Lauriol Plaza," he said.

Seriously, you want to go to Lauriol Plaza?  On a Saturday night?

"Well, that sounds good," I said.  "But just to warn you, it gets pretty crowded on the weekends."

"Hmm, true, but maybe it won't be too bad since there's just two of us."

Incorrect, I thought.

"Okay, let's go check it out."

Unsurprisingly, we arrived to a zoo of girls tottering on heels and hordes of bro'ed out men.  After waiting for a few minutes just to put our names in for a table, my date turned to me and said,

"Okay, you were right.  Want to go check out that new Asian place across the street?"

Turns out, Zabb Asian is like the Asian version of Lauriol Plaza- the food is nothing to write home about, but it's a nice atmosphere and the service is good.

We sat on the patio upstairs, which was quite a lovely and romantic setting, though it didn't really distract me from the increasing lameness of my date's jokes.


I ordered a tofu and veggie dish, which was okay.  My date didn't like his sushi, but I don't know that I'd trust his opinion that much since he thought it was a good idea to dress up in a child's superman costume last year and then go into detail on our date about how he had stuffed the crotch.  Feeling uncomfortable, I grabbed my strawberry basil mojito and downed half of it.  Like the food, it was just okay. 

In short, if you go to Zabb, you can count on the fact that the service and setting is nice.  If you sit outside or by the window, you can point and laugh at the suckers waiting in the long line for Lauriol Plaza.  But that's really all it has to offer, unfortunately.

Well, that, and it's a great backdrop for stories about crotch stuffing.

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